India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 1st day December 13, 2012

Cook suffers on Root's bow

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first day in Nagpur
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Close-call of the day
Jonathan Trott was on seven and the score was 11 for 1 when, attempting to drive a delivery from Ishant Sharma, he seemed to complete the stroke too early and was struck on the front pad by the ball. India were convinced it was out but the umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, gave Trott the benefit of the doubt. Hawkeye suggested that the ball was going on to hit middle stump but Trott was struck fractionally outside the line of off stump. It was very, very close.

Error of the day
If India were feeling aggrieved at the not out decision to Trott, their mood was quickly improved by the lbw decision against Alastair Cook in Sharma's next over. Cook, the most prolific batsman on either side in this series, was struck on the front pad as he prodded forward, with replays suggesting the ball would have missed the off stump by some way. It was a surprising error from Dharmasena, who was named the ICC's umpire of the year in September, and another reminder of the value of the DRS.

Selection of the day
The selection of Joe Root was something of a surprise. While the decision to drop Samit Patel, whose spin has been ineffective and who has failed with the bat, was not unexpected, 21-year-old Root was thought to be behind Jonny Bairstow and perhaps Eoin Morgan too in the race to replace him. But with Bairstow having looked unconvincing against spin in Mumbai and Morgan having done little to dispel the poor impression he made in the UAE - he averaged only 19.00 in the 2012 County Championship season - Root's ability to play spin won him a maiden Test cap.

While Root has had little opportunity to impress on this tour, he did score 166 for the England Performance Programme (EPP) a couple of weeks ago. He also made a good impression on the last EPP and Lions tours where his ability to play spin was identified by the ECB's lead batting coach, Graham Thorpe. Former England stalwart Paul Collingwood, now working as a TV summariser, presented the cap to Root a few minutes before the toss.

Wicket of the day
Ravindra Jadeja's first Test wicket owed more than a little to batsman error. Jonathan Trott, solid after his early lbw scare, left a straight one and watched it thump into his off-stump. It was an odd stroke - or lack of stroke - bearing in mind there had been little spin throughout the day. Trott and Kevin Pietersen had added 86 runs together in 39 overs and the dismissal began a turning of the tide in India's favour.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Comments on umpiring with the benefit of a slow replay is unfair to the umpire who has to take a decision at the moment and most batsman move their feet and this can cause some reason for such mistakes. It has also been seen that even with TV rep-lays to decide appeals do not guarantee a fool proof decision, I think arm chair commentators sitting in the comfort of their air conditioned cabins with the benefit of sl mo replays should desist from condemning honest, impartial umpires. And quite often these get compensated in one way or another. There should be a ICC ruling o0n such unfair comments on umpiring and let the umpire panel tale note of such mistakes if any and make an overall assessment of the umpire's ability.

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Mr. Dobell, probably you didnt watch the replays of Trott's appeal. The ball clearly struck him on off stump. Stop calling for DRS when it suits you!

  • Crikoot on December 14, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Dharmasena once again. No matter whether you are against or for DRS, Dharmasne should be shown a red card. How come this guy got umpire of the year award! There is something wrong somewhere.

  • PDHARMA on December 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Jadeja - Under Dhoni T20 - flopped ODI - flopped IPL- flopped Test -?

  • Chris_P on December 13, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @KameshRao. Not sure what you were reading re: DRS, but every article I read when England got the decision, it was also mentioned. India's better tactics were the reason, not the low slow pitch which helped balls "die" after pitching? Let's wait till a couple of days when the pitch has the final say, shall we?

  • PGSGimson on December 13, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @vikasverma: "Trotts LBW shout was marginal,, I saw it , it was PLUMB"

    I don't understand your point. If Trott was struck outside the line of off stump then the rules of cricket clearly state that the batsman can't be given out if attempting a shot. According to the article, it JUST hit him outside the line. It doesn't matter if the ball is hitting the middle of middle stump - if it hits the batsman outside the line it is not out.

    How was the decision "PLUMB"? Surely the umpire made the correct call, even if it was close to being out?

  • Kolpak1989 on December 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    @KameshRao, law of averages or not Cook still got a very bad decision against him. Not sure what you mean by India's superior tactics in the field; their tactics certainly haven't availed them much in this series so far and most of them can't catch or run anyway. I'm not saying that DRS is the panacea that will solve all umpiring problems but it cuts down the margin of error and I think it is good for the game. Agree with Tumbarumbar though that recalling the batsmen after the umpire has asked for a video review is a pain in the backside and slows the game down too much. But that isn't DRS.

