India v England, 1st T20I, Pune

All-round Yuvraj powers India to victory

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 20, 2012

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India 158 for 5 (Yuvraj 38) beat England 157 for 6 (Hales 56, Yuvraj 3-19) by five wickets
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Yuvraj Singh claimed three wickets, India v England, 1st T20, Pune, December 20, 2012
Yuvraj Singh showed why he is indispensable in limited-overs cricket © BCCI
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Players/Officials: Alex Hales | Yuvraj Singh
Series/Tournaments: England tour of India
Teams: England | India

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  • India's win is their third in six Twenty20 internationals against England. However, it is their first win in home Twenty20 matches against England.
  • The number of balls remaining after the win (13) is the highest for India in a successful chase of 150 or more. The target is also the fourth-highest chased by India.
  • This is the second time that Yuvraj Singh has made a 35-plus score and picked up three or more wickets in the same game. Overall, there have been 13 such instances in Twenty20 internationals.
  • Yuvraj's 3 for 19 is the joint sixth-best bowling performance for India in Twenty20 matches. It is also the second-best performance for India against England after Harbhajan Singh's 4 for 12 in Colombo earlier this year.
  • The strike rate of 160 for Alex Hales is the highest for an England batsman against India (50-plus scores only).

Yuvraj Singh's decade-long attempt to secure a permanent spot in the Test team may have been thwarted once again this month, but in the first Twenty20 against England he once again showed why he is indispensable in limited-overs formats. First, his spell of left-arm spin upended England's innings and then his burst of hitting smoothened India's path to a comprehensive victory.

In the first international match at the Subrata Roy Stadium in Pune, Alex Hales and Luke Wright had muscled 68 in seven overs for the second wicket as England rattled along at more than 10 an over. Hales began with two powerful pulls for four in the first over, and then showed off his straight-hitting to sprint to a 26-ball half-century, his fourth for England. Unlike Hales, Wright hadn't spent time in India with the England Performance Programme squad but he too played a fluent boundary-filled innings, not flustered by the change in conditions from the Big Bash League in Australia.

Yuvraj's introduction in the ninth over transformed the game. He was the seventh bowler MS Dhoni turned to as India desperately searched for ways to stall the runs, and he immediately delivered. Five of the previous six overs had been punished for 10 runs or more, but Yuvraj in his first gave away just five singles. In his next, he had Luke Wright caught at long-off. In his third, Hales was dropped by Dhoni, then bowled before England captain Eoin Morgan gave long-on a catch. The triple-blow sucked out the momentum from the innings, and by the end of his spell the run-rate was down to around seven-and-a-half.

Ashok Dinda, leading India's pace attack though he himself is fairly new to international cricket, delivered the perfect penultimate over, taking two wickets and giving away only two runs. Either side of that though, Dhoni's go-to bowler in Twenty20s, R Ashwin, and debutant fast bowler Parvinder Awana were hit for two sixes in an over each as Jos Buttler's unbeaten 33 lifted England to 157.

That was a score India looked happy to concede on a good track in a stadium with short boundaries. Their task was made easier by the poor line of England's new-ball bowlers, who gifted plenty of runs down the leg side. Ajinkya Rahane, a near-permanent fixture on the India bench, finally got a chance in the middle, and he jumpstarted the chase with a couple of straight sixes.

Though Tim Bresnan got his first international wickets since September by removing both Rahane and Gautam Gambhir in the fifth over, Yuvraj kept the large crowd cheering with a 21-ball 38. That included an onslaught on left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, who was taken for 18 in his only over of the game. Soon after, Yuvraj top-edged a pull off Luke Wright for six and though he connected solidly on the next delivery as well, it soared too high and didn't clear the rope, falling in the hands of Stuart Meaker.

India were already 93 for 3 in the 10th over by the time Yuvraj was dismissed, and Suresh Raina and Dhoni weren't unduly troubled as India knocked off the runs required to confirm victory in the 18th over.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
England 38 11 7 51-1 44-2 0/1
India 30 10 6 52-2 26-1 (17.5 overs) 0/10

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 22, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Yuvraj is great in shorter formats, but India should not depend on him so much. It's time to groom other all-rounders - like B Kumar of UP or Rishi Dhawan of HP, or Stuart Binny of Karnataka. Irfan Pathan is a reliable all-rounder for the shorter formats, but he's on the injured list right now.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

No matter how ordinary Yuvraj is he comes handy whenever India needs him to perform in shorter formats. Pakistan or Srilanka do not possess the same luxury in Afridi or Mathews. For Bangladesh absence of Shakib is also going to be felt less as they can now win whole series without him. All I can say dependence on one player is not healthy for any team in the long run. Team synergy is more important. How it fails can be proven from the last humiliation of New Zealand. Mccullum did not fire, they are done. Gayle also in same vulnerability for WIndies but Australia or RSA do not depend the same way on Watson or Kallis.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

@Optic : What do you mean by full strength? It is T20 anything can happen who knows next match , England may win. This form and ODI is completely different and we are considerably good in it. Test and ODI are my most favorite, i would be happy when India won ODI series but not at this T20 win, @Shan : Again mate, I never said England wouldn't have won when in-form VVS and Dravid were there,at least they would have showed some fight in 2nd and 3rd test. Now England is at its best in TEST and everyone accept that but when you lose in T20 or ODI dont talk like that format we never cared thats why we lose.??

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (December 21, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

Yuvraj Singh is an ordinary all-rounder.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

I am not optimistic about the wining of 2nd T20. India may lose because they are not consistent enough against England in this whole series.

In the test series I would rather say that India played worst cricket than England played good since India can't make it mainly in batting department against the ordinary English attack.

Posted by Silverbails on (December 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

OMG, India have actually WON a match Vs. England. Does it matter? No, certainly NOT!! It's absolutely typical of the Indians...when there's NOTHING to play for, their intensity increases. And that ONLY for the shortest version of the game. The sooner this tour is over, then the better for the ridiculous indians...No, ONLY when their Test results improve dramatically for the Indians will things actually be getting better!!! T20 and ODI cricket mean NOTHING!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (December 21, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

@Nampally on (December 20 2012, 21:59 PM GMT) And Prior was pretty decent too. Trott didn't do too badly towards the end either.

@Hammond on (December 20 2012, 21:55 PM GMT) I think you can probably rearrange the words in the 2nd sentence and it would be more accurate

@spiritwithin on (December 21 2012, 09:42 AM GMT) To be fair when England won the T20 and ODI series in UAE , most of our fans (the regulars anyway) saw it as a mere consolation after losing the tests so there is an element of consistency. Cheerleaders will be cheerleaders regardless. If you look at the squads we've selected for both the T20s and ODIs with our best player Swann rested from both and KP rested from T20s it might tell you how our management are seeing the series

Posted by Shan156 on (December 21, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, I don't know, I think Indian batsmen, at least in the shorter formats, are really good and they are very good at playing spin regardless of format. I would like to think that it says a lot about the wonderful bowling of Swanny and Monty rather than some inept batting by India for us to win the test series convincingly.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 21, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@CandidIndian, Thank you. You were gracious in appreciating England for a series win and have always remained humble in victory. And you have always displayed your love for and knowledge in cricket in your posts. I wish every fan were like you. Best wishes mate.

Posted by cjscanada on (December 21, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@Nutclet you are right that the current Indian players gulps down the dessert and wallops the appetizer but they have no stomach for the main course but please spare me the talk and I mean some of the other English fans too a defeat is a defeat irrespective whatever side you choose. Some of those who give excuses that this is not the same Test squad, India too does not have two of their top scorers and Ojha. This is irrelevant though. It is a good move by England to have different sets of players cause you do not want to cultivate the bad habits of T20 into Test. For those of you who think India is back into business with this win, if you meant the fans, I do not think that is right. The posts coming from the Indian fans have been a lot more positive and they are still hurting from the pathetic performance of the Tests. I do not think most of the fans would be happy even if we whitewash the English and the Pakistani's in the shorter version, it is the Test matches that hurt us most.

Posted by Optic on (December 21, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

I actually don't agree with alot of the English fans. I like T20 it's good fun,obviously not as important as Test cricket but still but to say they didn't care that we won the T20 WC is rubbish I loved and so did lots of other England fans. Fact is we were the best side around until very recently and have won the majority of games we've played the last 2 years since the last WC up to this years WC, having won 16 out of 23 that should be celebrated not sneered at. I don't understand why some of the Indians fans are back to bleating, this team is a true 2nd team and they should be beating them the majority of the time especially in their own country, add to that a lot of our players haven't played cricket for ages. I hope to see an Improvement in facets of the game by England next time.

