India v England, 1st T20I, Pune

Scarred India strive for motivation

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

December 19, 2012

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Series/Tournaments: England tour of India
Teams: England | India
December 20, 2012
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Only three days ago, the two teams were part of a draining battle in the Test series in which things went from bad to worse for India while England rose in confidence and three days later, they are ready to take on each other for a couple of Twenty20s. Of the two, India need a win, any win.

For India, it is a strange situation. First, they fell in their own trap in the Tests and now they need to find the motivation to come out of the slump and play positive cricket. It doesn't help that the nucleus of their T20 squad is still the same as the Test side. MS Dhoni, whose leadership has been under fire, needs to arrest the slide and switch gears for a format, which appears, suited to the Indian team - hard-hitting batsmen, restrictive bowlers and a wait-and-watch style of captaincy. The reality, though, is that India haven't really dominated on the international level even in T20s.

Unlike India, England's T20 side bears a completely different look. The architects of the series win are already back in England for Christmas, but they have left a scarred Indian team for their T20 generation to feast upon. Most in the side, captained by Eoin Morgan, have been in India for some time now and would have spent time getting used to the spinning conditions. So on paper, England have again been methodical in their preparations. That doesn't directly translate to success - if pitches take spin, the young side could again appear like rabbit in headlights. But it points to one clear difference between the two sides - one fighting their demons, the other ignoring theirs.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Yuvraj Singh may have flopped in the Tests, but he remains a dangerous limited-overs player. His inclusion in the T20 squad three months back appeared driven by emotions, but since then, Yuvraj has spent a considerable amount of time in the middle. He has scored a couple of hundreds at the first-class level and although he appeared inept in the Tests, he would prefer England's new-look bowling attack to stamp his authority.

Eoin Morgan has been a regular in England's limited-overs sides and in Stuart Broad's absence, he has been awarded with the captaincy. Morgan, one of England's best players against spin, will not only be the lynchpin in the middle order, he will have the responsibility of mentoring the inexperienced players. His IPL experience will come in handy for England to draw up plans against the Indian players.

Team news

Ten of the 15 players in India's squad also took part in the Test series. Ambati Rayudu, who replaced the injured Manoj Tiwary, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the two new additions apart from the regulars but could find it hard to make it to the XI. Parwinder Awana could make his international debut after L Balaji and Vinay Kumar were withdrawn from the squad due to injuries.

India: (likely) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 Parwinder Awana

England lost Stuart Broad to a heel injury and was replaced by the Middlesex seamer James Harris. However, he is unlikely to make it to the XI with Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker ahead of him. Joe Root, who was not part of the original T20 squad, could find a place after his impressive showing in the Nagpur Test.

England (likely) 1 Alex Hales, 2 Michael Lumb/Joe Root, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jos Buttler, 6 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Stuart Meaker

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the first international match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.
  • England have played 53 T20Is to India's 41. Their win-loss record is 27-23, which is similar to India's 22-17.
  • The two teams have met each other only five times, with England winning three. MS Dhoni is the only player to have played in all five matches.
  • Of the players in the two teams, Jade Dernbach has the most wickets in T20Is - 18.

Quotes

"It's a completely different format. I don't think there is anything carrying forward from the Test series."
MS Dhoni

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Posted by 777aditya on (December 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

I get the uneasy feeling (the same I had when this team toured in England) that Team India will somehow manage to mess up in the limited overs format as well - dont know, just a gut feeling! This England side is ruthless!

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

indi eed to win 2-0 and 5-0 to make english pay for their transgressions , hope dhoni lead india to glories, come on team INDIA , comeon team BLUE

Posted by baranasai on (December 20, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

why Ravindra Jadeja still in this team.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Come On India........................U Have To Play Well

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Must say our bowling looks particularly weak to me without Swann and Finn. Re our batting I'd have Lumb in there ahead of Root. I prefer Lumb as a T20 batsmen , think he's next in line and also like the left/right opening combo. My team would be similar to My fellow Somerset fan's although I'm not sure about Bresnan or Dernbach

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

@RodStark on (December 19 2012, 16:37 PM GMT) There are pros and cons of 2 separate squads. The cons are that we'll miss the quality of guys like KP and Swann and if we want to be number 1 in all 3 fmts I'd say we need these players in the shorter formats , however we (Eng) seem to have stopped talking about this - perhaps realising that with the amount of cricket played it can't be done unless players are continually rested. So the pros being that there would be few conflicts from the coaches (ie the T20/ODI coach wanting players that Flower wants rested) , that players are less likely to suffer injury or burn out etc. The fact is that if we are continually going to rest our better players for the shorter formats (ie KP/Swann) we may as well just forget about them as T20/ODI players.

Posted by baranasai on (December 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

I feel England will win the series 2/0 -India may put up a fight.They could hve added tiwary than Rohit sharma who had so many chances. Same with Rayudu . Murali Vijay can be given a chnace considering the fact he did reasonably well in many matches Ima happy Rahane has some chance I hope he will make use of it

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

I would like to say that England can do well in this T20 as it has done against the Indian team months ago but this year. All the best to the English team against India.

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

What is Gambhir, Chawla and Dinda doing in this side...Now England will have 14 players to play for them whilst india is down to 8 players...not fair!!!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

why people are talking about dhoni's captancy. Make sure give some space to thing about up coming matches

Posted by bhrangi on (December 20, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: I don't know why you hate test cricket , Just because we lost to England, As an indian I want India to dominate in that in all forms of cricket. Can u bet me that India will beat Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or even ireland in T20 the answer is no any team can beat anybody in T20? it is just a jack pot single player or 1 over is enough to change the game , but test need patience , stamina , temperament and overall talent. We are not dominant even in T20 mate don't forget , Just in ODI we are champions. Accept the defeat and move on.

Posted by wibblewibble on (December 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

@pom_don: I want to see Prior in T20 team too, but I think selectors think that this would be too much workload and he is unlikely to be long term T20 wicky.

However, he's not gone home - he flew from India to Australia, and is playing in the Big Bash (Sydney Thunder)!

I also think he's keen on getting an IPL contract for next year..

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

@ gsingh7 you do know that the English team have gone home as victors on a high in the Test series, and these T20s are nothing more than a sideshow and run out for our younger players?

Posted by brusselslion on (December 20, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney on (December 19 2012, 23:06): I'm mildly disappointed that the ECB agreed to play these two beer matches. Does that count?

Posted by krishkrish on (December 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

@raviteja : Are you joking - Rayudu by chance scored at IPL. Neither he can clear boundries nor find gaps. this is wat spoiling indian cricket, Everybody supporting their state players including selectors.

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 20, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I dont see anyone predicting a 2-0 or 5-0, the 4-0 predictions is still hurting i suppose.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (December 20, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

For all those who are calling for R Jadeja and M Vijay names, please stop.. Its high time these kind of cricketers are left and players like Rayudu, Dhawan, Rahane are given a good run.. Jadejas and Vijays have had their chances.. time for change.. Final chance for Dhoni to prove his worth as limited overs skipper too...

