India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

Chawla assures it's not time to panic

Sidharth Monga

December 14, 2012

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Piyush Chawla gets ready to bowl at the nets, Colombo, September 25, 2012
Piyush Chawla said the umpiring mistakes were part and parcel of the game © AFP
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Piyush Chawla believes the Indian batting hasn't failed, the bowling unit has been doing well, and that there is no need to panic. Replying to England's 330 on a tacky surface, India - 2-1 down coming into the decider - were 87 for 4 with prospects of batting last on the pitch that can start breaking up any time.

"We have lost a few wickets, but we have two quality batsmen [Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni] at the crease," said Chawla. "They are having a good partnership, they are seeing the ball really well, and hope for the best because the way these guys are middling it, we will like to have a good session in the morning."

Asked if the batting failures have affected the bowling unit's morale adversely, Chawla said: "There are phases. It's not as if they have flopped a lot. We're still we are scoring 300-350 every match. I don't think it has affected the bowlers much. We are doing well as a bowling unit."

Chawla said it was just one partnership - between Joe Root and Matt Prior - that thwarted them otherwise they restricted England well. England began the day at 199 for 5, and Chawla said they would have been happy if they had bowled India out for under 300. "We thought if we get one wicket at the start, we can stop them around under 300, but Prior and Joe Root batted really well," he said. "Once we broke that partnership, we recovered well."

Asked about how disappointing conceding lower-order runs were - England having been 139 for 5 at one stage - Chawla said, "As I said before, they got one big partnership, but after that we restricted them well."

Chawla, who took 4 for 69, made a surprising comeback to the Test side in a season that he has averaged 54.30 with the ball. His first-class averages over the previous two seasons have been 40.61 and 41.04. He said the stats were bad because he has bowled on seaming tracks, and he hasn't been getting long spells.

Chawla was asked - citing Cheteshwar Pujara's disappointment at being given out caught off the elbow and pad - if it was high time that India agreed to using DRS. "Replays suggested that it was not out, but it is part and parcel of the game," Chawla said. "At the end of the day, umpires are also human, so you can't really say."

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Posted by TRAM on (December 15, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Thanks Chawla, you opened our eyes ...! For a moment I thought India is in trouble. Its all clear now. Thanks.

Posted by EngineerKhan on (December 15, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

"Piyush Chawla believes the Indian batting hasn't failed, the bowling unit has been doing well, and that there is no need to panic" Hahahahaa......Rehman Malik of India....all is good...hahaahah

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 15, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

As far as what's reported here, Chawla's talking mostly rubbish. I don't hold it against him though. Pretty much all player and coach interviews are full of these canned responses that try to cast proceedings in the best possible light. Chawla says that the Prior/Root partnership was the only thorn in India's side. Was he off the field while Swann was batting? As for India's current circumstances, they have two more than competent batsmen at the crease who have both shown no form with the bat this series with the debutante Jadeja to follow. They are currently on shaky ground. It's never time to panic because panic never does anyone any good but, needing to win this game to avoid a series loss, India should be very concerned.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 15, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

I think Chawla was just being brutally honest. India DO score 300-350 for the match. 150-175 average per innings. Sounds about right, so at this stage India are right on target.

Posted by arvin on (December 15, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

india should play against teams with many ipl players like banglas and nz and sri lankans and wi... that way they can win coz ipl players from these teams will underperform for fear of losing their lucrative ipl contracts and india will keep winning making chest thumping indian fans happy that they are world champions...

Posted by arvin on (December 15, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

pujara was a 2 match wonder... chawla will be one match wonder... ashwin will be sometine batsman wonder and against weak teams bowling wonder... when playing against teams with ipl players then dhoni is captain wonder... jadeja will be wonder's wonder...

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

This is so funny ..so every match you have one clueless player coming out and assuring it's not time to panic ..chawla really should ve saved himself some respect after taking 4 wickets ..something that maybe hasn't happened in a ranji match ..next in line ..Sir Ravindra Jadeja

Posted by 3Cents on (December 15, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

"We are scoring 300-350 runs". so true!! He was careful not to say every innings :-)

Posted by sachinanddravid on (December 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

yes chawla,you are absolutely right IT'S NOT TIME TO PANIC.because we know already that this is the thing is going to happen.you peoples are palying for money just...and you never playing for country....always making excuses...go and read the post match conference by other captains like Mahela,Clarke... they used to praise the opposite team they ll never look for excuses..