Posted by Optic on (December 21, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@bhrangi Calm down dear, I think every England supporter expected this from you lot, to start giving it the big one soon as you win a game against England's B team, it really is pathetic but I can't say the world wasn't expecting it. I mean the last time we played you at T20 over in India with a full side we best you fairly easily.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

@spiritwithin, Indian players and fans wanted to avenge the 0-4 defeat in England. Are you satisfied with the 5-0 win in the ODIs last year, the T20 win in the WC, and the T20 win yesterday? If yes, then I guess both parties are happy:-) I would happily trade our T20 WC win for a longer stint at the top of the test rankings with series wins over all teams both home and away. Although all formats matter, the one that matters to us the most is test cricket and we are glad that we won 4-0 at home and 2-1 away. So, we are naturally more gutted by our defeats to Pak and SA this year more than any of the shorter format defeats that you mention. While the 4-0 win in the ODIs and 2-1 win in the T20s against Pak are creditable, they do not atone the test series loss. However, we are improving in tests and we are happy about that. Australia and England are the only teams to have won away series in every country since 2000.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (December 21, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@Patrician Jatt dhoni is best captain for 20-20. Dhoni can do good batting than Yuvraj. Dhoni can bat under pressure but yuvraj cannot do bat under pressure.

If you can see in IPL youraj was captain of Punjab and then Pune. what yuvraj did for both team as a captain.

So please don't demand yuvraj as a captain.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@bhrangi, who is talking like we are world beaters? It is you who seem to get too carried away by the T20 win. Before the series, you claimed that you will win 4-0, now it is 'just' a 2-1 series win for England and it is not a big deal but you will win T20Is 2-0 and ODIs 5-0. You claimed that had Dravid and Laxman were there, England would not have won. Then we could also claim that if our retired superstars were playing we would have won with a better margin. Get over it. Dravid and Laxman are retired. They are not coming back. And, even if they do, our guys *may* have still won. See, the keyword is *may*. There is no guarantee that India would have won had these 2 guys played.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 21, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@Dhanno on (December 21 2012, 15:04 PM GMT) - sorry man - I know! I saw it soon after and I did post to congratulate you on excellent joke - but cricinfo never published it. Maybe they will this time. Nice - very funny!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

india lost the test series.. we indian fans accepted that we were outplayed and have t to improve a lot in the long format.. but im sure if england go on to lose in the t20 and odi series.. their fans will come up with .. " we dont give importance to the shorter formats... test cricket is real cricket" ....

Posted by bhrangi on (December 21, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@Eng fans : never expected this from guys really.,,. Actually you did something that all other teams done before. yeah you won the series that too 2-1 don't talk like you are world beaters. Hilarious seriously. I am damn sure after the first test match, no eng fan should expect them to win the series. If you tell that Eng were the one that lost T20 rather then Ind Won. I would say the same for the test as well. Still you are vulnerable to spin in subcontinent you didn't meet the quality spinner. I dont like Pak team but I like ajmal hope You remember him.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 21, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Yuvraj, Raina, and Dhoni are the kings of ODI and T20. They should stick to shorter formats and forget about playing tests. India needs have 2 separate teams - one for tests and one for ODI/T20, with very little or no overlap of players. Pujara can lead the test team. Dhoni is the best captain for ODI/T20. In either team, there should be no room for Sachin, Sehwag or Ishant. You play them only if you want to lose intentionally.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

whoever was shouting Awana , are you guys now satisfied?

Posted by Dhanno on (December 21, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

@ Vacant_mind.. I had to say this over and over. Read the original post again. This time look only at CAP letters.

India is in crapload, people are justifying T20, others are asking Gambhir to be Test captain (the most whining guy to grace the format), while Yuvi might make another comeback in Tests against Aus... So I am pretty happy with the way things are turning out!!

Posted by r0ketman on (December 21, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

@Ravishankar Natarajan: To spearhead any attack, you need to have more than one bowler of the same kind in the team. We can say Stein spearheads the SA attack that includes Morkel, Tsotsobe, Philander, Kallis. Who was Kapil spearheading? Anyone else worth mentioning? And he was far from feared as a pace bowler, accurate maybe, but not feared with his gentle pace bowling. His career averages are no where near any of the fast bowlers of the past who were considered great. @Bruisers : I was not hiding mate, I was posting all over cricinfo when BD thrashed WI in the ODI series two weeks ago. Strangely, I did not see any posting from you or other Indian fans on those forums, seemed like you guys went in to hiding!:-P I did not question why India lost, win or loss is part of game. I was questioning the trash talking by some Indian fans, and the funny comment that India has a talented pace battery hidden somewhere! Is that energizer or Duracel battery we are talking about?:-)

Posted by wakaPAK on (December 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Congrats India! that was good @andrew27994 agreed! India can have that luxury because of so much talent in batting department and that would at least bring more faces to the International stage and they could then replace the seniors who won't leave their places. Having said that Indians should know that T20s and ODIs can bring more enthusiasm but the real thing where people and sportsmen are tested is Test match where there are no flat pitches, no hiding from good bowlers, bowlers do not win by just missing the ball... focus should be on test matches.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

really please leave out gambir,kohli,rahane,manoj tiwary,umesh yadav from t20's how can u say for example gambir have to score @130 sr in t20 and should last atleast 2 sessions in test match it creates mental imbalance rather than damaging skills (it may also to some extent) please after these humiliations india should take hard decision

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Forget about the test matches...

Posted by andrew27994 on (December 21, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

As an Indian supporter, I am begging the selectors never to pick Kohli, Rahane or Gambhir in the T20 team unless if its a World Cup match. These guys will continue to struggle in Test matches if they continue to play all 3 formats. Aside from Sehwag , Dhoni and the bowlers, no one else in the team should play in all 3 formats. We need to improve our bench strength for each format, so selection of players in the team must be based on their speciality. Only then will India be successful in Tests. Sri Lanka is facing the same problem too and for the very same reason.

Posted by Vipins on (December 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

England won the test series that was a fantastic performance from this english side and their spirits are high...and it was worst test defeat on home soil....all true...but this england side cant boast about being unbeatable like WI and AUS used to be in the past....that much ability is not seen in them....

Posted by Hammond on (December 21, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4- if that is the case don't expect anyone in the UK to care anymore than they did the last time. I don't think anyone even remembers the fact that ENgland whitewashed Pakistan in the UAE in odi's either. Small things just don't get noticed on the cricket radar.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (December 21, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Looks like another whitewash is on the cards for Eng in the t20s and ODIs like the last 5-0 sweep in India.....

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (December 21, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@ Shan156, I didn't say India is in good form. And I would definitely not say after watching recent test series.India has very very long way to go being in kind of transition. First of all I don't really enjoy T20 as much as I do ODIs and Tests. All I said is just by being indifferent to test format doesn't make India bad in other formats too. India didn't make to semi-finals in T20 WC because this is T20 and anything can happen. All teams have equal chances to win. I agree ENG performed well against Indian spinners. But I would like to see ENG playing against Pak who has really good spinners. In my point of view India with their current approach is unfit for test matches.

Posted by balajit on (December 21, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Good victory! Hope in the next match rayudu & bhuneshwar kumar are tried out! they are good players who atleast should be tried against this England side without their star players like KP, Anderson,swann etc..

Only illogical selection seem to be piyush chawla. Anyways any victory is good! Hope the team continues to play well carry the confidence into Pakistan series

Posted by rocket_boy on (December 21, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

now who is a bad loser? trust me if England win the next t20 match, their fans will shout from their rooftops how India can't beat England in t20 even..suddenly the same useless t20 cricket will become a source of pride for them. And for all the respect and love I have for test cricket, had we had the t20 format since the beginning of cricket, cricket would have been a truly global sport instead of a competition between 10 countries

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Rahane should realize that he cannot afford to throw his wicket. He the said he wanted to have " fun".

Posted by Selassie-I on (December 21, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Some slack bowling seen there, we really should have bowled better, overs 10-15 were poor as well, about 24/3 during that period. You would expect India to win the t20s, if we can win the other then i'm happy.

We also don't have our best t20 batsman and bowler, and the English fans will happily take a pasting in the limited overs matches in exchange for a test series win.... India do have a certain Alastair Cook to contend with in the ODIs though, he's been in pretty good form in ODI for the last 18 months.