Posted by Teja_Smart on (December 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Why can't Rayudu be an opener with Gauthi??? Rahane not in his best form.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (December 20, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Go England Go!. I want to see Dhoni's India beaten 2-0 in T20s and all the other 50 over games in the series. Let India Board, Dhoni, Gmabhir and Tendulkar learn a lesson or two

Posted by Pettel on (December 20, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Perhaps Patel could bat No.4 after the way he scored 67 in only his second innings of the last World T20 in Sri Lanka. We know what Bairstow / Buttler can do but they looked clueless at times on Sub continent wickets (78 runs 10 Inns). As for Devashish's assertion that Root could find a place after his impressive showing at Nagpur I don't see that innings as a recommendation for 20/20 cricket especially as he won't open, in fact he's probably 4th in line to open.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (December 20, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Dhoni's comments need correction: this is a different format nothing will carry over from tests For India. He forgot the last 2 critical words. As Indian fans know nothing but bad form continues for Indian players from any format to any other format.

Posted by Teja_Smart on (December 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

My IND XI: 1. Gauthi, 2. Rayudu, 3. Kohli, 4.Rohit, 5.Yuvraj, 6.Raina, 7.Dhoni, 8.Aswin, 9.Chawla, 10.Awana, 11.Dinda

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (December 20, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

India should win the T20s at a canter but it will be interesting if any of the young Englishmen, notably Hales, Buttler, Bairstow and Meaker, can make a serious impression.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

India does not know what to do. They are now under pressure and scared of further humiliation. It would be nice to beat them again and again. Hope for the best for the Lions.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

India should Win T20 series, England plays a new team in T20 format minus all the major players took part in Test series.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Bring on the Circus...and see the Jokers Perform!!!!!

Posted by here2rock on (December 20, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Looking at the Indian likely team card, nothing to be really excited about. Same old under performing professional players.

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

What a chance to have put a young team into this game!!!! A way forward in Indian cricket..its boring to see Dhoni, GG, Ashwin still from that loss..would have been refreshing to see Kholi and helm..but its aparent now that N Srinivasan will make sure Dhoni plays every game for his brand is what is carrying CSK, the once champions..

Posted by vikneshk on (December 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

I like to see the names like Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav,Irfan Pathan in the T20 squads.

Posted by Prasad05 on (December 20, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Its surprising Dhoni haven't demanded a turning track this time.

Posted by Sandt on (December 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

ram-i i liked your team but some change is needed. Ajinkya, Unmukht to open, follow up with Kohli (c), Yuvi, Raina, Uthappa(wk),Irfan Pathan, Rahul Sharma, M.Karthik(remember the left arm spinner),P.Kumar (still the best swinger in India),Awana ,Ashwin, Balaji

Posted by SwapnilDudhane on (December 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

my team - 1)Gautam Gambhir,2)Ajinkya Rahane,3)Virat Kohli,4)Suresh Raina,5)Yuvraj Singh,6)Rohit Sharma,7)Mahendra Singh Dhoni,8)Ravindra Jadeja,9)R Ashwin,10)Ashok Dinda,11)Parvinder Awana.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (December 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hales, Lumb, Morgan, Wright, Buttler, Bairstow (wk), Patel, Bresnan, Tredwell, Dernbach/Briggs, Meaker.

Morgan should bat at 3, he is the best batsman in this team. Would like to see Meaker storming in too! This will be a real test for a young side, they wont be too disheartened if they lose, as India are a stronger team on paper, hopefully they put up a good fight though.

Posted by InvisiblePJs on (December 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Strange to see that SRT has been left out of the T20 side -after the past few test series, it would appear that he is suited to batting for short periods only these days...

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Dhoni won T20 because it was young team in 2007, Selectors tye to select the team this time by selecting the same old team. Its a high time to give chance to Virat as captain of T20 and select a talented lads we have seen in IPL.Ajinkya,Manoj Tiwari,Pujar,Mainsh Pandey,Shikhar Dhavan,M Vijay, Ambati,Uthappa,Jadeja,Stuart Binny, Bhatia, Vinay Kumar, Bhuvaneshwar,Awana, Dinda, Pankaj Singh Ankit Chavan

Posted by amit.80s on (December 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Gauti, MS and Ashwin should've been rested(dropped) and replaced by Yusuf, Debo and Bhajji. Virat should be groomed as captain in shorter formats. Oh hang-on I'm sorry BCCI I forgot u guys don't take any advise or suggestions from ne1.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

India may go ahead from here

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Actually what surprised me was the drop in form for Gambhir & Sehwag on indian wickets. Also the shocking bad patch of Sachin in Home Conditions. That did not give MSD enough room to manouver his tactics. If your big guns do not put sufficient runs on the board then it is not fair to criticised the younsters or even the bowlers for not defending the score. In such circumstances what differance can MSD make as a Captain. I dont think any other captain would have made any difference to the outcome of the game. In any case MSD has been the most stable and most successful captain that india has had since a long long time.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

@Night_Fury; Happy to see nice comments of you while appreciating Sri lankans performance. Actually, we love to see India performing well. Hope your team can perform well with Australia.

Posted by AKS286 on (December 20, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

My team will be- Hales, root, kieswetter, wright, morgan, buttler, bresnan, tredwell, meaker, woakes, topley. when ever dernbach played he always been the expensive. why Poms are giving him chance i don't understand. @jose past or present but he always be expensive. no selector or board have guts to comment on sachin. but if you look at other boards no matter who you are just sit or retire.

Posted by Ram-i on (December 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Would love to see a complete make over on the T20 atleast. Get Ajinkya, Unmukht to open, follow up with Kohli (c), Yuvi, Raina, D.Karthik (wk),Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, M.Karthik(remember the left arm spinner),P.Kumar (still the best swinger in India),Awana ,Dinda, Balaji

Give rest to the 'seniors'.

Posted by BSMB on (December 20, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Guys, I support the team when it looses. Its not always about Winning all the time. What is important is doing the RIGHT Thing. Following the right strategy for all formats. Dhoni has been key guy to bring world cups to India. You can't imagine the mental stregnth of this guy to carry the load in all formats all these years.he's been terrific

But its a time to change captain and players in T20. Ask Dhoni to play his natural game in One day and be captain(again change the team) Play with different team in test. Just take off Sachin,Zaheer,Sehwags of the world. look at Ranji- there are so many gritty stars who suits to play test. Keeper we have Karthiks from TN, CM Gautam from Karnataka. Middle orders batsmen likes of Kaif,Amit verma,Bist,Abhinav Mukund etc. So we need fresh perspective from selectors to think in this angle. So far what I have seen that, Selectors have not followed strategically to select appropriate T20,Oneday and test squad.