A man in debut and one of attacking batsman in the world scored 73 each with a lot of patient...... where has the Indian batsmen patient gone????????? and you want us to trust that MS and Kholi can do miracles.... you first read the records of our Great captain in pressure tests and then talk.

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 15, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Chawla said that we have two good batsmen seeing the ball. Well, that's something new. They are seeing the ball. None of the others are not even seeing those balls! No wonder they are 4 wickets down for not so many. I think Indian team's fortune can be summed up in a chinese movie called, "The curse of the drunken ....". The curse is from Raina who got dropped for not doing much wrong (lol). Anyway, Dhoni's game will suit this pitch, if its got low and slow bounce. His table tennis shots will be perfect for it. But, will he exploit it properly or will he just put himself into undue pressure? Only time will tell.

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 15, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Umpire errors were parts and parcel of the game more than 10 years ago. It is not parts and parcel of the game anymore. I think Piyush is stuck with this cliche when everybody else moved on. India will accept DRS sooner or later. Only thing is that they will accept it when it is going to make little impact to their fortune. It would have made a huge difference to their fortune in the past series when their batting stars were at their prime. Becuase, one or two crucial bad decisions against one of their star batsmen were changing the course of the result of the entire series. But, a decision against a lesser batsmen is overturned, it is not going to affect the results as much.

Posted by basusri133b on (December 15, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Mr Monga

Please do not insult our in.telligence by writing such articles. We have our backs to the wall and in all probabilty will loose this game in four days. Please do not apply salt to our wounds. This novice's comments are ludicorous.

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (December 15, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

I can just see the pre-match selection meeting - "We've run out of ideas to beat England with pace, seam, swing, reverse swing, left arm spin, off spin, Ashwins non-turning off spin, fast turners, slow turners, non turners and flat tracks; so its time for fat leg spin as that Warne bloke got loads vs the English. Get the chubster on the phone now".

Posted by Shan156 on (December 15, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@umbuly, glad that someone remembers that interview of Pujara. I was surprised by the loose talk by some young players. He may not be totally incorrect - England have a few batting places up for grabs. However, the resilience of Cook, KP, Prior, and to some extent, Compton and Root in this game is not to be underestimated. I think Trott has worked hard too even though he hasn't got a ton and only one 50 to show for it.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 14, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

Chawal is talking about panic? Mate, Pakistani batsmen will be licking their lips at sight of Piyush Chawala and Harbhajan Singh bowling at them. Indian cricket is not in panic, but it is disasterous! When Indian selectors have to pick Chawala with pathetic bowling average then surely its time to panic! Get real. Wake up and see the writing on the wall. Actually on score board! England that was going to be white washed is hammering you in your own backyard. If ICC was a correctly functioning organisation then India will be relegated to second tier of test playing nations along with likes of Canada and Uganda. It is simply disgraceful that a team that has lost 10 of their 12 test matches is still not panicing!

Posted by YogifromNY on (December 14, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

Guys, guys, guys, can all my fellow supporters of the Indian team please tone it down? I agree with Chawla. It is not time to panic yet. It is only our team's fielding that's inept. And the batting - well, it has been falling apart for a while now, but look at the stats of some of our batsmen! And our bowling: well, we do get wickets when the batsmen get bored of tonking us around - or when the fielders at last hold a catch. So, things are not as bad as you all are making them out to be. Wait till the IPL comes along and we play against similarly inept players and teams. Then we will show you what superstars we really are!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

After kicking out Zaheer, Yuvraj for being unfit, Indian selector called Piyush Chawla, who, I guess will not be able to complete a 10km run. Moreover his action is faulty and his legspinners are pretty mediocre So far Indian selector were compromising fitness for quality and talent. Now I guess they are compromise fitness, quality and talent for God knows what.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

you keep talking and we will keep playing.See how that goes by the end of the match

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (December 14, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

another overweight indian cricketer...