Posted by bobmartin on (December 21, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Congratulations to India for winning one of the most insignificant cricket matches of all time, although I have no doubt that considering the thumping you recently suffered at real cricket, you will no doubt find the result a prestigious victory.

Posted by andrew27994 on (December 21, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

England might be playing an inexperienced team but even this team looks better than our Indian T20 team because they have players suited to this format of the game. I don't know what the BCCI is thinking by retaining players like Gambhir, Rahane and Kohli for T20s when they should be focussing on the longer formats.

Players like Yusuf Pathan, Karthik, Rayudu and Uthappa should be playing this format instead.

The real reason India won this match is because England weren't playing their best bowling attack. They lacked a bowler with experience like Broad who could've made a difference. I know that he is not at his best form but mark my words, he could easily play himself back into form by playing T20s.

But I'm not taking credit from Yuvraj for the impact he had in this match. He is undoubtedly the most feared Indian cricketer in the shorter formats for the England team.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 21, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Had India lost, these people would have said, ha can't even win in the t20 format, since we won, now u people come up and say ha just a t20, ofcourse just a t20, just respect the fact that we are dealing with 3 formats now, test is the pinnacle, we were no.1 18months ago, now we are in shambles, agreed, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't win these t20's, i am personally looking forward to some 50 over cricket now!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

T20 is a wonderful format. It give the likes of Yuvraj and Raina, who are not good enough to play test cricket a chance to play a little game at international level. Just as the IPL give all of the Old timers a chance to show a little of what they used to able to do without the worry of having to play any tough cricket or risk injury. For me though I prefer to watch the real thing.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Wow, the extra scored 17 runs for India. You can tell from here how poor the bowling was for ENG.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@spiritwithin I agree with you completely all formats are important and this loss hurts like any other .

When Hales and Wright were going strongly I thought we were in for a huge total but it did not happen . We were 20 runs short in the batting and then gave 14 extras away which s too high.

Posted by Ranjan2012 on (December 21, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Test Match cricket has been given the pedestial of the "ultimate test of cricketing skills" , by the cricket pundits ,professionals.The overwhelming view on this matter is "T20 , one day cricket , do not test the cricketing skills like a 5 day test match".There are other aspect on this subject , which are always ignored ,some times intentionaly.It is a cli...che to think & believe that , the limited format doesnot require the skill , it requires an entirely different form of skill.The same ability of a batsman to make the maximum run , the ability of a bowler to contain & take maximum wicket , the ability of a fielder to conced the minimum run are tested within a compressed format , the expectation is more taxing compared to a 5 day format.The proof lies in the fixture of one day matches, have we ever observed 5 continous one day matches? Never! Indians love their cricket , it is difficult for an average Indian to spend 5 days/40 hrs in a cricket stadium,watching a match which may/

Posted by The_Velvet_Underpants on (December 21, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Congratulations India: After the 4 match warm up series over the past month you have now shown true dedication and skill to take an unassailable lead in the true measure of cricketing prowess!

Posted by WarwickshireBlue on (December 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

I wouldn't care if England lost every 20/20 match and every ODI. We could hand back that tinpot trophy we won in 2010 for all I care. Test cricket is the only thing that matters to me. Indian fans love Disney cricket, England fans love Test cricket. Everyone's happy! You can tell that the England management don't give 20/20 much priority from the team selected. They achieved what they came for - to hammer India in the Test series. BCCI will kill Test cricket and eventually cricket in general when people tire of the low-brow form of the game.

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 21, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

@jhaunton..>>India beat an England team in the format they care about least>> will ya stop giving excuses dude,the way england players and media celebrated after their win in 2010 T20WC its funny whenever eng lose in T20 their fan utter these words..all the team cares about all the format irrespective of wins or loss...try to appreciate other teams

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 21, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

@Naeem578..what d u meant by ''YOU REALY HAVE "DEFEATED" ENGLAND AT LAST!"??it seems u already forgot that eng lost the 1st tests as well as the last T20WC against india and before that their 5-0 defeat in ODI's...short term memory to sound cool eh??

Posted by creekeetman on (December 21, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

"England will sorely miss Pietersen in this format."

No they would not. England could care less about a meaningless 20/20, besides it presents an opportunity for a young batsman to get a run. What really matters is test cricket, and the fact that india were soundly beaten in their own back yard after 28 years. England's mission was accomplished, good attempt by India's cricket team, fans, and especially dhoni to act like it doesnt matter.... but you're not fooling anyone.

Posted by anver777 on (December 21, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Yuvi was in a punishing mood & was timing the shots superbly..... at times i felt he might repeat that 6 sixes feat against the same opponent.... anyway it was good booster for IND !!!!!

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

t20 cricket is a game of doesnt prove anything..india need a change in captaincy.t20 captain should be virat,, odi dhoni and test gambhir..

Posted by shaantanu on (December 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

winning a T20 match is no big win the game and the very next day people will forget about it.......but what will linger on is the humiliation in the test series.its about time india start planning for the future as far as test matches are concerned.....n it shud start with dropping tendulkar

Posted by jhaunton on (December 21, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

India beat an England team in the format they care about least and without Peterson, Swan, Broad or Finn due to the efforts of one player. So no problems at all then...

Posted by Kulaputra on (December 21, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

When we are winning T20's and ODIs, test cricket is irrelevant. Children had to be brought from schools to the stadium to fill the stands at Nagpur. However, when I went to buy tickets for T 20, I could not get them. Thus, T20 and ODI is real cricket. If Australia, South africa and England want to struggle for 5 days, it is their call. India, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Of course the West Indies are all made for T20.

Long live T20. RIP Test Cricket

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 21, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

@Dhanno on (December 20 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) I do not normally comment on schoolboy cricket. But I will make an exception here for you @Dhanno with your "extrapolation" and "India comfortably beat". Hysterical. If India are so great - why didn't they beat England in test match series LAST WEEK? You go on believing your "extrapolation" @Dhanno - anything that keep you happy.

Posted by baskar_guha on (December 21, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Good to see the Indian team win something. Sometimes losses from one format can carry over to the next.

Posted by ste13 on (December 21, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

I do not agree with this English approach of sending a second string team. They should have kept Pietersen, who enjoys T20 format. But selecting Dernbasch, who is useless is a disgrace. I have a feeling that India has not really ignored test series, they were just inferior in terms of quality of the team. Why then England constantly ignoring T20 and rest key players? This is also part of international cricket.

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan on (December 21, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

India is a good limited over team, no doubt about it, in the test we are clearly struggling...but I think we will become better. Every country has a format of choice, they seem to prefer the format they win (No-body was complaining about how bad T-20 is when England won the world cup). And not only England, but every country bloods its youngsters through T-20 eg. Dinda, Awaana and Rahane. Its just that ours are a little more adept at it and more well known on paper. T-20 is very different from Tests, but good cricket still needs to be played. India were good today and they won, Congratulations to them, and good luck to both of them for the next one.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Well done. This is the format where India very much comfortable. But how we forget the test result as regularly we showed poor performance in said arena. It's great same for TEAM INDIA. I don't understand how they digest their defeat at own soil.

Posted by crotisn on (December 21, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Well playedis india! India should perform well in t20 atleast they going to play pakistan next and we need atleast some sort of competition because there is no Misbah in t20s to help india

Posted by S2A2 on (December 21, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Congratulations Team India! They shud try Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Piyush Chawla in the next match.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Where is Irfan?? What he did wrong in test, one day or 20? Why this selection committee avoiding him? Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Irfan need to play in every format (both are all rounders), Bhuvaneswar need more chance to prove his ability.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Yuvi deserves MORE chance than Rohit, in test cricket. But, both Yuvi & Rohit ( if they sort out whatsoever problem/s prevented them from delivering in Tests consistently) can be very much an integral part of the future of Indian cricket, along with guys like Pujara, Kohli, Rahne, & Tiwari. As many have said before, we have greater problems with our "main" bowlers. Yesterday was a classic case. A part-timer was more effective than the regulars.

Ashwin has become an enigma. Cause for a tough decision. Though, I may want to keep Ashwin in the team, ironically, it is for his batting skills; his bowling has no bite! He neither has a stock delivery, nor has he developed anything, which he ( and others ) can say that it is his innovation... like Saqlain's Doosra!