NOW ITS THE TIME for CHANGE

Posted by RM.Ramasamy on (December 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

We have to wait and see how the new players perforn with old players against England. If the players did well in bowel and bat there is no problems for the forth coming match against Pakistan who is currently one of the strong team in ODIs and T20s. I hope that india will win the two T20s and that will boost the team for the next fight against Pakistan.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

@anuajm on (December 19 2012, 17:01 PM GMT) TBH - Although Cook probably could adapt to do well in this format he has alot on his plate with captaining in the other 2 formats and it seems that England are (rightly or wrongly) loathed to regularly play players across all 3 formats so it would be a case of them probably resting him much of the time anyway.

@davidpk on (December 19 2012, 20:49 PM GMT) I wouldn't be all that sure re test cricket. It's also about economics and while it is healthy in England , in India I think it is probably a dying format and they might see it by way that they can make more in a day or 2 of T20 action than 5 days of test action

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (December 19 2012, 19:15 PM GMT) Please just answer one question - If you hate test cricket so much why were you one of the most prolific posters on the test series?

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (December 20, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

The best part of t20? All us India fans feel less tortured - our team gets demolished quickly.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

raina match winer and he has the power

Posted by jb633 on (December 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@sandy_bangalore- great integrity sir. I really feel for the majority of learned Indian fans who are being subjected time and again to the trashy IPL and the T20 format. I remember a time I supported India over any other side (excluding England) and during their 04 seires against Oz I would stay up all night to watch the likes of Sachin and Dravid battle McGrath, Lee etc. The BCCI is a disgrace and they have absolutley destroyed Indian cricket. What we are seeing now should not be accepted by the Indian public. People like gsingh and Gupta.Ankar must understand that a couple of wins in the hit and giggle format does not cover the fundamental faults with this team. Indians must make a conscience effort to boycott the IPL or nothing will ever change.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 20, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Advance congratulation England.,., Please please win this otherwise our guys will forget the series loss and behave like nothing has happened. Come on England

Posted by BSMB on (December 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir,Dhoni,Sehwag don't deserve to be in T20. Dhoni wwon T20 because it was young,fearless unit in 2007. Our selectors screwed the team this time by selecting the same old Gautam,Sehwag,Dhoni,Zaheer etc. Its a great time to make amends and start with T20. Make Virat captain and select from such a talented pool of cricketers we have seen in IPL. Use a fresh Pen(I mean mindset). I would've selected T20 among this group, Batsmen- Ajinkya,Rohit,Virat,Yuvraj,Raina,Mainsh Pandey,Shikhar Dhavan,M Vijay keeper- Ambati,Uthappa,Karthik All rounder- Jadeja,Ashwin,Stuart Binny, Bhatia, Bowler- Balaji,Vinay Kumar, Bhuvaneshwar,Awana, Dinda, Pankaj Singh

Posted by Night_Fury on (December 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@gsingh: Dude, you can count me out from your cheering and jumping. i am not even gonna watch this match. If you ask me honestly England already celebrating Christmas and i am ashamed of the way we played in tests. Its only because of ppl like you that IPL still has foothold in our country. I hope we loose otherwise we will play same team against Australia and that time we might not even win 1 test. WE NEED CHANGE. and we should stop bashing SLs also. Atleast they showed some spine down under which our entire team was lacking.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@ AKS286 . Why? They don't turn back (dern bach) on a player, who played for them, reasonably well in the past. Even if Dernbach is a precious Jade or Jaded. May be, that is loyalty. May be, it is somewhat similar to the way we let Sachin carry on, despite his obvious decline ... and thoroughly Jaded, though he was a Jade, or even a diamond, in the past!!

Posted by eyballfallenout on (December 20, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@Abhijith Jagirdar my thoughts exactly. close your eyes and swing time, winning this stuff is not a true indication of form or strength, but luck.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

suresh raina should come after kohli in batting lineup....to give india a solid start.

Posted by ice4u on (December 20, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

People who make criticism on Dhoni, please try to understand a fact. He is a wicket keeper batsman. Not a regular batsman. In classical cricket, the wicket keepers are all not good batsmen. They can also bat well though. Gilchrist the man first made the change in impact. So every cricket playing nation trying to get a batsman who can good with bat. Dhoni did it for many times. In 5 days of test cricket, at least a keeper keeps 220 overs. That is approximately 1320 balls. He has to make attention on all balls as well as 40-50%(600 balls) will come to keeper. For all the balls he should sit and stand. This is not a joke. They can perform once click. We can expect a half century from them. But what our specialist did in this series?? What god did??

Posted by Night_Fury on (December 20, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

this is absolute waste of time and energy. I wont watch T20s. Even if we Indians win all T20s and all ODIs, the scar of loosing test series would not be erased. I am very sad that today the Pune stadium would be jam-packed. I think we indians are to be blammed for our test team downfall and we are as much responsible for it as the players and management. We would get creamed by Australia again in tests when they come here. The state of indian cricket is in turmoil and in few months we will have auctions for IPL. Shame on us!!!!!!

Posted by kishoreb4 on (December 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Hope India plays well and restore their pride in home ground... But my only concern is they will retain Dhoni if India wins...

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

@ raviteja439 Ejg Morgan is England captain for T20......

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

My Team for this 2 matches: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt), 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Ambati Rayudu 8 R Ashwin, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 R.jadeja, 11 Parwinder Awana

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@crindex on (December 20 2012, 06:02 AM GMT), twaddle! What arrogance? It would be arrogant to assume that you could rest some of your best players and still win easily, but nowhere has anyone from the England team or management or even fans said that that is the case. The ECB simply think that under the circumstances, they are better off resting the players of current importance to the Test team and playing those who will likely form the T20 side for the next WT20. Seems like a sound plan to me. Sounds like you're just determined to play the imperialist victim to me.

Posted by fanz11 on (December 20, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Call azhar,jedeja,ganguly,dravid,robin,kumble,prasad,srinath,mongia,irfan pathan,laxman back to indian squad for both T20 and ODI series.Then we can easily win the series.Looking at current squad ,some are saying that current indian squad has young players.I never see a young player in a team who is giving fight to england team.They are already old in young age......Ha ha...

Posted by AKS286 on (December 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

why Eng try again & again dernbach he the expensive bowler. no woakes, briggs. Hales, root, kieswetter, wright, morgan, buttler, bresnan, tredwell, meaker, woakes, topley

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@Hammond on (December 20 2012, 07:18 AM GMT), why would you expect to laugh when watching something you think is boring? I haven't laughed at your comments once.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 20, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Limited overs cricket is like watching World Series Baseball. Ive watched & played cricket all my life but i still cant get excited about a T20 series. There are men clubbing seals to death on alaskan ice with more finesse, subtlty & shot selection that an average T20 hack.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

India will be missing Irfan he can bat better than what he bowls

Posted by androyuvi on (December 20, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, If fit, Yadav and Zaheer, are playing all formats of this game, and not giving their best in any single one. Ofcourse, India is still the best ODI team, so these players are automatically selected for ODIs, but they should be forced to give up one format. Have a seaparte pool of players for T20s alone. Thats the least cared version, so keep young guns at the format, and those you perform consistently can knock the doors for ODIs and similarly to Tests.