Posted by abhilash.medhi on (December 14, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

Nothing can justify how poor the Indian team has played of late. It is even more unfortunate that almost all team members appear to be living in a state of denial. Or at least, they are making a conscious effort to project that image to the media. I however feel that they still do not merit the kind of reporting that they have been subjected to. A few other articles by Sidharth Monga examine the issue more objectively. This article somehow borders on plain condescension, and reduces Chawla to an object of ridicule.

Posted by SagirParkar on (December 14, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

Chawla is deluded..

but so are the team and board management.. Chawla is only the spokesperson here.. cant be held accountable to such stupid comments..

Posted by phoenixsteve on (December 14, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

There is optimism and there is stupidity? He reminds me of the delusional state of mind that Indian cricket is in! It's a bit like the worlds greatest optimist (a window cleaner) who fell from the top of the Empire State building. As he passed the 122nd, 87th and then 61st floors he was heard saying "alright so far..."Indian test cricket is in crisis and they are staring at heavy defeat here too! Come on guys.... WAKE UP..... smell the roses and stop talking the stuff that should be put on them! A billion people deserve much better than this? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Raki99 on (December 14, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

I am Indian Supporter and please don't even complain about the decision of pujara, Beacuse the ball that stuck cook was hitting the 3 stump from the Offstump.... And yes he is exactly right No need to panic out of last 13 test we have only won 3 2 against the NZ and One against eng all at home..... Wow its gone take years for this team to come back......

Posted by Hammond on (December 14, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

This is the blokes first test in how many years? How is he an authority?

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

I wonder what match is Chawla watching. England has India on a mat.

Posted by Jimk007 on (December 14, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

That's why we have team spokespersons Chawla. Just do what you are paid to - run upto the crease and bowl

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 14, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

@Gobans, LOL - that was my reaction as well when I read the article. partnership of 15 runs and chawla says they are batting well. this whole series - pre and current - we have had players making funny statements that just highlight their immaturity. please do not let kids talk. show results rather than making statements to press for the same of making sth

Posted by Chris_P on (December 14, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

He's right, the time to start to panic was 18 months ago.

Posted by Hesh78 on (December 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Kudos Sidharth Monga! You are turning into a satirist. First the "Hello, Rahane here" article and now this one. Getting the clueless Piyush Chalwa to answer questions about match state & team performance. He may not know why he even is in the team?

These pieces look like been made by the jayhind! team.

Since all sound advice falls on deaf ears, maybe humor will catch the notice of the team management.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 14, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

"His first-class averages over the previous two seasons have been 40.61 and 41.04. He said the stats were bad because he has bowled on seaming tracks, and he hasn't been getting long spells." . Does this guy play cricket in England ?? Where does he find these seaming tracks in India ? And as i mentioned before, the last ranji game he played , he bowled 32 overs.. what more long spells does he want ???

In India, everyone has an excuse :)

Posted by OzWally on (December 14, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

And please no crying over bad decisions. I've said all along, India does not want to use DRS because they can intimidate umpires without it (by BCCI riding roughshod over ICC) and if a decision does go against them, it builds in a ready made excuse for failure.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Denial, that's the disease indian cricket team and some fans are suffering from. Would like to hear what the big headed Sehwag thinks now? The moment indians got England out for a low score, the 'die-hard' fans were back in action with their comments on how india will annihilate England this time. Now you won't hear from them again unless England virtually throws away this match. Time to learn and eat humble pie.

Posted by OzWally on (December 14, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Is there no Indian translation for the word "denial"?

Posted by Nerk on (December 14, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

India have already pushed the 'time to panic button' when they selected four spinners. On top of that, the best Indian bowler was Sharma! India have a strong lower order including Chawla himself, so it is possible they can extend the lead. But they will have to apply themselves, take their time and really play with heart. The problem is that it will take another day to catch up with England, and if they don't put on a massive lead, this game may well be bound for a draw.