  • WonkyFNQ on December 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    There will always be doubtful decisions - that is reality. The purpose of DRS is to avoid the shockers. The laws of the game do, and always have, resolved doubt in favour of the batsman - hence the "margin for error" in the DRS. I do not believe that the DRS can be perfect to a few millimetres, but it does not have to be if used properly. The way it was used in the Aus / SA series is getting closer, but can still be improved. The main improvement that they need now is to take the reviews away from the players, and give it to the third umpire, who should review every decision apart from bowled and obvious catches.

  • nellaiseemai on December 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Jadeja should also have been mentioned on the selection of the day especially cricinfo commentary team talks a lot about the non selection of Rahane. Why not the line "need for DRS" not included in the Trott's marginal decision? This and the whole day summary is in a way supporting England. Why not Englishmen adopted to this? Does cricinfo forget test cricket after watching so many ODI and T20? After all India also has to play on this track. What you would have said if the match is a rank turner and the match end inside three days-India making pitch to suit its advantage? But you would tell that this series because English spinners adopted to this very well. Let their batsmen succeed like their spinners. As for Trott's close call it is PLUMB out. Imagine a situation McGrath vs Tendulkar it would have definitely gone in favor of McGrath. We would praise him how well he bowled on the lifeless pitch and beat tendulkar. Same applies here. Sharma should be praised.

  • Patchmaster on December 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    The only selection mistake was to select Ian Bell ahead of Bairstow. Can anyone tell me what Ian Bell has done to earn a recall ? Surely not just scoring 23 in the last test ? Then surprise surprise.....he's out cheaply.

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Comments on umpiring with the benefit of a slow replay is unfair to the umpire who has to take a decision at the moment and most batsman move their feet and this can cause some reason for such mistakes. It has also been seen that even with TV rep-lays to decide appeals do not guarantee a fool proof decision, I think arm chair commentators sitting in the comfort of their air conditioned cabins with the benefit of sl mo replays should desist from condemning honest, impartial umpires. And quite often these get compensated in one way or another. There should be a ICC ruling o0n such unfair comments on umpiring and let the umpire panel tale note of such mistakes if any and make an overall assessment of the umpire's ability.

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Mr. Dobell, probably you didnt watch the replays of Trott's appeal. The ball clearly struck him on off stump. Stop calling for DRS when it suits you!

  • Crikoot on December 14, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Dharmasena once again. No matter whether you are against or for DRS, Dharmasne should be shown a red card. How come this guy got umpire of the year award! There is something wrong somewhere.

  • PDHARMA on December 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Jadeja - Under Dhoni T20 - flopped ODI - flopped IPL- flopped Test -?

  • Chris_P on December 13, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @KameshRao. Not sure what you were reading re: DRS, but every article I read when England got the decision, it was also mentioned. India's better tactics were the reason, not the low slow pitch which helped balls "die" after pitching? Let's wait till a couple of days when the pitch has the final say, shall we?

  • PGSGimson on December 13, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @vikasverma: "Trotts LBW shout was marginal,, I saw it , it was PLUMB"

    I don't understand your point. If Trott was struck outside the line of off stump then the rules of cricket clearly state that the batsman can't be given out if attempting a shot. According to the article, it JUST hit him outside the line. It doesn't matter if the ball is hitting the middle of middle stump - if it hits the batsman outside the line it is not out.

    How was the decision "PLUMB"? Surely the umpire made the correct call, even if it was close to being out?

  • Kolpak1989 on December 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    @KameshRao, law of averages or not Cook still got a very bad decision against him. Not sure what you mean by India's superior tactics in the field; their tactics certainly haven't availed them much in this series so far and most of them can't catch or run anyway. I'm not saying that DRS is the panacea that will solve all umpiring problems but it cuts down the margin of error and I think it is good for the game. Agree with Tumbarumbar though that recalling the batsmen after the umpire has asked for a video review is a pain in the backside and slows the game down too much. But that isn't DRS.

  • WonkyFNQ on December 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    There will always be doubtful decisions - that is reality. The purpose of DRS is to avoid the shockers. The laws of the game do, and always have, resolved doubt in favour of the batsman - hence the "margin for error" in the DRS. I do not believe that the DRS can be perfect to a few millimetres, but it does not have to be if used properly. The way it was used in the Aus / SA series is getting closer, but can still be improved. The main improvement that they need now is to take the reviews away from the players, and give it to the third umpire, who should review every decision apart from bowled and obvious catches.