Lack of captaincy material, good spinners, workload for batsmen taking Indian cricket to its worst.

T20 team could be : Dhawan/Vijay, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina(c), D.Karthik(wk), Rayudu, Irfan, Ashwin, R.Sharma, Yadav, Aaron/Balaji/Praveen.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Suresh Raina,, 4 Yuvraj Singh,5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt),7 R jadeja 8 R Ashwin, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 parvinder awana.

Line up would be like this as jadeja gives an extra option of bowling and he can bat too. ashwin also bats well....so 8 batsmen are enough this line gives dhoni 6 bowlers including yuvraj and jadeja virat can give a perfect opening with gambhir

Posted by AKmAK on (December 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Well it's time for another format, but I have a doubt why? Gambir, he no gonna do any new, but why Sehwag missied?. He is still the only one main match winner of this format. Pls the authorities and selectors open your eyes and do the selection to a better 11 to field (Test and ODI as well) rest will talk itself. Otherwise it is the same fate happend to the Indian football. Who cares? Except the youngesters who dedicated and dreamed a lot for the cricket.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (December 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

What is stopping Indian selectors to remove senior and consistently non performing players and bring in new blood. At least they will blooded by the time they take the mentor of being senior.

This is the best time to blood them else India will go behind in every format. The time of Dhoni is over, he has become too predicatable and luck has deserted him.

It is not to say that Indian cap comes cheaper, but with so much cricket being palyed these days, need to have pool of at least 50 players who could come in to the team anytime. It cannot be true that at any point of time there could be only 10-15 players capable of palying for country in a country of almost 130 crore population. We must have reserve team for every format ready to join as soon as some body gets injured or some player is consistently non performing. This will keep reserve players on their toes.

Posted by soumyas on (December 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

sack srinivasan, sack dhoni, sack tendulkar....india will be back on winning ways.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

My Pick For Today's Match 1. (Obviously)Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Jadeja, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 Parwinder Awana

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I fully agree with your team Mahivivek kumar

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

@ Devashish Fuloria: I think you may have Misquoted it(Scarred India ).. Its absolutely wrong. India , Indians and Indian Cricketers never Scare for anything.. Losing or Wining is part of Game.. India will Win the T20 match as 2-0.. From this England Test Series they may learn many things for the next revenge series against Aussies... So i think they will sure wont repeat it against Aussies... If they have Altered the Team By Picking Youngsters and dropping some Self game people like (Gambhir, Sehwag).Sachin has to take his own call and should not let the selectors to make a call against him... Zak Should be back to as a senior bowler to motivate youngsters. and India need a Spin Bowling Coach to guide the Spinners...

Stop Blaming Dhoni @Mr. Gavaskar, Mr. Amarnath, Mr. Vengsarkar, Mr.Srikanth. Dhoni is a great leader..Right Now there is no good and experience player to replace is Captaiship...As Kholi performing and he may be the Future Captain and now he have to learn maythings ...

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Knowing Dhoni , he would definetly prefer a tried and tested Rohit Sharma , who has been given a milliont chances to prove his mettle and still is a flop rather than unleash a brilliant talent like Ambatti Rayadu. God save our Indian Cricket

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

My XI would be Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit, Yuvraj singh, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, piyush/Kumar,Awana, Dinda

Kohli Should open the batting, that gives chance for Raina to bat at No3. Rahane is sitting in the bench for very long time and his recent ranji perfomances are very poor. Based on condition we need to play either kumar or chawla. This team has very good batting depth and we hope for our new looking bowling line up to deliver.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 20, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Might catch it for a laugh. We call it 'popcorn cricket' where I come from.

Posted by gm47 on (December 20, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

who cares which team wins the T20 games, they are of no importance, England use them to give young players a chance to see what they can do.

They are just fun games and no one will remember any of the results in a couple of years time. Hope India win just to stop the Indian moaners whining on these boards. Then India will think they still have good players but will get thrashed when they play tests against anyone :)

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

I think,India WIN....All the best for India.....................

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Oops...Poor bowling attack...Worst selection. Can anyone explain how Dinda, Chawla & Mithum are better than Irfan brthers?

Posted by Hammond on (December 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Might watch it for a laugh. The format is terribly boring though.

Posted by chapathishot on (December 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

@Nampally.You missed one edition of T20 World Cup Windies are the world champions in the format not the Poms

Posted by krishkrish on (December 20, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

India's best T20 player Suresh raina should bat at No:3 . Virat kohli strike rate is not sufficient to bat at 3.

Posted by Teja_Smart on (December 20, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Who's English captain??? :)

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (December 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

All Cricket playing nations keep their test, ODIs and T20 team separately. However, only the India keep 7-8 players in all 3 formats, and we fans expecting better performance from the cricketers out of form-Dhoni, Yuvi, Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Piyush Chawla. England even omitted the star captain who performed very well in tests with over 500 runs in 4 tests. However, Dhoni still the captain of T20 even though he failed to make even 200 runs in 6 innings of 4 tests. Look at the difference of 2 very different managements. I decided not to watch Indian cricket any more.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

The Nonsense cricket starts now after a gruelling 4 match series of true cricket .........won't be surprised if England lose both T20 and ODI series and Indians thinking that they have taken the Revenge whereas England have already won what they wanted badly .........

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 20, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@Nutcutlet "T20: Good fun, income generating. Test cricket: national sporting pride at stake. A cricketer can achieve greatness in TC; in T20 he just gets rich (& probably overweight)." Lol, and also true. There's a perception that T20 is explosive action and the players have to be really sharp, which is true, but it's still only 40 overs done and dusted! I retired from my modest career 10 years ago, but I reckon that with some moderate training I could manage to survive 40 overs of cricket. . just one question, where does the 50 over ODI now sit? .. Between the other two but closer to Test cricket I would say.

Posted by crindex on (December 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Where are Bhajji and Sehwag?

Posted by mahivivekkumar on (December 20, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

I think Indian Team should be like this and I strongly believe in the batting order I am proposing

1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt), 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Ambati Rayudu 8 R Ashwin, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 Parwinder Awana

Posted by SKSS on (December 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

We miss Irfan Pathan. He sis best all rounder of indian cricket team.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 20, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

@ Melvin Singh on (December 19 2012, 18:13 PM GMT): harsh but probably right ... @ Ankur Sengupta on (December 19 2012, 18:33 PM GMT) : I've got a bit of a theory about all that. .. I reckon the BCCI got a bit carried away with the business side of things and forget that their major assets were humans with a limited playing career. ... it's fine to want to run things like they do in the NFL, Premier League football and the rest, but you can't just have the razzle dazzle without the carefully managed player succession plans that all of the major organisations take extremely seriously. Players are their only real asset if they want to stay in business..