Posted by agamgoyal on (December 14, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

If anybody can pass this message tot the Indian team ..please do it asap .. Tell them that we(Indian fans) are with them whatever happens ... We wont desert them or just criticize them for the sake of criticism But what they need to do is to stop evading and escaping the obvious problems visible to everyone else...They need to start introspecting ..they need start accepting the failure then only they can rectify them ..we will support them in whatever way we can ..:)

Posted by Cricmick on (December 14, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Piyush Chawla of all the guy's being interviewed. but one thing seems quite certain by the depiction in his answer that what ever he might think himself to be, he is a whizz in the art of "Mohinder Amarnath BCCI politics and diplomacy" Hence he stays in the team, period!

Posted by SunnyD on (December 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

One can make a comedy show out of his interview video by filling in laughters in between. For example "It's not as if they have flopped a lot" "HaHaHaHa", "We're still we are scoring 300-350 every match" " "HaHaHaHa"....

Posted by Cricket_fan85 on (December 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

And when are we going to realize that SRT, Ghambir, Sehwag are becoming liabilities to this team and MSD doesn't deserve to be in the tests .. Hope the selectors are waiting for some "Miracles " to happen ..Oh ppor Indian cricket..

Posted by umbuly on (December 14, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Funny! One player succeeds in a minor way, and he is interviewed and he will give his views on the match. Pujara gave his views last time and he made drastic comments about english batsmen. Look what happened.

Posted by timms on (December 14, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

I enjoyed @Dwarkaprasad Chakravarty 's comment :D The flop show of Indian team is there for everyone to see ... its unfortunate but thats the truth !!!

Posted by Partyman on (December 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Must have been enjoyed watching Dad's Army! Just another Indian player who has got his head in the clouds. England just got one good partnership!? What about Swann and Root!? He must be playing in dreamland not Nagpur.

Posted by olympian on (December 14, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Well, Piyush Chawla has a mighty Test batting average of 2.5, so clearly he knows what he's talking about!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@Gobans - Well going by the current standard, 15 runs indeed is a good partnership. lol

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 14, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Give the young guy some slack will you folks ? Obviously he thinks Indian bowling is superb enough to bowl oppositions out for totals below theirs, AHEM ! I mean 300-350 even on the flattest of surfaces. This is the sorry state of Indian cricket for you all to see. The fact the pathetic selectors have gone back to THIS guy as a bowling options speaks volumes about the belligerent state of Indian cricket where hundreds of deserving youngsters are waiting in the shadows, leg spinners who are country miles better than Chawla are not even given a sniff at the domestic state level. For all their financial dominance in world cricket, the BCCI are really POOR when it comes to recognizing and enriching true talent.

Posted by shujahoda on (December 14, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja will score a triple hundred and make century partnerships with Ashwin and Chawla ... and then I'll wake up in the morning (lunch time in India).

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 14, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Chawla - the epitome of current Indian cricket. Unfit, whinging and dreaming of better days. Yes, he is overweight. And in an age where teams like England show the world how important fitness and athleticism is on the cricket field, he is not an example for youngsters to follow.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 14, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Chawla, who, as far as I know, has been nowhere near the team until this week, sudden seems to be giving the impression that he's been with the team throughout this series.'It's not as if they've[the batsman] flopped a lot...' True, just once or twice is quite enough, thank you. Well done to him on his bowling & esp. on his anti-DRS stance. That should get some approving nods from his masters. Could play for India again, soon.

Posted by Shadyniks on (December 14, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

I still dont know why is this guy even being given a chance...and dont know why are the Indian selectors going back to wasted stock of bowlers??shudnt they be trying out younger blood just waiting to grab their chances...at least they would be an inspired lot...these are just old guns being persisted with

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (December 14, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

It is our fate... need to listen/read all these stories...

Posted by notgburns on (December 14, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

I agree 100% with Chawla. India has been scoring 300-350 every match, over both innings, and the bowling unit has been performing well, in warmups, in the long cozy sit downs during drinks when trying to avoid bowling, etc.

On a more serious note, India, which should be to cricket what the USA is to basketball, is being let down by its administration, its selection, its captaincy, its IPL and most of all, its inability to criticise itself properly. Forever we will hear the common refrains. The delusional "we are actually doing well". The retaliatory "we won't give them an IPL contract". The exculpatory "we only lost because of the (home/away) conditions".