  • nellaiseemai on December 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Jadeja should also have been mentioned on the selection of the day especially cricinfo commentary team talks a lot about the non selection of Rahane. Why not the line "need for DRS" not included in the Trott's marginal decision? This and the whole day summary is in a way supporting England. Why not Englishmen adopted to this? Does cricinfo forget test cricket after watching so many ODI and T20? After all India also has to play on this track. What you would have said if the match is a rank turner and the match end inside three days-India making pitch to suit its advantage? But you would tell that this series because English spinners adopted to this very well. Let their batsmen succeed like their spinners. As for Trott's close call it is PLUMB out. Imagine a situation McGrath vs Tendulkar it would have definitely gone in favor of McGrath. We would praise him how well he bowled on the lifeless pitch and beat tendulkar. Same applies here. Sharma should be praised.

  • Patchmaster on December 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    The only selection mistake was to select Ian Bell ahead of Bairstow. Can anyone tell me what Ian Bell has done to earn a recall ? Surely not just scoring 23 in the last test ? Then surprise surprise.....he's out cheaply.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 13, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    The ball would have missed the off stump..Are you sure of that?..NO DRS please..DRS is not perfect.. Cook was struggling and made 1 run facing many balls. He would not have lasted long if not given out.

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Its a bad pitch when English cant play... What a shame you loser Englishmen....

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @ crasrin - Dont worry, Englandsr defensive and slow approach is going to back fire. And their going to loose.

  • big_al_81 on December 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @ KameshRao - wow, how bitter and biased are you? Bad decisions have happened for both sides this series. One of the good things about DRS is that it would stop the waffle from commenters like you claiming it works for one side more than the other. Although I broadly disagree with Tumbarumbar below, as I think DRS is a good thing and that umpires are always having to make judgements about whether enough ball would hit the stumps to dislodge the bails (all in theory, and based on their experience), I do agree that it is odd that different standards of doubt are afforded depending on the decision the umpire has made. I understand the argument, I just don't think they've got that part quite right yet. Otherwise, it's a good system for supporting and helping umpires.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    You got it wrong there George. Howlers should never be the excuse to push forward DRS. The umpires need to be pulled up for Howlers. Even in gully cricket we don't see so many howlers let alone allowing them to happen at international level and saying that umpires are *human*. That silly argument defies logic. DRS should help marginal calls, assuming it tells with an *acceptable* degree of validity and reliability for marginal calls. And we know where DRS stands for marginal calls. Until that time, there is no place for DRS. Pushing in DRS for howlers? Now that's a shame I say!

  • BravoBravo on December 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Hype, tactics, and cover up of the facts are the ingredients behind IND "IMAGINARY Success" in the game. IND remains the most whitewashed team and has the worst WIN to LOSS ratio in every format of the game among major test playing nations (AUS, WI, ENG, PAK, SA). This the history of 80 years of IND cricket. Not long ago some ignorant IND fans were proposing for two tier system in Test. As a matter of fact IND should be stripped of off their status on perpetually poor performance. Yes, PAK whitewashed ENG in UAE, that was different time and different opposition. PAK, WI are much better teams than IND. Even NZ is better than IND. The only thing noticeable about IND is their hype and ignorance. Good Luck ENG, crush them, IND are minnows, they are not AUS or PAK.

  • nccricket on December 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    The headline implying Cooky was wronged says it all. The fact that Trott was plumb and not given out is labelled "very, very close" and Cook's marginal (but not bad) call is the error of the day? Further, the pitch is labelled as not Test standard? I'm sorry, the 40s, 50s and 60s are never coming back and the world has spun on, no matter how hard the pommy journos try.. What surprises me though is how this portal, that is really funded by Indian fans but unfortunately run by India baiters, doesn't even pretend to be fair and balanced. All this does is add me as yet another cheerleader for English defeats. India may not be playing up to par but that doesn't paper over the fact that England are a mediocre team at best and that the English have never really been champions at the World stage in anything (except for the 66 soccer world cup and 09 T20 Cup). Go on "boys", cry another river...