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 20, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Indian team is in the 3rd place of the ICC T20 rankings. Good opportunity to climb to the no.2 spot. Repeat what you did with England in the last T20 world Cup. All the best for both teams.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 20, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

@gsingh7; What a way to think. This is the reason behind the failures of your team. After winning these T20 & other limited over formats, you would think you are the best team in the world. Thing is, it is ok until another test appearance. Hope other Indians don't feel like you. Don't think, you can hide your weaknesses due to this short formats. Anyway, congratulation India for a big win.

Posted by crindex on (December 20, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

ECB is using India as a test ground to experiment with its teams. BCCI should be watchfu. The nature of such experimentation reeks of arrogance from ECB. It stems from ECB's over confidence and short sightedness . Unfortunately Indian players have not been able to snub ECB with any victories at home. English Crickets' revival in a nutshell owes a lot to India in this sense.

Posted by rahuldravid_mr.cricket on (December 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

indian lineup shud b lyk dis-1)rahane2)kohli3)raina4)yuvi5)rayudu6)dhoni7)jadeja8)ashwin9)kumar10)dinda11)aawana..

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan on (December 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

@Nampally I am sorry England are what at T-20? West Indies are the current champions. That's all..I agree with the rest of what you said...

Posted by Narbavi on (December 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Dont really care about these one off t20's, would have cared if it was a world cup, bring on the odi's

Posted by vish57 on (December 20, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

IPL and its huge money drives the Indian Senior players to stay on in T20 format as long as they can. Selectors seldom change the team as the selections are generally made based on past reputation, not on current performance; over and above the nepotism and favouritism of BCCI office bearers. India will definitely win both T20 and every one will forget the test series and we will crown ourselves as new champions with new greats surfacing for a series. This is Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

India: (likely) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli(capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 RA Jadeja, 7 AT Rayudu(wt), 8 R Ashwin, 9 B kumar, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 Parwinder Awana... (this team chance to win the T20 series)

In the article playing IX MSD easy to say our bowling not upto the mark. thats why we last. (we chose more batsmen because Indian team bating strength) what?????

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Rohit Sharma again...? Oh Yeah! This is Team India. BTW, where is Jadeja... he should be playing in place of Chawla.

Posted by Exmaxer123 on (December 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Surely the T20 result would be Eng 2 and Ind 0. with players like Morgan, Lumb and write, eng team will be a much more strong than poor Ind team. Eng has destroy india's proud at their team. most indains think that Ind is the best team in three formats of cricket.but now they must realize the truth. Eng is a class team and they showed their colors in India against India. in that occasion poor DHONI and his children could only watching and crying. so my dear indian brothers & sisters just watch the matches and dont think about victory here.I think this time Dhoni's house wont fired again like in 2007. he he

Chuk de England......!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

It bemuses me why Rahul Sharma is not there. Piyush Chawla could be expensive in this format. Again it is the bowling that looks so thin. At least Dhoni has an excuse with this inexperienced bunch.

Posted by ADB1 on (December 20, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

@Capt.Meanster: "I don't like test cricket and never will."

Sure you don't. That's why you commented regularly on these boards throughout the TEST series. Sounds more like you've decided to drop Test cricket after India's defeat.

Posted by indiabadri on (December 20, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Really surprising not to see Irfan Pathan in this squad. Also would like to see Rayudu, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in place of Gambhir and Piyush Chawla.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Well, if this England T20 manages to beat India in even one of T20 matches then India's test status as well as the entire status as a cricket playing nation should be reviewed. English team on paper is so weak that even any club side in Pakistan/Australia will white wash them!

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (December 20, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

@gsingh: Mate, you can count me out and about a billion from your "1.2 billion bleeding blue" comment. We have had enough, and a couple of victories in a lottery format wont hide the fact that Indian cricket needs restructuring at ALL levels. In fact for the sake of cricket in our country, it wont be a bad thing if the team loses, else a few so-called 'fans' and the bcci will be back to thinking all is well, and the anger prevalent now will quickly change to adulation and our overrated overhyped cricketers will once again become the darlings of the corporate world and the media, talent and performance notwithstanding.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

I hope Nampally meant England are former world champs and not current, WI are current champs and rank above England and lame India.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Hello what made you think that Piyush Chawla will be included in the side ahead of Ravindra Jadeja?? and that too when Dhoni is the captain....

Posted by SwapnilDudhane on (December 20, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Why are Irfan Pathan and Varun Aaron not in the team ? and how come Piyush Chawla gets selected in every format.

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (December 20, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

India will defnitely win this match because there will be less burden on Dhoni because Sehwag and Tendulkar are not playing.

Posted by Mervo on (December 20, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

India should win for two reasons. First they play on slow home conditions. Second they have team ethic where England rely on their South African recruiting field with Meaker, Dernbatch and so on. Even Morgan was recruited from Ireland. No real team ethic there.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

India is going to lose this T20 for sure

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 20, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Title must be "SCARED India strive For Motivation. T20 is good as it will offer sadistic pleasure to IND fans.

Posted by sss_m19 on (December 20, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

I doubt ajinkaya rahane will get the opener slot with gambhir,knowing dhoni's favouritism kohli might open with gambhir and ravindra jadeja will make into final XI wish to be proved wrong...this has nothing to do with CSK favourites..if so badri a better test batsmen would have gor his chance in test instead of yuvraj singh..dhoni has his own team...

Posted by GerrardLK on (December 20, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

My best advise to Indian fans is to stop day dreaming & having hopes on this incapable Indian cricket team. It's going to be just another day of humiliation for Indian Cricket.

Posted by jimbond on (December 20, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

I hope they find some way to play the new guys in the Indian team. England anyway is going to give chances to fresh faces. From the likely team that is mentioned, I hope they make at least two changes- Rayudu in place of Gambhir, and Bhubaneswar Kumar in place of Chawla.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (December 20, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

@gsing7, I doubt that even an Indian whitewash in the limited overs games would send England home 'defeated and dejected'. England won the test series, and that is far more important than limited overs games. It is especially more important than T20's which are, as one other commenter has pointed out, more or less a lottery. Until India faces up to the fact that they have become arrogant and are in denial about the uselessness of their test team they're not going to be emabrassing anybody except themselves and the Indian fans. Personally, as an Australian fan, I would be more than happy for the BCCI and the Indian team to change nothing. It would be good for our boys to warm up for the Ashes by whipping India in India the way that England has just done.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Dhoni is quite correct that it's a different format and a fresh start but I don't think that they can just wipe the Test series loss from their minds. India were confident going into the Test series and looked what happened. That is bound to shake their confidence a bit for the other formats. That might be a good thing for India though, as they may have taken some things for granted before the Test series whereas now they realise that they won't win simply by turning up.

Posted by Punjami on (December 20, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Shortest form of cricket is a lottery. Give players like Bhuvanesh, Awana both the games.Rayudu can be WK and Dhoni can field in the "V". No Chawla please!