I'm not trying to say Australia and England have the perfect cricket administrations, they clearly don't. But they have had the ability to look harshly at themselves and take action. England have come good over the last few years, and Australia are well on their way.

What a shame India can't look at itself clearly.

Posted by Tunndoc on (December 14, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

"He said the stats were bad because he has bowled on seaming tracks, and he hasn't been getting long spells" Hahahhaha, what a joke. seaming tracks where in India!!!!! And Wake up Charlie oh sorry Chawla, India is in dire straits. Head in sand will not get these English ballers off your back. Face the facts mate.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Let us honourably first admit that England has been a better side by far in all departments. We can go for excuses and explanations but if we have to be at the top these exucses do not help. Result matters. Sunil Gavaskar mentiond and i agree that the approach is pretty casual from many of the Worldcup heroes. If we have the right to put them on high pedestal we also have the right to criticise if things do not go well. PErhaps it is better to admit that we ( current team) are not made to be at that level ( top 3) and here is a team which is on a downward slump and by mere admittance of this fact we will be taking pressure off us and start building three sides specialising in three formats. We can have a not more than 3players who could be common for all the three ( based on current form and fitness and not regional bias)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Poor Chawla....But what can he do being pushed to the press conference after the entire batting failed....No words would come out....atleast he sounds optimistic.

Atleast there is truth to his story...its not time to panic (BCCI is in a major panic state here). They just need to calm themselves and think with a clear mind.

@everyone who is criticisng Chawla's comments: you try to put urself in his shoes infront of the media and answer the questions.....Just imagine...its a scary hell much worse than talking against your wife!!!!

Posted by cricarch on (December 14, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

'Denial' is the word increasingly getting popular among Indian players. "Are you guys playing poorly?". "No, we are doing fine. No need to panic". "Do you think you need a DRS?". "No, We are doing ok without it. Umpires are human, they are bound to do mistakes". "Do you lack a good seam bowler?". "No, Zaheer is doing great. He is among the top six in the world!". "Do you need a overhaul in your top and middle order?" "No, they are great players. Legends. They are doing fine". "Do Rahane..". "No.."

Posted by crindex on (December 14, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Spirit of Chawla is very encouraging. Positive approach and character shown on the field tomorrow by the remaining Indian batsmen will decide the match outcome. Nothing can be said about it as of now since 2 full innings are yet to be played. Anything can happen. Go India !

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

we should really watch for MSDhoni.he will come with his carrier best innings

Posted by SnowSnake on (December 14, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

The titanic is sinking and the band keeps on playing saying that everything is OK.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 14, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Get rid of Sehwag and Tendulkar - bring in Rahane and Badri/Kaif/Mandeep Singh - batting problem solved!!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

common guys give some credit to this guy ..... he just got his best test performance.............................................

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

I predicted chawla get few wickets when first ball bowled. The wickets he got nothing to with his talent. It is because leg spin even if it is minimal that is what england struggles. They are playing offspin very well. Chawla even with wickets is utter useless for me. Sometimes people get wickets just to continue and bother us for long time.

Posted by NairUSA on (December 14, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

All snides apart, why ask Chawla how he feels? This player is trying to get back into the national team and stay there for a while. He is tuned to say positive things - for his own survival! Tendulkar or Aswin might have a different take on the situation.

Posted by InsideHedge on (December 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

For once, there are some beautiful comments here, namely from @lime.4951 and @Gemeaux. It's hard to take a 23 yr old with a triple chin seriously, the entire team is deluded, they're insulting our intelligence.

As for the DRS, its objective was to overturn howlers, but it's now used for strategic purposes. There's a myth that guys like SRT oppose DRS as it would target them but when you get bowled pretty much every innings for a single digit score, that myth has been debunked.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Chawla must be talking from another planet. The batting is great; the bowling awesome. Is he talking about the South Africans by any chance. Two top batsmen are playing so well, he says. I like Kohli. May he blossom to be India's future. But Dhoni? the guy is a slasher. He makes the art of batting look so unholy. How could Chawala say all that? no wonder he makes guest appearances in the side. Maybe this is to be on Dgoni's good books for future appearances.