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    @Tumbarumbar, clearly you haven't been exposed to DRS enough, are you actually an Indian fan posing as an Aussie? Let's get some facts straight: 1, if a hair's width of the ball pitches in line, it ISN'T pitching in line. Over half the ball must pitch in line for it to count. 2, they do publish the margins of error, in fact the commentators mention it all the time. The inside halves of the outermost edges of the stumps and bails need to be hit by at least half of the ball to rule out uncertainty, and there are other factors such as if the batsman is struck more than 2.5 meters from the stumps and the ball has struck the batsman's leg within 40cm of pitching (the technology is forever being refind and improved, beyond the capability of even the elite umpires). Quit being dishonest and do some research.

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Not surprised by the error on the Cook LBW. ICC top umpires arent that good. Who doesnt remember Darryl Hair who made more mistakes against continental sides in an inning than most do in a year and yet remained on the elite panel for nearly a decade

    Its really time to move to more regular use of technology to help with decisions. Its only fair to players and fans.

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Its laughable to see an entire array of English journalists..former cricketers trying to prove Trott was hit outside the line of off-stump and cook got a shocker.Truth is (the Brits wont like it) that cook was hit little bit outside of off-stump and Trott was dead in front of off stump..but whining has been elevated to an art form by these Brits..it ranges from climate..press boxes..climate..etc etc..some sort of excuse is always ready to justify why England lost n if England wins..they would go bonkers in trying to prove hw great the side is and hw great the players who surmounted all odds..They are as crazy as the Indian TV analysts who spend all day in finding the "Match ka mujrim"

  • Shan156 on December 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @KameshRao, oh really, England would not have won had the umpiring been better? As if England have always had all the decisions going in favor of them. Listen, both England and India have been victims of poor decisions. At the end of the day, these even out over the course of the series. India were the better team in Ahmedabad and England were the better team in Mumbai and Kolkata. That is why we are leading the series 2-1. Re: boring team, no team is more boring than the test match draw specialists India. And, you may talk all you want but the ICC ranks us above India in all 3 formats and that is more relevant. cricinfo, please publish.

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Kumar Dhramsena the best umpire of 2011?? Gotta be kidding..... He is so biased towards one particular team all the time. And man the decision of Alaister Cook, it was a shocker and poor decision. Now I know there is one additional player for the fielding side in the form of Dharmasena

  • sandy_bangalore on December 13, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @Kamesh Rao: And how can you say that Cook couldn't have got all those runs in the series. Check out his scores in the alst 3 years(at all venues vs different opposition), and then you can understand why our flat pitch kings can't hold a candle to him(dravid,lax and tendulkar apart) in the same period of time. Amusing to see one-eyed countrymen going to any lengths to support THIS team!!!

  • sandy_bangalore on December 13, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @KameshRao: I can't help laughing reading your comments.You are are actually supporting this poor excuse of a pitch! And continue supporting our flat track kings, who are now equally clueless both home and abroad. Atleast Azhars team of the 90s won everything at home, despite getting trashed outside. Wake up brother, else we'll see the same stale lot racking up loss after loss, and continue giving age-old excuses!! Against strong opposition in the last two years(leaving NZ and Windies), india have lost 10 out of the 11 tests! Hows taht for a statistic! Bet even Zimbabwe in nthe 90s had the odd draw. Despite being a one-sport nation, we cant even produce a good cricket team in the one sport. Despite all the finances and adulation the players enjoy

  • Nampally on December 13, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    To a person watching on PC, the LBW vs. Cook looked correct. His front foot was not > a foot outside the crease. The ball appeared to be cutting in as it beat Cooks forward defence. I felt it would have hit the middle & off judging from the angle of the movement. Umpire took his time & I felt he was right. Trott was plumb out with no doubt at all. In fact KP moved out to play ojha & was hit low on the pad right infront of the middle stump when in single digits.He was again given the benefit of doubt due to forward play. I find it amusing when I see Trott's plumb Out as "Close call of the Day" & Cook's LBW out as the "Error of the Day". Trott was lucky on one other occasion when he left an armer from Ojha. But the second time he was not that lucky -Wicket of the day to Jadeja.I agree with an earlier commenter, KameshRao, that Cook survived several close calls going his way in his 3 Centuries besides dropped catches. Law of averages finallycaught up with him this time, as happens to all!

  • on December 13, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    People who are commenting saying "Englishmen" should not complain about poor decisions and DRS because England had some decisions in their favour earlier, clearly need to think who is for and against DRS.

  • willsrustynuts on December 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    KameshRao has it summed up perfectly. He is correct on all points and it should be clear to everyone that everything the Indians do is right and everyone else is wrong. The Age of Reason has come and gone in his jaundiced World and left no trace of its passing.