Posted by bhrangi on (December 21, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

@r0ketman : Mate we are not thrashing England.just very small relief and We never said that we have mighty bowling unit, ours is mediocre it is our mighty batting ( sadly not now in test) covered up that. Yeah Pakistan have mighty bowlers but they failed in big stages last time I checked Pakistan never won India in World cup matches. LOL. For that case England never won a world cup and it took 28 years for them to series win. I hope every bowler was/is feared to bowl against Indian batting line up ( may be not in form now in TEST). examples.,., Umar gul , Malinga( WC 2011 and CB series), Akthar ( 2003 WC)

Posted by Sagarneel on (December 21, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

The Indian players proved once again that they are only good at 'entertainment cricket'! I wish they were equally good in Tests as well because that's the form of the game that matters! No matter how well they do in T20s, the root of the problem remains, and may very well be exposed against the Australians when they tour India. If England had Cook, Pietersen and Anderson, the Aussies have Clarke, Hussey and Stark. I, as an Indian, who desperately wants to see India winning Test matches (or atleast putting up a good fight) against meaningful opponents, would really like to see India gearing up for the test series more seriously, rather than being happy and complescent winning a few meaningless T20s.

Posted by sameer_m_siddiqui on (December 21, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Well India won convincingly this time. Few questionable tactics though. Captain seems to have very less faith in the new ball bowlers Dinda and Awana. Why else did he remove them from the attack after just 1 over a piece. Yes they got hammered in their respective first overs. But they should have been given a second over to come back. An important thing abt ashwin. Can someone tell him to bowl an offstump/outside offstump line. He is too middle/leg stumpish for an off spinner.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 21, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Nothing to jump around and celebrate. Winning 100 T20s is not equal to winning an away Test match. So jadeja who i thought is not good for shorter formats is back again. Long live IPL.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 21, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

@Htc-Android: you mean like how we beat you many times with our 'B' team? don't ask me when, we have won many times without Tendulkar, Yuvraj and Zaheer!!

Posted by Bruisers on (December 21, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

r0ketman suddenly comes out of his hiding every time Indian team loses a series.. What do you expect, India to win every single match that is ever played? Come on, I mean, cricket is just a competitive sport in which teams win and lose. What's the fuss all about if India loses a couple of Tests? Cricket wouldn't be worth watching if a particular team goes on to win every single match. Leave the hatredness and enjoy the sport.. Also try to reduce the excessive usage of exclamatory marks and double inverted commas :P

Posted by nilb on (December 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Indian batsmen can wave there bat's in flat tracks only for a short number of balls. Well played!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Yuvi shown his specialty in T-20

Posted by fastrack10 on (December 21, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

guys y r u all so very negative about our team??yes it hurts when they fail, yes it hurts when they loss so badly, but we being earnest supporter i think thats the time to stand up be positive & be with the team..rather than push them even more behind with these hursh words. yes, criticizing is important for growth, but dont u all think media is doing that well enough?? mark my wrods this team will rise again to the top, lets give tham that breathing space..we are praising so much of this english team..but dont we remember england was a very avarage team for so many years. its now that they have become force to reckon with.atlest we were unbeaten @ home for 8years, let alone england i doubt if any other team can claim that in last dacade. i wish we all stand behind the team in their hard time & help them riseup stronger than ever before.commn guys, its our team..lets lift them up

Posted by Perfect.Stranger on (December 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

........and then all was well for indian cricket overnight.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Hai r0ketman , I think you forgot one Indian ace- Named Kapil Dev, who has spearheaded the Indian Pace attack during 80's. Don't tell that there is no Fast Bowler in India. Please correct. Ok. More over under his captaincy only India won the world cup in 1984. REMEMBER THAT.

Posted by kir.vas on (December 21, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

@roketman ... Sir you are absolutely right. A small change India has not produced one, a single BOWLER in 80 years of playingCRICKET who was/is "feared" by the opposing batsmen. That is the difference

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Dinda, Awana, Mithun and Shami Ahmed are the future of Indian fast bowling along with Umesh & Aaron. The likes of Vinay, Praveen should also be utilized according to conditions. Dhoni, should develop a keen eye for talent and back them irrespective of the outcome at their early stage of debut. Likewise, in the spin department, we need bowlers who can turn the ball and not like Chawla or Ashwin, who get overawed by the opponents and tend to loose their thinking abilities.

Posted by TheOrestes on (December 21, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

We won one T20 & the humiliation & changes that are MUST in the test team & mindset are GONE!

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (December 21, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Ahh.....good to be back to winning ways again.

Dropping Sehwag was the best thing India did. Rahane is a way better fielder and batsman.

All in all, a comprehensive and all round victory. England will sorely miss Pietersen in this format.

Posted by arvin on (December 21, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

so india wins one non-consequential pajama cricket game and indian fans are back to their normal chest thumping claiming to be world champions...

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 21, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Well . . some aweful captaincy from E.Morgan. Keeping squre leg up in the circle when bowler is wavered n short,field placings were horrible, especially giving an over to mediocre left arm Briggs when Yuvraj batting was fatal. To me Yuvraj was the difference from both sides otherwise mediocre display from both the teams. But hey . . . indian fans are over the moon again by beating a third string England team in a T20 :-) YOU REALY HAVE "DEFEATED" ENGLAND AT LAST!

Posted by disco_bob on (December 21, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Hurrah! India have finally put the pain of the 8-0 series loss and recent 2-1 reverse at home to win a magnificent T20 game, which is what really matters.

Dhoni: "I am wery wery happy, at this historic wictory. I was genuinely vorried dot Test crrricket vas affecting our ability to rise to our full potential in the form that rrreally matters."

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 21, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

well you would think so england are the worst t20 nation in world cricket ie have the least talent hence players like trott and compton get into their test team

Posted by rajeshyrk on (December 21, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

"Ajinkya Rahane, a near-permanent fixture on the India bench" - that was awesome and hillarious :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

This match came out as Yuvraj V/S England

Posted by niteshpanchal on (December 21, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

That's how people forget easily about past failures & selectors carry on with the same team all the times... if India will win ODI & Y20 series, selectors will think they are on top of everyone but reality is far from that. Dhoni, Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Kohli they are not the same great anymore.. After winning T20 worldcup in 2007 Dhoni is more defensive with his own game to keep his place secure by scoring runs at slow rate. India really need three different skippers in 3 different formats.. Cricket has changed a lot.

Posted by Biophysicist on (December 21, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

@Nish_US: Pujara led the India A team that went to West Indies earlier. However, I would say that he (or Kohli) should be made vice-captain first (may be under Gambhir and then made captain after another 2 or 3 years. However, we first need to drop Tendulkar in addition to Zaheer, Haribhajan and Yuvraj from the test team. We may also have to consider dropping Sehwag if his performances don't improve in the next couple of series. Replacements for Tendulkar and Sehwag could be from Rahane, Tiwary and Rohit Sharma.

Posted by JustIPL on (December 21, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Yuvraj was the lone difference and without him it would have been another loss regardless of the format of the game. England have T20 specific lineup. Indian batsmen had to be careful during the chase and minor hiccup would have had paramount impact. England came out attacking but lost momentum. They will come aback hard for sure as they are highly professional side. On the other hand indian bowlers apart from Yuvraj failed to impress and batsmen remained under pressure.

Posted by AnujitKM on (December 21, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

I wrote Hammond's comment that this T20 win is something simple for Indian fans to cheer about. With all due respect to him, I wish to point out that I am Indian, a cricket fan, and really want to see the test team doing well. I am sporting enough to recognize the good work done by England, Australia and South Africa, and I understand (even appreciate, though with heavy heart) when they defeat India in test cricket. I am sure I am not alone. There must be millions of such cricket fans in India. It is not accurate to bracket all Indian fans as the same. It is not accurate to conclude that Indian fans can only cheer an Indian win in T20. It is a vast population, there are many kind of cricket fans. I do not think one kind can claim to be representative of 'Indian fan' - if something like that exists.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

How funny these England fans behaving like they are not bothering about T20, some 3 or 4 months back when England won the T20 in India after the ODI whitewash, you could have seen the England fans comment it is like hey we won attitude shown. Now they are not bothering about t20 really !! LOL. By the way This is not big game but there is something to cheer about for Indian fans. Considering the test it will take years for us to cheer about.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Those who make snap assessment about THIS Indian team, pl remember: It is without 8 of the greats from the recent past. 1. Kumble 2. Ganguly 3. Dravid 4.VVS 5. Bhajji 6. Zaheer 7. Sachin 8. Sehwag. (A formidable list of players MIA). Those who make comments about the transition process may also keep that in mind. Of course, all eight of them had completed their great contributions and deserve the retirement. Thank you eight greats. Bye, bye!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

A hollow win . Let Dhoni not hail this performance as anything great . After all , T20 is a game of cricket meant for the non purists. I'll be happy only when India show their ability in Test cricket , which can happen only when the nonperformers are replaced by promising ones.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (December 21, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

Yes yurag singh good alround performance helped india for a nice comfortable win BUT DHONI LEADERSHIP WAS EXCELLENT IN THIS MATCH. He has used his assets in a nice way to contain england at a fighting total which in the end proved a bit low as indian batsman crosses the line comfortably showing potential of chasing 180 plus.congratulations to msd men and india for the first t-20 win this should alert PAKISTAN WHICH IS THE NEXT TEAM FACING DHONI MEN VERY SHORTLY. ENGLAN NEW LEGS WORKED NICELY WITH A LITTLE MORE LUCK THEY CAN WIN THE 2ND T-20 MATCH.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

Yuvi should be the T20 Captain i think He and Raina is perfect player in T20 Format.Bad thing is that Dhoni Do not deserve for T20 squad but he is the captain of our T20 team,really disgusting.