Posted by TamilIndian on (December 14, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Its high time India excuse themselves from playing test cricket for a while. They need to figure out a lot of things before starting to play tests again. This is becoming pathetic.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Chawla obviously after getting wickets has got pumped and of course talking sweet just like BCCI has kept us in dark, inside he knows and the world has seen how pathetic this batting line up is even if kohli can make some runs don't trust dhoni do it for long.

Posted by sinhasurajit on (December 14, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Who is this guy. He has played one innings. Why Indian team sent him to comment. Where is captain or any senior players? India need to loose this test. Then it may bring some chage in this bunch of useless, arrogant, nonperforming bunch. They are not ready to learn from england ot acknnowledge their shortcoming. It is a real shame

Posted by VITHALBALULAD on (December 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Mr. Chawla 16 runs is good partenership? We're still we are scoring 300-350 every match? We are doing well as a bowling unit? May be he is talking about england team. LOL :D

Posted by Optimistix on (December 14, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

And the denial fest continues.

India have tried all sorts of pitches to utilize home advantage - the painful truth is that right now, we simply don't have a team good enough to compete with the top 4 or 5 sides (SA, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL) in tests.

Kudos to England, and Pak must be salivating at the prospect of beating India in India as well. How will we handle Ajmal and co? India's only hope is that Pak's batting misfires as well, but given our bowling "unit", it's a slim one.

11 novices couldn't do any worse than lose all the time, which we're already doing - so drop most of this team, except Pujara, Umesh, and perhaps Kohli and Ojha. Get Rahane, Tiwary (once fit) and others in - look for players with both skill and fighting temperament, and hunger. Then settle in for the long haul - they'll lose, but eventually find their way.

Posted by xylo on (December 14, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

I agree with Chawla. Other than Gambhir and Pujara, the other two batsmen who got out rightly belong in the tail (frankly as 12th and 13th men). The real talent will be on display from now on - the magic wand wielding Sir Jadeja, India's successful Samit Patel/Joe Root - Ashwin, domestic run machine Chawla, and the gritty pair of Ojha and Ishant who do not throw away their wickets.

Posted by Harsha_Reddy on (December 14, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

IF india were in this situation 10 years ago which they were i still would have had faith in the team just because there were characters in that team that wanted to fight for life to get test pride back (rahul/vvs/sachin/kumble/srinath/ganguly).Sadly i do not see that with this current team and i feel india is going the way of WI and it will take highly commited strong individuals to pull us out of here..otherwise we are the new WI and wil lstart competing with bangladesh.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 14, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@Swarkaprasad. Chawla is right. The batting is indeed making 300 runs once a while on a pitch meant for 700+ score. The bowling unit is performing well (When compared to namibia/ zambia 4 day game ) Its all relative man ! See it through the tinted glasses of Chawla and you will be enlighted

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

These comments from Chawla and others are ludicrous....then again, now is not the time to panic because Indian fans have been doing it since last year....maybe he meant its not time to panic for the Indian team because no matter how they perform, they will keep their places....after all, they do score around 300-350 in every 2 inning of a Test...I guess that makes them feel very accomplished....

Posted by jgarner79 on (December 14, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Even God cannot save India from losing this test match when your team has players like Chawla who doesnot understand test cricket !!! Also his reason for not getting wickets in domestic matches - seaming conditions - is he playing domestic match in India or in England ??? Its time that players like Dhoni & Chawla stop blaming on pitch conditions, if you cannot play on all surfaces you are not qualified to represent your country...

Posted by big_al_81 on (December 14, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Easy to see why he's been picked - he says all the right things in public! But he's a very average bowler picked by a desperate side. If he is genuinely convinced of what he is saying about Kohli and Dhoni it just goes to show the sheer power of sports psychology because there is not the least shred of realism to what he is quoted as saying here. Well done to whoever does India's psychology and media training! I'm not denying India could still pull this out of the bag but the smart money has to be on England given the form that Dhoni and Kohli are in and the fact that any hope of a competitive score rests on these two and Ashwin and to put any pressure on England at all they need to score well in excess of 300 more!