Posted by Tronyai on (December 20, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

england will lose to india jus like in the world cup t20

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

Indians probably find it difficult to adjust to the format, as the nucleus of the side remains the same. Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvraj and Dhoni are all good limited overs players, but I guess the reversal in Test series will act on their minds. I do not think they will start firing on all cylinders right from the beginning. They start cautiously and that probably will lead to their downfall. Before they realize and acclimatize, the series is gone, it is all of two encounters! Yuvraj's selection was sentimental, but it that continues to happen it will embarass himself and his fans. He is a shadow of himself, with no fitness no energy levels and is a burden on the team.Dhoni will surely find his feet in this format and whether that is good enough to secure a series win remains to be seen.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

A WALL OF WORDS from the England squad . Remember the game is played on the field of play that's where it matters most of all ......... See you there .

Posted by Meety on (December 19, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Watch out England, rumour has it that India will be seeking REVENGE!!!!! LOL!

Posted by ZedInLosAngles on (December 19, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Chawla does not belong in the T20 11 ! He definitely does not belong at international level (Test, ODIs or T20s). They should try new spinners or use Or Jadeja or Amit mishra or Ojha.

I would prefe Michael Lumb to Root. Root should not be currupted with T20s. He seems to be a future long term prospect for Test Cricket. And Lumb's game is made for T20s.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (December 19, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

@gsingh Yorkshire trundler eh? I can only assume you're a closet lancastrian to single out6 the yorkie for criticism

Posted by Baundele on (December 19, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Dhoni probably forgot Piyush Chawla. He is carried forward from the test series.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 19, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (December 19 2012, 20:58 PM GMT), no Englishman is going home dejected after a Test series win. Even if England lose both T20s, the most you can hope for is mild disappointment I'm afraid.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (December 19, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

India really do have a great opportunity to win this, with England's B side bowling unit (I dont mean that derogatory, as they are fine bowlers), plus so many inexperienced batsman. India should be able to rack up big big scores on their pitches in home conditions. I really hope the young English batsman play with no fear and go out and try to express themselves, we are the clear underdogs and they should use the games to have some fun and play with invention - which they can do if they dont have too much pressure on them and they prepare properly (which of course they will).

Posted by Chris_P on (December 19, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

@davidpk. Well said & 100% agree. Funny thing, I used to read the same about ODI's & that format is now shaky with its future very much clouded. I have been to many ODI's & T20's & a stack of tests. Tests are always easily recalled. @ landl47. Fun AND meaningless. @gsingh7, England dejected? How old are you?

Posted by notgburns on (December 19, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge, or should I say RandyOZ, you should move to England, you seem to love our team so much, it's quite charming actually, a bit like a puppy.

All the best!

Posted by notgburns on (December 19, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

gsingh7 - England could lose every single game left and still not go back anything but elated. Winning a test series in India is a great achievement for this team. It is a shame that you don't seem to appreciate that what makes it a great achievement is that India used to have a great test team, and no doubt, will have one again, if people like you don't have much of an influence. In cricket, as much as the BCCI may try, the test is king.

Posted by Long-Leg on (December 19, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

@gsingh7: You are taking these beer matches far too seriously. They are exhibition matches which have no context and mean nothing. The first international T20 was between NZ and Australia in March 2005. The New Zealanders came out wearing wigs and both teams wore body hugging fancy dress outfits. Everyone treated the occasion as just a bit of fun. Personally I think their attitude was spot on and I would like to see England and India treat these two games in exactly the same way.

Posted by pg66 on (December 19, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

@gsingh7: I am not an english cricket fan (not even english), but I suspect if ENG lose all the ODIs and T20s, they wouldn't care less! Rather than going home "defeated and dejected", they would go home knowing they got the important job done. A 2-1 Test victory, on Indian soil, having lost 3 tosses and played on pitches tailor made for the home side. I greatly admire the passion and support of indian cricket fans. But Indian cricket will never improve when people have this attitude that a couple of T20 wins cancels out repeated embarrassing Test performances. We've even heard Indian players saying this.

Posted by MOHDsarfaraz on (December 19, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

India will miss Irfan surly

Posted by Nampally on (December 19, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

India's bowling weaknesses are better hidden in T-20. On their day, any team can beat any other team. Some bowlers have perfected the art of bowling with minimal runs/0ver. Neither India nor England have those bowlers. So it is a free for all. Raina & Dhoni are 2 dominant batsmen for T-20 like Morgan & Bairstow for England. But the Indian batsmen are slightly better equiped for T-20 format than England, even though England are the World champions in this format. This is due to IPL being the bread & butter for many Indian Players. So I expect a stronger Indian team performance than what they did in the Tests. T-20 matches are always down to the last over. I expect the first T-20 will be a close one. Since it is lottery, the the better performing team on the day wins the Match. That is the only prediction one can make. The heading of "Scarred India" is a misnomer.It is New younger India with keen fielders, strong hitters albeit weak bowlers.Rahane, Rohit & Kohli will do well. Good luck!

Posted by NairUSA on (December 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

BCCI still resists change! There is nothing to be lost now and is the right moment to try out the new generation players who offer hope. England had shown the path - play a completely different eleven who is agile, fresh and hungry for success. Instead, we now have a tired, demoralized and self-delusional set of senior players eager to prove their worth. Somethings never change!

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

@Front-Foot-lunge - stop hiding behind someone else's name, getting boring now! And besides, if India can't compete with a population of over a billion, what chance have England got......

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 19, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Of England's likely XI, only Root, Bairstow, Meaker & possibly Buttler can look to the future with a realistic prospect of playing Test cricket. Only Meaker bowls & my guess is that International T20 matches are more about him gaining experience for the main event (TC) than anything else. It's important thay he doesn't compromise on the pace bowler's proper skills by adopting a method of putting RPO economy above wicket-taking deliveries. As it is, if there's any life in the Pune strip, he'll find it & wake one or two Indians up. @Cpt. Meanster: we've had the main meal (Indian stew!) now we've moved on to the cheese & biscuits you'll find the diet more to yr liking! For someone who doesn't care for TC, you could have fooled me. You see, mate, like it or not, outside India there is a perspective on these things. T20: Good fun, income generating. Test cricket: national sporting pride at stake. A cricketer can achieve greatness in TC; in T20 he just gets rich (& probably overweight).

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

come on team blue win all games from here on and send this english team back to english shores defeated and dejected, yorkshire trundler wud get retired after these games with dhoni hitting sixes as long as highway from pune to bombay, come on kohli show ur aggressive nature and conquer the three lions, hope we see a victorious INDIA at christmas , come on team blue, 1.2 billion hearts bleed blue

Posted by sparth on (December 19, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Other countries have got it right when they select different players for their test and T20 sides. Look at Australia and to an extent, SA and Eng.