Posted by mtalhas on (December 21, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

@ Al_Bundy1 your comments are the best on this page. i respect your emotions and your dreams :) the problem with your pace and even spin batteries is that they drain out quickly and are not rechargeable neither replaceable :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

yes,go on playing t-20's and winning them...who cares about test cricket?it's very unfortunate that our team has become a joke in the test arena...

Posted by Hammond on (December 21, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

I really hope India do really well in these limited overs matches. No-one will remember them in a month, neither the matches nor the series result, but at least it will will keep the Indian fans happy.

Posted by balajik1968 on (December 21, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

Well done India, but this does not mean that the issues are swept under the carpet. In the last 5 years or so, the Indian selectors did well while selecting LOI teams, rotating the players, while keeping a core. It is in the test arena that the selectors screwed up big time, not taking hard decisions at the right time, not having a plan for rebuilding.To just give an example,the way the fast medium bowlers have been treated in India is ridiculous. Look at the number of bowlers India have used: Zaheer, Ishant, Praveen, Unadkat, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun. On the whole the selectors have done a bad job with the Test team, which was masked by some tremendous performances by Sachin, Rahul, Laxman and Zaheer. Two are gone, the other two have run out of steam. Where the hell is the method. For those who keep saying Tendulkar was always useless, do not know cricket.

Posted by a_g_ind on (December 21, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

good to see the english fans regain their sense of humor after 28 years! enjoy it before you lose it for another 3 decades!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 21, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

baghels.a- You are probably right, the high pitched screaming at the T20 reminds me of the atmosphere at football matches (when kids get in cheap). I forget sometimes that cricket is the only real sporting event supported in India and T20 is the nearest to an all action short format whereas in England/Aus/NZ/SA you have football, rugby, Aussie rules, tennis, athletics.....If they want to class T20 as the real deal that is fine by me. Happy christmas

Posted by Yousufahmedl on (December 21, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

@samincolumbia, if this game went on for over 20 overs, I could have been rolling on the floor laughing after seeing India's butter fingers coming to light. India is in the stone age by refusing DRS.

Posted by Meety on (December 21, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

All is well in Indian cricket. They have gotten REVENGE!

Posted by Yousufahmedl on (December 21, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

@samincolumbia, just celebrate briefly cos you wont win from here for a long time. As usual you all can only win on flat tracks and of course when the boundaries are short. India as usual is always overrated and getting hidden non stop.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 21, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

"Yuvraj Singh's decade-long attempt to secure a permanent spot in the Test team may have been thwarted once again this month," : Why would Sid Ravindran say that ?

Yuvraj is the future of indian test team, he was the future test team 10 years ago, he is the future at present and he will be the future in the future. Come 2016, we will be still giving Yuvi a chance in test cricket.

The future of Indian test cricket is indeed bleak.

Posted by Punjami on (December 21, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

A soothing balm for the wounds caused by TEST. But the inexperience of the English team also contributed to India's win-not to take anything away from India's win. Yuvi was not hitting the bowlers but the selectors who dropped him for the final test. Give Bhuvanewsh a chance in the next T20 or at least in the 50's.

Posted by RM.Ramasamy on (December 21, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Well done boys! Congratulation!!. You guys did good job in the first T20 match against England after the long break from World Cup T20. Keep it up your hard work for the forth coming matches.

Posted by xcal519 on (December 21, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

They should try Pankaj Singh as well...and other fast bowlers along with Dinda

Posted by r0ketman on (December 21, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Interesting to see Indian fans still talking trash to English fans even after losing a series both at home and in England rather embarrassingly! India was far more overrated when they were ranked number 1, they lost straight 4-0 in both England and Australia, and the fresh thrashing at home! And Indian "Pace Battery" comparable to WI in the 70s and 80s and Pakistan in the 90's? LOL!!! India has not produced one, a single pace bowler in 80 years of playing test cricket who was/is "feared" by the opposing batsmen. Not one!! Show me one who can compare in speed, accuracy and averages of Akram, Yunis, ambrose, croft, garner, holding, marshall before claiming there is a "battery" of pace bowlers hidden somewhere in India that no one else knows about!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

England Batting: A Hale of boundaries and sixes. Wright didn't do anything wrong & added to the big bash. But, then the fizz went off, like an half empty can of ale, in the middle. Finally Buttler attempted to shut the door with a bang to prevent the enemy barging in. (That is a butler's job, no? And, he did it very well). Not bad at all. Not bad. Had they prevented the fizz going off in the middle, may be the score would have been around 180. Then the match would have gone to the wire.But, then one has to give credit to Yuvi, for that. Don't we? With some grace.

Posted by cricfan_aus on (December 21, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

Chawla should not be in the T20 team for the 2nd match, rather to go with rohit. Gives a better chance in the field and a slow bowler who can atleast put 10 runs on the board if needed.

Posted by subbass on (December 21, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Nonsense to say England were 100% beaten by India, moreso they beat themselves They were in a good position at 89/1 after 10. To score just 59 more with all those wickets in hand was shooting yourself in the foot big style. I guess the Indians bowled ok but 80% of it was self destruction. Ahh well it was essentially a B team so perhaps I ought not be too harsh on them. besides, I'd have taken losing every single LOI for the Test series win. Who knows though perhaps we can square the series in Mumbai but India rightly warm favourites of course mas they are a very good ODI side in their own conditions.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (December 20, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

@Ravi India dont care about tests but they wont denounce the number 1 title! :p

@Nampally, different game mate, keep up.

Said going into this Eng were a bat light, bowling was poor too though. Buttler was gud though. Well played India, genuinely enjoyed Yuvi back close to his old self too, top bloke.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

We definitely need a new team and captain for test cricket

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

@Nampally on (December 20 2012, 21:59 PM GMT), interesting that when Indian batsmen get caught on the boundary it's because of their reckless attitude while when the same thing happens to English batsmen is there limitations ruthlessly exposed. Funny the we can interpret basically the same thing in two completely different ways to suit our bias. It's also funny that you can make it an accusation that England were "carried" by 5 players, although you seem to have forgotten Prior's contributions. That's rather better than India who had one good player for the series.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Well played India. Too strong. I think that the major difference, although not the only one, was that England lost a bunch of wickets together and had to rebuild with 2 new batsmen while India managed to keep a partnership going pretty much through their whole innings. Lumb's slow start pretty much negated Hales' excellent start but he did the right thing by hitting out or getting out. England were looking good while Hales and Wright were going but fell in a hole after Morgan went. Good to see Buttler showing signs of fulfilling his potential. That score was always going to be hard to defend but England's wayward bowling didn't help matters. So many wides will always be a problem. Will Dernbach get another game? Will Briggs? I haven't really seen either play but, from what I've read, I thought that England might prefer Simon Kerrigan over Briggs for T20 at least and maybe ODI too. Patel wasn't bad but, again, if he's not going to bowl then I think I'd rather see Bairstow playing.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 20, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

@ hvijay.1985, Point taken but it does give English fans something to cheer too as their young batting talent demonstrates it's skills on the world stage. Well Played India though.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (December 20, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Before India count their chickens, we have been here before. England, 1 0 down and outplayed, head to Mumbai looking to square the series.........

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 20, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

@ Shan156 on (December 20 2012, 16:50 PM GMT) "They are up against some of the best players of spin."