    Now, please move along, nothing to see here.

  • imrankhan76uk on December 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @KameshRao .... what are you trying to say? Cook's LBW out was correct and Trott's not out was wrong decision?? other then that, it is 199/5 on day one and I sure fans like you are desparate for "some sort of revenge" :)) but wait and watch untill it finishes and then we will see where both teams stand. fair?

  • kartikeysoni on December 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    trott's was a close call? :-O what a bunch of lie !!!!!!!! it was plumb, hit him half way on the sheen, ball hit pad on off stump and was still angling towards middle and bat had passed the ball long before it hit pad. THAT was reminder that DRS should be there coz cooks out might or might not had been reversed but trott would have gone for the long day in dressing room for sure.

  • landl47 on December 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Yes, Cook got a poor decision and yes, the BCCI needs to haul itself into the 21st century, but the rules are the same for both sides so let's just get on with it. @crasrin, England is playing for a win. The nature of the pitch is such that if they tried to score quickly they would have got out. Perhaps India can do better and if they do good for them. @vikasverma, I see a whole section devoted to Jadeja. How did you miss that? And, since you saw that Trott was plumb, you must be in favor of DRS, which uses the exact same technology that enabled you to make that statement. Incidentally, it would have confirmed Cook was not out. I'll trade an out for Trott for a not out for Cook any day of the week.

  • on December 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    ironical how BCCI provided which has been vehemently opposing DRS provided a pic of Cook walking off after given a very poor decision

  • KameshRao on December 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    It is quite amusing to read this and David hoops report on the day's play.... Sounds like David or Cricinfo won't publish my comments on that report so let try here... First this article, need I remind George and other English fans that Cook would not have got the runs he got in this series (and dare I say England would not have won but for Cook' runs) had it not been for the generosity of the umpires so interesting DRS shud get mentioned when one decision went against him..... The real error of the day was Trott's and not Dharmasena's decision. With Cook the law of averages simply caught up with him!!!. Now on the other article unless David was commenting about a different match, what is inadequate is really the quality of his reporting... The reason for the low scores was India's better tactics in the field and the English batsmen s inability to adapt rather than the pitch. Save for Pietersen and Prior they have been boring the hell out all series.

  • Tumbarumbar on December 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    As an Aussie exposed to DRS I thoroughly dislike the way it is used and salute India for refusing to use it. Recalling batsmen who are out on 2mm no balls is beyond absurd as is the fact that two different margins of error apply depending on whether a batsman is given out or not. It is also absurd that the definition of pitching in line with the stumps is related to the percentage of the ball, how stupid. If a hair width of the ball pitches in line then the ball has pitched in line, parts of a ball don't disappear into black holes. And they never publish the margins of error.

  • crasrin on December 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    I agree with you @Vikasverma...Clearly ENG is playing for a DRAW. And none is talking about that.

  • BalaSenty on December 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    When English men got poor decision, many will ponit out the error of umpire, rwequirement of DRS etc.., But when Indians get poor decison no talk. England had won two tests in India, is just lack of unity among players. If they play to their potenital with unity they would have got results similar to what they got in UAE with Pakistan. Come On India play well, Let Dhoini leave the cptincy with some dignity. Poor decisons are part and parcel of game. That too LBW decisions will never get corrected with Hawk eye

  • on December 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Why the below sentence is not there for first topic Close-call of the day "another reminder of the value of the DRS." ??

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 13, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    The absence of DRS seems to be showing the umpires up in a worse light thanever. some of the decisions in India have been preposterous but none more so than Dharmasensa's expulsion from the wicket of Cook. It might have hit off stump on 2nd set of steps on the off,but was no closer. Whether it is that the umpires are trying when DRS is present or whether it is just thefact that it makes the howlers right I am not sure. I though at the time of the ICC awards that Dharmasena was a buffoon's choice for the tit;le,and I am convinced further by this.It did not help that Aleem dar fell to pieces comple5tely in the Bombay test. Get them glasses, a white stick or whatever and do it quick, ICC This has been completely unacceptable for international umpiring.Certainly Dharma should not be on the elite panel at all!

  • Santander on December 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Captain Cook got a raw deal.

    The indians should get their heads out of the sand and accept DRS. No Pietersen was the star of the day.

    Jadeja got his wickets because of poor strokeplay.

  • PrasPunter on December 13, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    The indians wouldnt want the DRS - because they don't know how to use it. And there is always the chance to intimidate the umpire the way ishant did to get Cook.