Also, Rohit Sharma has been given enough chances in the limited over field to shine and has failed spectacularly. Give him an opportunity to play tests, and if he fails there too, drop him altogether. And how on earth did Chawla make it into this team too. I just don't know what is going through the minds of these selectors. I hope they have some sort of master plan that I can't see figure out because the selection seem ludicrous

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 19, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Cpt Meanster. test cricket will be here long after you and me are long forgotten. T20 i guess will stay the course, i for 1 do watch it, but even when england won the T20 final i still have to look up the stats. i can still remember the 1st test i went to from 45 years ago

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Change complete team and dont let the losing virus remain in indian team

Posted by landl47 on (December 19, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Since England's best T20 side would have Swann, Broad, Finn and Pietersen playing. India has to be favourite to win this game. Luckily, in T20 the result is pretty much a lottery so England might win. If they do, great; if not, let's hope it's a fun game anyway.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

If 8-0 away including 4 innings defeats wasn't enough motivation for an improved performance if not a series win against England at home then T20s and ODIs are irrelevant.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

This T20 English side is so young I think Dhoni himself would have played more T20 matches than the total matches by combined English players!!!

Posted by GAKUMAR77 on (December 19, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

These T20 Matches are not countable , Why the selectors are still going with Dhoni insted of giving chance to Kohli ..

Posted by JustIPL on (December 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Its motivation in itself that Inida are no more playing the tests. Indian Players are done with the headache of test cricket somehow and generally enjoy shorter format. Therefore, there is probability of winning more and more and curators wont have tough time getting dictation from board to lay this or that type of pitch.

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

T-20 specialists like Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ashwin (bowler) are bestowed with TEST berths..

Any one wonder why proper TEST batsmen like Dravid, Laxman, Pujara, Kaif, Aakash Chopra, Badrinath were never really sought after in T-20..

If TEST batsmen cannot perform enough for T-20, what makes you think that T-20 players can excel at TEST level?

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

I do enjoy T-20, but not at the expense of TEST cricket...

They should just have three different teams (& captains) for three different formats and everyone can enjoy the format they like.

Die-hard cricket fans like me will watch even a Sixers tournament...

Players will compete for the format they chose (/chosen) and will only warrant the place based on their performance in that format...

Unlike the current situation where a couple of stellar T-20 performances are giving players TEST berths....

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

I am totally dumb founded by the indian selctors ....

Rohit Sharma continues to make the ODI team, even though he is a mediocre ODI batsman and he is a MUCH, MUCH better longer version batsman ...

Rohit is not good enough to be a specialist ODI batsman ... his average of "30" is descent for what he is.... and Test batsman ...

HOW and WHY does someone who has an average of 61.. after 55 1st class matches, with 15 1st class 100's and a high score of 309 , keep getting omitted form the Test team ?

Posted by deol84 on (December 19, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

good chance for india to compete against england.no peterson no swaan no anderson,sorry no finn either.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 19, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Okay... I have a suggestion to reduce the war of words between fans of test cricket and fans of T20s. Firstly, I am a PROUD T20 fan. I don't like test cricket and never will. Now, we have the players in a certain country who play the sport. Since we have 3 formats, it's time to separate the squads as per the format. In other words, T20 players should NOT play test cricket and vice versa. I say this because I am fed up hearing words like 'quarantine' come up against a format like T20 which is a quality format and the one for the future. In fact, it's time to 'quarantine' players from test cricket as well. Let test cricket have its own specialists. In that way, it's good for the sport and for fans of each of the formats. More so, when we have leagues such as the IPL, BBL etc., T20 specialists can play in the whole tournament and test cricketers can go about their business of getting amused for 5 long days without any bother of T20 cricket. So both fans are happy, no confusions.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

I see no Sehwag in the lineup. Is he 'injured'? Will he produce a doctor's certificate that he is fully fit like he did for Champions T20 league? I am not holding my breath :)

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

Common indians dont try to get all the revenge in single match as you tried in test, just play your normal game and win just one by one and stage by stage

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

The reason for India's downfall has been Dhoni's and the team management's persistence of favouring players like Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma for such a long period of time. Other players who have been constantly performing well at the domestic level were rarely given an opportunity in test matches. Now that the seniors have retired, the team is unable to fill the void because the youngsters don't have adequate experience at the international level. The rotation policy should have been implemented by the BCCI a long time back. Now the team is suffering due to lack of vigilance from the part of the board of selectors.

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

T-20 captain - Raina ODI captain - Dhoni Test captain - Kohli/Pujara/Ashwin (who ever has the brains and a stable place in the TEST team)

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

England don't really care about T20s, its a nice platform to give youngsters a chance, and they are doing the same-giving youngsters to showcase their talent in the international arena.....they may lose both T20s to India but thats how new team are build....India surely will play the same old names, winning this series will send these indian cricketers to clouds again.....Dhoni will say we have made the comeback LOL

Posted by xylo on (December 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Thank God... the walking wickets that were Sehwag and Sachin are gone. And better-fielding young legs Rahane and Raina are in. I am also guessing that Rayudu will pip Rohit to the XI.

Posted by keecha on (December 19, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Scarred or Scared? I think both.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

they need to win more than ever in the home series as they fail miserly in tests. want to see some metal by indians,especially batting unit. and i m keeping my finger cross for india to win the contest in T20 and ODI's. "hope agains all odds"

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@Rahulbose you are spot on with your comment

Posted by pom_don on (December 19, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

The one glaring omission is not having Prior in the T20 he is in the form of his life & brim full of confidence.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

As an England fan and someone who only follows Test/First Class Cricket I think the England management have taken the right decision here. It is time that Test Cricket is recognised for what it is the purest and original form of the game.

There's little point in wasting Test players on what is essentially hit and giggle cricket, I notice the Australians are doing a similar thing with their Test squad in quarantining them from the BBL before the Boxing Day Test.

We seem to be heading in the direction of separate teams for each format, I think it's good for the players and for the fans of whatever format you follow.

Posted by skilebow on (December 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@Rahulbose I completely agree with you about it being a lottery but i think India are favourites. I'm really looking forward to it as whilst Tests are still much better I love a good T20 game, unlike many of my fellow countrymen it seems

Posted by baranasai on (December 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

My feeling is the indian team needs new blood and New thinking captain who should take India in a positive direction-But this will take time- as the entire team cant be set in one go. We should bring in new players just like pakistan doing all the time- no mercy -no performance no place- Regarding SRT no body wants to bell the cat-no body has the guts to say-You are the weakest link causing problem-good bye I hope SRT will see all the remarks of the erst while sincere fans wjho are getting fed up.It is the interest of the team is more important than the individuals . Any way nothing like that will ever happen as this sort of people will continue as long as they want

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

India are ordinary a declining team :D

Posted by Biggus on (December 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Neither the Indian players nor the fans seem to care about Test cricket any more. Many Indian fans use thus as an excuse and assure us that Test cricket will be dead within five years. Well they better hope they win this T20 series or the next excuse will have to be unfavourable astrological conditions or excess pixie dust at the ground or.......horror of horrors, a pressing need for honest introspection, something that seems to put the fear of God into them (no, not Sachin, some other one). Selection protocols are unduly influenced by financial considerations and the players seem averse to the levels of physical fitness training required to allow themselves to compete on an even basis with the stronger sides. Whatever posessed them to think they could ignore these issues and still beat the sides that leave no stone unturned in the search of success? It seems they've let themselves believe that they are inherently better than everybody else. Pride does indeed come before a fall.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Dont know who is the England captain in the absence of Stuart Broad...