Best players of spin you say? By recent standards for India you cannot use the superlative 'best', but they were up against some champion bowling from the 'Spin Twins'. Do you see them in this series? Nope. It's OK, You can breath again. :)

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

If we keep perennial non-performers like Tendulkar, Sehwag, and Ishant Sharma away from the Indian team - we are going to win 80% of the time. In addition to Awana and Dinda, India should try other fast bowlers like B Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, etc. We have enough talented fast bowlers to form a pace battery, like West Indies used to have in the 70s and 80s, and like Pakistan had in the 90s.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

@Ravi Kiran ok were should we send it ?

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (December 20, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge: Yes, an experienced Indian side with two bowlers making their debuts. And a win by 5 wickets with 13 balls remaining -- "down to the wire".

Posted by Nish_US on (December 20, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

Three formats - three teams and three captains is the way to go.. with the amount of cricket being played

Raina/yuvi can captain the T-20 side Dhoni can be the ODI captain

Test captain - Does pujara has any experience leading a side... or someone with a stable place in the test side

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

if England fans say they don't care about t20, they should give back their 2010 t20 wc back to icc.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

India is in their element. Put on a T20 or the IPL and they are cock-a-hoop. But when the Test matches come India are paper tigers!

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 20, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

@hillhumper- The Indian fans self delusion bubble burst after the english fans (yourself included) bubble burst when SA gave them a hiding in their own backyard and rightfully claimed the #1 title from the over rated England team.

Posted by Nampally on (December 20, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

England playing without Cook,KP, Swann & Anderson are just an assembly of good players. These 4 + Panesar carried England to Test series win. The limitations of England were so severely exposed in this match that it is only Indian batsmen's reckless attitude that England got 5 wkts. in today's match. Of course Indian bowling is always weak. Yuvraj & Jadeja are likely to be the wkt. Takers & Ashwin who is supposed to control runs, could not even do that today Bresnan was hit for 6 over the long on boundary by Rahane twice showing how easy the England bowling was. Meaker was the only stand out bowler. Rest of the England bowling was no better than Indian bowlers. Dhoni took a huge risk by going with 5 specialist bowlers + Yuvraj. It was All rounder Yuvraj who bowled better than specialist bowlers showing up the weak bowling. Whilst Dhoni got away with yet another unbalanced XI, he needs an extra batsman in the next T 20. Rahane, Raina, Kohli & Jadeja were outstanding in the field.

Posted by Hammond on (December 20, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Good on India. Something simple for Indian fans to cheer about.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 20, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

@TontonZolaMoukoko - If the English fans are not too fussed about T20, why are they offering excuses saying that this is their second XI. My reply just stated the obvious that India had comprehensively thrashed their best side in the recently concluded T20 WC. As far as tests vs T20 goes, I am in favor of test results being important (apart from the WC) over these pointless ODI/T20 series, which just exists for the boards to make quick money.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Yuvraj singh is real yuvraj (Prince) of Indian Cricket.

Posted by baghels.a on (December 20, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

@ The- bowlers-Holding, regarding your comment "may be penny has dropped" let me remind you handful of Indian fans posting on this esteemed website are not representitive of millions of Indians who love there T-20 and they shoudn't be made to fill apologetic about loving it. If these Indian fans you refer to had there way IPL would have been stopped long time back but it has not, why because thousands of fans throng to watch these matches in schorching heat of 45 degrees and millions more watch it on TV. I as an proud Indian fan want my team to to do well in all formats without belittling other formats. I want India to do well because cricket is undisputed number one sport of my country and cricketers are darling of masses here not some poor cousins of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrad as it happens in some other country. India should look to dominate and win in all three formats as Tennis legend Roger Fedrer looks to win on all surfaces he compleates in.

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 20, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

whos cares this T-20 ,, All pride has gone in test cricket already,, Indian cricket fan

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

@Dhanno.. way to go from fans.... show the hatreds on BCCI to fix their BUSINESS THEY OWE to fans. Fans be sarcastic as much as possible to bring some kind of quality to test cricket. The country teams played >60% of their T20 team in tests failed badly on tests. Lets keep them keep it under 20% to do good to the name of country BCCI use and to the base of their revenue stream... Hehehe.. they dont have a back bone dudos... Its waste of time watching BCCI's team playing this game. Lets watch when team India plays/participate in the game/tournament etc.... lets boycott BCCI for good.

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

ofcourse yuvi is good but lo the is not enough bowlers from india r worst so england have chances to win as awana bowls bcuz the dont have perfect bowlers like irfan & yoususf pathana with them ...i rest my case ..happy holiday meri cristmas england ..dont panic

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

I was surprised at the ease with which India disposed off England. As expected a younger team provided greater intensity both in batting & fielding but the bowling remained weak. Thanks to Yuvraj for his fine effort both with the ball & bat the win looked rather easy. Indian batsmen once again threw away their wkts. to some reckless shots - Kohli playing rank cross bat. Also Rahane failed to exploit after his first stroke of luck. He played a second wild shot & paid the penalty. When he gets a chance & does not fully capitalize on it, then his place remains temporary!. England took excellent chances on the fence to dismiss both Gambhir & Yuvraj - both heading for 6's. England bowers were poor except for Meaker who was accurate & pacy. He has sound future ahead of him. Awana was disappointing for India.Dhoni had 6 specialist bowlers (4 spinners + 2 seamers ) -using Kohli for one over for 10 runs was strange! Rohit for Chawla or Awana would be a balanced XI selection.Dhoni never learns!

Posted by mikeyp147 on (December 20, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Yawn, 20-20 cricket. Well done, India, you must be so proud. In England we have been playing 20-over matches on a midweek evening for decades - it's nothing more than practice for the proper games on a Saturday.

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

England are number 1 in odi s so how we mediocre? South Africa are mediocre in tests than according to your logic. England are the best in the world in tests regardless of rankings South Africa played a England low on confidence after the Pakistan tour and the pietersen stuff bubbling under the surface. Play now and I think we ll win can't wait to play you again.

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

@ddlj26 on (December 20 2012, 19:19 PM GMT): Congratlations. Fantastic post. The best in the thread although I fear that its' message will fall upon deaf ears.

Posted by landl47 on (December 20, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Well played, India. England's batting always looked fragile and although Hales and Wright gave them a good start, once they were out and Morgan went cheaply England were never going to make enough runs. Hales looked good and Buttler had a good last over, even though it was too late. India's bowlers struggled early (has any side ever used 7 different bowlers in the fist 9 overs before?), but Yuvraj got the key wickets and lifted the other bowlers. India paced their chase very well and were never in trouble. I have to wonder why England persist with Lumb and Dernbach, who just aren't good enough at international level. Hopefully Root and Harris will play in the second match; they might not do any better, but at least they are young and it will be good experience.

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

It really explains why three different formats are necessary. They can accomodate lesser teams. Infact associate countries should become T20/ODI playing nations if not test playing nations. It will really develop the shorter formats of the game. Entertainment in shorter time.

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

@simincolumbia Yes and 12 months ago the only match the England won in India was the T20. Let's just say that both England and India have struggled with the format internationally, but then T20 was never envisioned as a standard format for internationals: it's meant to be fun... honest and that's reflected in how few T20 internationals are played. I'd rather England won than lost, but I am not going to die of shame if we do lose. You may have noticed that every single member of the XI from the 4th Test has gone home. No KP, no Steve Finn, no Graeme Swann, but plenty of players gaining useful experience because some of them may be playing Test cricket in a year or 18 months and the selectors need to find out what they are made of.

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

Dhanno on (December 20 2012, 19:09 PM GMT) I did read it again just after I posted and realised I had fell into the trap like the fool I am :) Re: most asine post it obviously wouldn't be as Gsingh7 and RandyOz/Jonesy2 have posted several hundred more asinine posts previously.

Posted by AshG77 on (December 20, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

People have short term memories and India is a team which is full of drama. Wonder who thinks that T20 is serious cricket. It is just an excuse to not go to a masala movie. India is still nobody in T20 after their performance in recent T20 worldcup and the champions league even after the IPL hoopla. The team fails because of obese and old players who have absolutely no talent except a very few, corruption, politics and greed. People will still watch the games and rejoice every win even after the team continues to fail in all formats of the game.

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

Front-Foot-Lunge - In this T20, An English team comprising youngsters who are just starting Their international careers push an experienced Indian team to the wire !!! SERIOUSLY ?? did u really watch the match ? how on earth did it go to the wire?? if so then pls enlighten me

Posted by kumarsSansai on (December 20, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

@Feroz9700 Please don't imagine. don't see dreams if Eng would have 200 or 300. accept they scored only 157. imagination can we many types so leave it.