  • vikasverma on December 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    The article as a whole looks from someone who's not trying to highlight the day but highlight things where England got rough deal,, Loved the way he is trying to say that Trotts LBW shout was marginal,, I saw it , it was PLUMB,, all together article is on sports but lacks the spirit of the same.... Grow up dude...and why Mr Jadeja misssing from your article,, he for me was the star of the day ....

  • Mitch1066 on December 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    It seam to me that match being going from India to England per session by the wickets and there has being sum scores for England so fingers crossed we can do ourselves sum justice and once again spin dominate so hopefully our spinners will do business again . I'm not complaining about pitch but I do believe Indian fans needs stop jumping on other fans mentioning the pitch when your side was moaning when you was losing.

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  • Mitch1066 on December 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    It seam to me that match being going from India to England per session by the wickets and there has being sum scores for England so fingers crossed we can do ourselves sum justice and once again spin dominate so hopefully our spinners will do business again . I'm not complaining about pitch but I do believe Indian fans needs stop jumping on other fans mentioning the pitch when your side was moaning when you was losing.

  • vikasverma on December 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    The article as a whole looks from someone who's not trying to highlight the day but highlight things where England got rough deal,, Loved the way he is trying to say that Trotts LBW shout was marginal,, I saw it , it was PLUMB,, all together article is on sports but lacks the spirit of the same.... Grow up dude...and why Mr Jadeja misssing from your article,, he for me was the star of the day ....

  • PrasPunter on December 13, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    The indians wouldnt want the DRS - because they don't know how to use it. And there is always the chance to intimidate the umpire the way ishant did to get Cook.

  • Santander on December 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Captain Cook got a raw deal.

    The indians should get their heads out of the sand and accept DRS. No Pietersen was the star of the day.

    Jadeja got his wickets because of poor strokeplay.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 13, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    The absence of DRS seems to be showing the umpires up in a worse light thanever. some of the decisions in India have been preposterous but none more so than Dharmasensa's expulsion from the wicket of Cook. It might have hit off stump on 2nd set of steps on the off,but was no closer. Whether it is that the umpires are trying when DRS is present or whether it is just thefact that it makes the howlers right I am not sure. I though at the time of the ICC awards that Dharmasena was a buffoon's choice for the tit;le,and I am convinced further by this.It did not help that Aleem dar fell to pieces comple5tely in the Bombay test. Get them glasses, a white stick or whatever and do it quick, ICC This has been completely unacceptable for international umpiring.Certainly Dharma should not be on the elite panel at all!

  • on December 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Why the below sentence is not there for first topic Close-call of the day "another reminder of the value of the DRS." ??

  • BalaSenty on December 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    When English men got poor decision, many will ponit out the error of umpire, rwequirement of DRS etc.., But when Indians get poor decison no talk. England had won two tests in India, is just lack of unity among players. If they play to their potenital with unity they would have got results similar to what they got in UAE with Pakistan. Come On India play well, Let Dhoini leave the cptincy with some dignity. Poor decisons are part and parcel of game. That too LBW decisions will never get corrected with Hawk eye

  • crasrin on December 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    I agree with you @Vikasverma...Clearly ENG is playing for a DRAW. And none is talking about that.

  • Tumbarumbar on December 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    As an Aussie exposed to DRS I thoroughly dislike the way it is used and salute India for refusing to use it. Recalling batsmen who are out on 2mm no balls is beyond absurd as is the fact that two different margins of error apply depending on whether a batsman is given out or not. It is also absurd that the definition of pitching in line with the stumps is related to the percentage of the ball, how stupid. If a hair width of the ball pitches in line then the ball has pitched in line, parts of a ball don't disappear into black holes. And they never publish the margins of error.

  • KameshRao on December 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    It is quite amusing to read this and David hoops report on the day's play.... Sounds like David or Cricinfo won't publish my comments on that report so let try here... First this article, need I remind George and other English fans that Cook would not have got the runs he got in this series (and dare I say England would not have won but for Cook' runs) had it not been for the generosity of the umpires so interesting DRS shud get mentioned when one decision went against him..... The real error of the day was Trott's and not Dharmasena's decision. With Cook the law of averages simply caught up with him!!!. Now on the other article unless David was commenting about a different match, what is inadequate is really the quality of his reporting... The reason for the low scores was India's better tactics in the field and the English batsmen s inability to adapt rather than the pitch. Save for Pietersen and Prior they have been boring the hell out all series.