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Dernbach and Bresnan are just another Broad on current form. Dont England have any more penetration in the seam department? Why do we always have to start by losing the first match because of wrong selection, before we wake up

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

well the bcci have got it all in their grasp. after the pantomime and jiggery pokery leading to the tests. england with very much youth in mind. home umpires and even after defeat in the tests, an revenge in mind. them and their fans need a win here big time so they can at least get some bragging rights so i expect 2 - 0 to india.

Posted by crindex on (December 19, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu should find a place in playing XI. He is sincere and truly a gifted player. India should consider him ahead of Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (December 19, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

England's innovation continues! Not only do we now employ different captains for different formats, we now have different nationalities for these captains. If Peitersen was still captain, we'd have had the trifecta! It's great for Morgan, and import to our shores since we have trouble finding a decent squad of 11 from the stock of 45 million in England and Wales, we need to look towards Ireland, Scotland and South Africa.

Posted by SunnyD on (December 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

I tend to agree more with Dhoni's positive thinking than the writer Devashish Fuloria's. Dhoni's defensive approach when fielding will work also. However, the hunger and planning needs to be there to win.

Posted by Rahulbose on (December 19, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Bilateral International T20s are so pointless. The T20 fans follow leagues more closely than these and the test fans loath these series. T20 being what it is this series gives to sense of any team being better than another, it only shows who won the lottery.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (December 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Dhoni should only be captain of T20/ODI team. Yuvraj,Raina,Irfan Pathan should be only in T20/ODI team. No TEST for above 4 players. Kohli should be also kept away from T20s althoughhe should play both tests and odis. Similar for Rohit ,Tewary,Rayudu,Pujara - none of them should figure in T20 team ever. Sehwag andgambir must retire. Tendulkar must be coach not player now anymore. T20 twam should contain Dhoni , Uttapa ,Raina,Yuvraj,Yusuf,Valthathy,Bisla,Jadeja etc

Posted by anuajm on (December 19, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

I think England should get Cook in the team as an opener and captain. Cook has customized his game to suit the needs of the shorter format, look at his ODI's record. I have heard he does really well in domestic 20-20's and scores at a decent clip. I am sure with the kind of appetite he has for making runs, he'll do really well in 20-20's. On another note, it has become boring to an Indian cricket fan. I would rather follow England, Aussies and SA - the fighters..Cheers!!

Posted by fanz11 on (December 19, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Surely Another T20 Series white wash Eng 2-0 and ODI series Eng 5-0..cheers To England..Team Rating India 2/10 ...England 9.5/10

Posted by Kulaputra on (December 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Why not select Tendulkar for T 20 as well ?

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Dont want any senior player from Test. Gambhir, Dhoni, And Ashwin should be RESTED (put it nicely)

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Why KP is not in T20's ?.I think He is a aggressive T20 player,with much experience in these Indian Pitches.And he can handle the spin well too.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@Budhaiya on (December 19 2012, 15:31 PM GMT) It's true. India were whitewashed in the tests vs Eng last year and Ind whitewashed Eng just a few months later. Ok test series was in Eng and ODI was in India but also Eng lost UAE by whitewash but won ODI series by whitewash and won T20 series too. Eng are also without KP and Swann who in my eyes are massive T20 players

Posted by RodStark on (December 19, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Interesting that England's team has only Bresnan and Patel (and perhaps Root) as holdovers from the test series, and other than Root and perhaps Meaker, I don't really see any of this team having much of a future in tests. Looks like we're really heading for two separate squads, and I think I like the idea.

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

What Dhoni was diong comparing the test loss to 2007 world cup loss is.....trying to highlight his 2011 worldcup victory

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Three captains, Three different teams for different formats..

and if someone happens to be so blessed with talent and versatile like a YOUND tendulkar.. then may be an exception or two

That too only in two formats like TEST, ONEDAYs or ONEDAYs, T-20s.. which are some what close...

No one ever plays both tests and T-20s...how gifted they may be.

Posted by GAKUMAR77 on (December 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

All other nations following different captains for different formats.. Why don't we? If people banish these matches then only board will realize. In wat basis dhoni wants to keep t20 leadership, he should give the chance to Kohli..

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 19, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Looking at the teams, India are the stronger looking side - but T20 is highly unpredictable and a decent performance from one or two of the poms could see England steal it. I can see Bresnan and Dernbach disappearing out of the park on more than one occasion though.

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Someone who asked - "Scarred" about?? I think you misread it as Scared....

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Boycott the T-20s

unless they have seperate streetsmart sloggers selected specifically for this format....I hope Pujara never gets a chance to play this format either in IPL or international.. our only un-infected hope in TEST cricket..

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

I wish India lose the T-20 by big margin...which they never did manage to do well - expect for the one worldcup anyway

otherwise they will now be crowned the T-20 tigers (at home)

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

If any Indian supporter/fan cares about TEST cricket, they should forsake the T-20 format.

Posted by Bon_Bon on (December 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

We the spectators are always the winner - looking forward to a good fight

Posted by Nish_US on (December 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Great job CA - Can India do the same thing for the future of TEST cricket..EVER... Nope never

I have been advocating the same for Indian players - but BCCI and the players are so money minded, it will ever take affect.

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

Its really important that people like Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ajinya Rahane show that spirit and keep the team moral high.

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

"Shorter the format, greater India's chances", it is something that we used to say about Bangladesh and Zimbabawe.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (December 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Butler should be ahead of Bairstow every time and neither Lumb nor Root should be in an international T20 side surely England has better options ? It would be better to open Wright with Hales and add Butler in the 11 rather than Root or Lumb they are not dangerous T20 players

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Play 11 batsmen, at least 5 can bowl from that. Not much use with our spinners/pacers.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

"Scarred" about?? Yes they willl fall to 7th rank after losing the four T20s coming up, but does it matter? Why do they rate T20 so hiighly?? Anyways, where is Sehwag, injury or form

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Shorter the format, greater India's chances

Posted by Budhaiya on (December 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

MSD says that it's completely different format and there'll be nothing carrying forward from the Test series. How is it possible? 10 of the 15 players of T 20 squad have been part of recently concluded series,so according to the skipper,their mind,their thinking,tactics will change abruptly. This's illogical. These very players are witness of India's demolition on home soil,then how is it possible that all of them will change their mindset and tactics at the earliest. Entire team must focus on how to correct their mistakes to avoid defeat in following matches.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Please dont give chance to Chawla and Dinda, apart from that anyone in India can plan. Once cannot bowl fast with accuracy and other cannot spin effectively neither can bowl at right areas.

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