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

@Posted by Dhanno on (December 20 2012, 19:09 PM GMT)... The post was dripping with SARCASM :) but with so many people who such fair weather fans I dont expect The_bowler_holding to look for clues in the your post. Another couple of Limited overs wins and people would forget the test series and start mouthing off on the how the team is awesome.

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

@ Warren Mendes: Thats why it is inferior format. If they and England can dominate then they change they would it say,"T20 is the best thing happened in the history of cricket". Lets wait for a while, there will be a patch of future they will live in the converted stand and then they convert back... like england did when they won the T20 WC :-)

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 20, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

In my opinion T20 is just for fun cricket,but still well played India.England are a high quality T20 side ,so is Pakistan .Playing 4 T20s against both these teams will help Indian T20 side which struggled in last 3 T20 World cups.Although i am not a cricket expert but as a common cricket fan i think ICC should consider arranging tri nation or 4 nation tournaments for ODI and T20 matches .Bilateral series for ODIs and T20s can become boring. Some useless matches are played even after series is decided in pressure of sponsors,as far as i know great Dravid mentioned about this not so long ago.Anyways thanks to @JG2704 ,@Shan156 and other Eng friends for congratulating India.

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

where is Rohit?? He's an effective T20 player from team India. Also he's maintaining good form in Ranji. He's to be in team for 2nd T20.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@Warren Mendes. T20 is indeed AN INFERIOR FORMAT! hence why whenever most countries field a team they try out new players with little international exposure. Also 20/20 has many restrictions and it is all in favour of the batsmen because this is what the asian public want to see. They want to see the same repeated 6s and 4s hit time and time again on batting friendly wickets. 20/20 cricket is actually killing high quality batsmen. Ever wonder why India have done so badly in recent years abroad? its because they turn up thinking they are going to get a nice batting friendly wicket and that they can just close their eyes and slog to cow corner!!! I used to love the Indian team but now my favourites are South Africa. They play the game with dignity! cricinfo please post this.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 20, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

I'm happy that we won. I hope this win doesn't push our problems in the longer format to the back-burner.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Look at the Way India played. It is obvious that all they care about is 20/20. What happened to the poor attitude they had during the tests? All I can say is if all they want to do is play low quality 20/20 cricket on batting friendly wickets then don't bother turning up for proper matches. In my opinion the entire Indian team and their home supporters are to blame for the poor performance during the more important test matches. I think India should have their test status revoked.

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (December 20, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

samincolumbia - The simple fact is that "England-Ireland-SA" fans are simply not that fussed by ODI/T20 cricket. Yes, it's fun to watch and you always want your country to win but it just doesn't matter to us compared with test cricket. I accept the English are in a minority here, but it won't change any time soon.

Posted by RFeynman on (December 20, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

To all the Indian and English fans, Indian team is mediocre in tests and England are mediocre in ODIs and T20s. Unless you are a South African fan, stop boasting how good your respective team is in a particular format. Also, please stop whining on how the missing players, conditions and pretty much everything except lack of cricketing talent is the reason for the respective team's loss in the given format. Good teams win matches consistently regardless of the format. Period.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 20, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Its amazing how chopsy some indian fans can get. Yep all is right with the world cause you won one game. Good luck with the self delusion

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 20, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Firstly as an Indian Supporter let me point out that T20 is anybody's game... the game can virtually be decided in about 2-3 overs like during yuvraj bowling spell and his batting during the middle... Yes it does require skill, dont get me wrong to play T20... but the real cricket lies in playing test cricket for 5 days of immense pressure and patience... India as a cricketing nation will never get to see growth test cricket unless we start developing firstly good test bowlers and nextly patient test batsmen... Being satisfied with a T20 win will neither help the young indian cricketers nor the captain of this indian team, for all of Dhoni's achievements as a captain i think for him to be considered a good captain firstly he has to show the will to improve indian cricket in terms of nurturing test talent like his former captain Ganguly did... Please Dhoni wake up and smell the coffee and stop being satisfied with T20 and ODI wins!!!

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (December 20, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

india should have rested their star players and given opportunity to the youngsters. england have done this so then why not india?

Posted by kc69 on (December 20, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Let me tell all my sri lankan friends that India and Sri Lanka are very similar sides(matter of fact all subcontinental teams are similar in one way or another).Surprise outcomes in every match and Heaviy dependent on a few senior stars.Even the emotional fans are same as well.Don't know why but head on India always manages to beat Sri Lanka.I guess even without Dilshan,Sanga and Mahela your test side will face the same fate(or probably worse) as Indian team did.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

@a_g_ind on (December 20 2012, 18:20 PM GMT): I'm proud of most English inventions but I'm embarrassed by the fact that we were responsible for this nonsense.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (December 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

This match was won by Yuvraj for sure. Took 3 wickets or else England would have scored 200 and then batted like a champion. He was under bowled in the test matches otherwise would have retained his test spot. Indian seamers looked ordinary and especially Awana and wonder how he made it to the test team or even the T20 team.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 20, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Well played India. Not so good England. Meaker and Dernbach gave India a 0.5 run per over boost apart from the extra over with so many wides. Jade Dernbach has a big reputation, but he has looked out of his depth in the sub-continent and maybe it is time to look elsewhere. The lack of discipline in the attack was very annoying. Hales, Wright, Samit and Buttler did well with the bat. There was enough to suggest that England can win the second match. Even if they don't, it is excellent experience against some of the best T20 players in the world.

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

@bowlers holding. Try reading my post again and this time focus on the CAP letters only :).

And seriously, even if I was serious, you cant seriously think that was the most asinine post ever in the serious history of this world.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

here you go india is back to it's normal. IPL forever.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 20, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

For the England-Ireland-SA fans complaining about their second XI, the last time their first XI played against India in the T20 WC, they were handed the BIGGEST defeat in their T20 history!!

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

@Chaitanya Choudary on (December 20 2012, 16:52 PM GMT) Indeed. All is well with Indian cricket after all.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Very much a rookie England team who gained valuable experience today. I note that India chose to play several big guns in this match. That is a compliment to the England boys, but, even so, I think there is room for improvement. Perhaps on Saturday we'll see what they've learned - that is the real interest in this small dessert after the main course of the Tests. Dohni is good with the coin, isn't he? Happy Christmas, everyone:-)

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Congrats India . Re the game , I'm not so disappointed we lost or that we scored 157 but after the start we made I hoped for more.I was extremely disappointed with Lumb who I do rate but when a player is batting like that you want him to get out even as an Eng fan. Surprised Jonny didn't play and also I wonder why Patel didn't get a bowl. I also would (despite his disastrous over) have opened with Briggs. I said before the game that Swann would be a huge loss (IMO bigger than KP) and I felt we missed his experience. Well played Hales,Wright and Jos with bat. Tredwell bowled ok too and Meaker by and large. I'm seeing Dernbach as the T20 version of Bell and as Shan156 the wides count is unacceptable in this format esp the legside deliveries.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 20, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

What there a test match being played? Nope, that's all over, and the real, best, form of the game was comprehensively won by England. In this T20, An English team comprising youngsters who are just starting Their international careers push an experienced Indian team to the wire. Players like Buttler and Hales will be playing test cricket 10 years from now, and have a promising future ahead of them. England's subs bench is almost full, looks like more space has just been made available on it.

Posted by paulboizot on (December 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

This was not, as some have suggested, England's 2nd eleven. True, they are missing Broad and Finn through injury, and Swann and Pietersen are being rested. But most of the rest played in the T20 world cup, or at least were in the squad. Cook, Trott, Prior and Anderson are not usually selected for T20. It is England's policy to try and develop a T20 squad which has T20 skills, rather than just pick the majority of the test team for T20. They have a young side, some of whom are inexperienced at international level.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Why is T20 being called an "inferior format"? The masters of cricket, the Aussies, have struggled with this format.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

India is good in T20 format, but not in Test cricket............

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

@richardror, you mean the inferior format you guys invented?

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

Dhanno on (December 20 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) That is surely one of the most asinine posts in the history of the world, for me it signifies what is wrong with cricket in India; I watched the match and Gavaskar (the most biased commentator on earth), who I believe has some involvement in selection, stated that the Rahane may be ready to step up to the test team based on his performances in the IPL! Yuvraj was the difference, and winning the toss, and we saw him in the tests- woeful. I do like England to win at anything as is my nature, but a loss at this format is preferable to any other. It is worth noting the amount of Indian posters questioning the importance of T20, maybe the penny has dropped.