Posted by pradeep_24 on (December 14, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

i think chawla had forgotten that he and his counterparts were thwarted by Swanny who played a great innings and he is going to be the main difference between the two teams

Posted by Makkumatr on (December 14, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Every time India is in a losing position, players like Gambhir and Chawla give out these hollow statements stating India is in a great position - how about a little more respect for the average fan's intelligence and accept they just messed up? Save the hyper-positive talk for the team huddles please.

Posted by Ram_O on (December 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Sid, I thought you write articles of highest quality with accurate reference. Please proof read what you wrote. There are couple of grammatical mistakes and wrong references. "why would Chawla want to bowl India for under 300?". Coming back to the story it self, this is going to be another sad story. Either 3-1 or worst case 2-1 for ENG. I hope it's 3-1. Team India needs changes for the future games. Rahul Dravid said it right - It's been so long that Indian batsmen have scored just 3 centuries in 7 completed innings of a series. Wonder how long this has to continue before someone shows guts an shake things up!

Posted by Gobans on (December 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Is 15 runs (between kohli and Dhoni) a good partnership? We've already lost all our specialist batsmen!!!! Again we need Ashwin to save our pride?

Posted by SixoverSlips on (December 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

In this day and age, when you can see so easily it was not out, it needs to be overturned. They can at least use dumbed down versions of DRS by just using replays. Make sure you install the cameras right behind the stumps on either side, and at least look for whether the ball pitched outside the line or not. This is not to say the whole form of DRS is good. Ball tracking technology and hot spot won't even pass reputed peer-reviewed journals. That's how lacking the scientifically and statisticlally the procedure is.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

What planet is this guy on? He says India is scoring 300-350 every game and the bowling unit is performing well. Maybe he is talking about England :-)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

I agree, it's not time to panic, that was 2 tests ago. Now is the time to pray for 3 days of rain!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

England began the day at 199 for 5, and Chawla said they would have been happy if they had bowled India out for under 300. error..... should be "they would have been happy if they had bowled England out for under 300"

Posted by Secunderabadi on (December 14, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

We have only lost a few top order batsmen but we have quality batting now with Kohli and Dhoni seeing the ball but I am not sure if they will in the morning.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 14, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

This Chawla comments is like Shewag saying there is problems with the Indian batting line up!!!......lol

Posted by rajsarkar1980 on (December 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Wow! Chawla day-dreaming. Two out-of-form batsmen at the crease,with Jadeja to follow.. Dont see Ind winning this match.. If Dhoni has to go, so has to Gauti. Wat an arrongant player he is. He is getting out to the same kind of shot. High time he is booted.. Well some1 was saying to make him test captain.. Heights of stupidity..We need high level accountibilty of not just players,but selectors and officials as well. We need to have some1 who know abt the game at the helm, not a business-tycoon whose job is to mint money.. even when the team is going heywire...

Posted by Dunwall on (December 14, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Chawla Outside: 'it's not time to panic'...Chawla Inside: 'Mother of God what has happened here!?!'

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Indian side can bring in whoever they please but only to expose their weaknesses further. They have and continue to succumb to England bowlers. They just don't have a clue how to play them. England as team seem to have gelled together much more solidly than the Indian side. And it proves that India must be ranked among W.I and Bangladesh, with possibilities, the current WI will thrash them. Indian's arrogance got the better of their skills and experience. Eventually after their loss to England on their own homeground I don't what will their next excuse.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (December 14, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

I am happy that Piyush Chawla has done well. I believe he is a match-winner. He just needs to come under a bit of advice from Shane Warne and he will be the finished product. He may not do well in the domestic games because of the batsmen opposing him and the pitches. But he will be a handy customer at the international level because of his easy temperament which a spin bowler needs like Warne's. Amit Mishra has everything that a leg-spinner needs in terms of skills but not the temperament. He gets rattled too easily. If Chawla can add a flipper to his arsenal, he will come up to the high expectations that people had of him at the U 19 level.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 14, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Chawla bowled a lot of long hops and even though the figures don't suggest it, he was by far India's worst bowler. He should not have been picked in the first place. His first class form has been pathetic to say the least.

Posted by lime.4951 on (December 14, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Says the guy who played 1 match, oh sorry 1 innings !

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