Posted by wake_up_india on (December 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

India lost the Test battle in the mind before it lost in the field. If Panesar and Swann had been given the treatment that an ealier generation of Indian batsmen were capable of delivering to foreign spinners, the results would have been very different. Ask Shane Warne. In particular, the aerial shots, the favorites of Tedulkar and Ganguly, were completely missing from this entire series. Panesar and Warne will be cut back to size when they play other South Asian sides. Panesar is not Murali and Swann is not Warne, but the Indian batsmen made them look like that.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 20, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

We need to find a player as good as Yuvraj or Kohli or Raina or Dhoni for our T20 team. More than 1 would make us really strong. Even the new kid, Rahane, who Indian fans talk up as the one who holds India's fortunes in their test batting, along with Pujara, did very well in the shorter format. He impressed in England too.

However, it is the bowling that is really weak. Dernbach is so inconsistent that he should not be selected again. I also think Root should have played ahead of Lumb.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 20, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

well done India, now whitewash the poms and bring the cup home, be ruthless and achieve Ur goals , GO TEAM BLUE, GO DHONI

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Mister Dhoni - For your Information - Yuvraj Singh 26.5 1 94 5 3.50 In the practice match Yuvraj Singh 3 0 12 0 4.00 First test first innings Yuvraj Singh 4 0 17 0 4.25 First test Second innings Yuvraj Singh 3 0 8 0 2.66 Second test first innings Yuvraj Singh 0 0 0 0 0.00 Second test Second innings Yuvraj Singh 3 1 9 0 3.00 Third test first innings Yuvraj Singh 4 0 19 3 4.75 First 20-20

Dhoni can you tell us why you haven't given much chance to Yuvi when ur bowlers were failed to strike. Today after first 20-20 you told yuvi is excellent ............

Posted by Shan156 on (December 20, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@yezdi70, they may have failed in the tests but this is a different format and India are good at LOIs. @kumarcoolbuddy, "ENG has long way to go in all formats.", and India doesn't? If they are so great in T20s, why didn't they make it to the semi-finals of the T20 world cup, leave alone win it? We know England has a long way to go and you will be surprised to know that almost every England fan acknowledges that including yours' truly. And, the fact is, this is *not* England's best T20 team. Not saying that their best XI would have won and no excuses for the defeat - India were superior to England in this game. And, the England board is neither foolish nor indifferent to T20s. They look at these bilateral series as an opportunity to expose more T20 players to the international circuit.

@AvidCricFan, good, sensible comment. You are absolutely correct - the ECB is *not* ignoring it.

Posted by arvind9990 on (December 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

well played team india, today they are played tremendous game. today the real life hero become the hero of the match, its one n only yuvraj singh. he bowed well bated very well in this shorter format of the game. after bad performance in test everyone said that "dhoni is not able to playing in critical moments and now he must left the captaincy for anyone els" despite all are more wit than me but in my remark either he is hero or demigod so please don"t taught him how to play. come on team india one more match do well in next match show the character :)

Posted by richardror on (December 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Good to see India caring too much about the inferior format, playing their best team. England playing a 2nd XI yet India need to get a tiny bit of revenge for the 6-1 test defeats in the last two years...

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

India is a good t20 team but not a test team

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (December 20, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@Htc-Android, haha better luck next time but it was a good try. Do you really think ENG board is so foolish to send incapable players for T20 format? India being so indifferent to Test format doesn't mean that ENG can win anywhere in any format. Buddy, ENG has long way to go in all formats.

Posted by abhyudayj on (December 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@Eddie Bosano-Andrews- England win the test series by defeating second string Indian side,where bowlers are new to test arena and some new batsmen in middle order

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

if cook and co hadplayed this match,then it will be business as usual for them..They wanted to give india a christmas gift.thats why they lost

Posted by classic41 on (December 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

India is definitelya supreme team in one day and T20. No doubts about that. Currently test team is in transition, will be good in the near future.

Posted by VivSingh on (December 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

The Test is the best.....

Posted by Raj1969 on (December 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

This English side can b beaten by ranji trophy team bye..... English folks

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 20, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

T20 is just for entertainment - nth to gain, nth to lose. Move on

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Can some body explain me why there were soo many empty spaces in the stands ???? What has happen to indian fans, desperate about indian cricket????

Posted by NairUSA on (December 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

A good win to boost Team Blue's morale. No doubt. Yuvraj showed that he is still a force to reckon with in the shorter format. However, India could have been better off playing an altogether different eleven consisting of younger players. We want to see what sort of players we have in the pipeline.

Posted by yezdi70 on (December 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

@ Shan156 : Surely after the mauling in the test series you'd expect people would stop saying that the Indians play spin well....surely....

Posted by AvidCricFan on (December 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

@ Dark_Harlequin, T20 is where the money is. If in your opinion ECB is ignoring it, it is making a big mistake. However, I don't believe ECB is ignoring it. Its just that IPL allows Indian players to hone their T20 skills in their home country. Today they outplayed England and most likely will in the second game too. Give these players a little bouncy and seaming track and the results would likely be different. I am an Indian cricket fan and I don't think T20 wins will make all good in the Indian cricket. India simply lacks talent to play the longer format as well as play in non-subcontinent conditions.

Posted by maxymax on (December 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@Dark_Harlequin, you said it! This is the bunch of Indian fans that the BCCI counts and lives on! Yawn…. Please wake me up after this street cricket is over and the real men's Cricket (ODI & Test) starts…

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

This is what I was talking about!! We have no shortage of talent in India. We can win as long as we keep non-performers like Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ishant Sharma out of the team. For that matter, we should have 2 separate teams - one for test, captained by Pujara or Gambhir, and another for ODI and T20 - captained by Dhoni.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 20, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

@Dhanno on (December 20 2012, 16:38 PM):

"... if these teaM performances are extrapolated over 5 days and 450 overs you can see india comfortably beats england in test matches."

Great use of stats. The comment is tongue in cheek, right? I'm afraid that I'm never sure with some Indian posters.

Posted by maxymax on (December 20, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

@Chaitanya Choudary and similar others...India has again proved that they are only good for 20 overs! No surprises here. They will in fact win the other T20 match too. Oh, btw, I'm an Indian & Indian fan.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

finally ........ our guys r back with a hugeeeeeeee momentum...

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@ Dhanno sorry bit slow on the uptake there, sarcasm indeed !!

Posted by jb633 on (December 20, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

India thoroughly deserved the win here. England lost this game with those poor middle overs in our 1st innings. I really can't see why Dernbach is constantly picked as he is too inconsistent. Without KP in the T20 side we are pretty much a bog standard

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

@Dhanno India beats an England 2nd XI in a T20 and suddenly that translates into beating England at Test Cricket. Did you not follow the Test series ?

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

what is difference. sachin and sewag out . raina and youvi in .just see the difference and please stop yelling for a wrong cause

Posted by Edassery on (December 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

@Chaitanya Choudary, there's no doubt that India is a very good T20 side and a decent ODI side at the best - thanks to all that IPL cricket. All criticism were around our test team which is still a pathetic side.

(PS: Not taking away any credit from the folks for today's T20 win)

Posted by Romenevans on (December 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Nope that award goes to Hemang Badami. LOL! What kind of player he was!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

we should not mistake this as a rehabilation.real amends would be made when we win overseas test series in south africa,england & australia

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

Being an Indian, my heart is happy that India won. But my brain is unhappy that this will start an effort to put a lid on an honest introspection, and in taking harsh remedial measures on a larger canvas, for the sake of India cricket's future! What a pity.

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

Congratz to india for beating "England A" team.

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

Summary of English bowling: You can't say Bresnan had ' breast none', he bowled with a lot ofbreast ( heart). Dernbach, never derned bach, even from sledging. Meaker was no meak bowler -- more experience will make Meaker a stronger one. Write wasn't wrong either. But Briggs fell like a pile of bricks. Poor guy -- may even get dropped like a ton of bricks from the next game!

Posted by brusselslion on (December 20, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Congratulations to India on beating the 'England Development team' in the first of the beer matches. Get the round in, Eion!

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (December 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Surely with only being 25, an ok ODI/T20 record and a first class average of over 60, Rohit just deserves a permanent 6/12 month run in all 3 formats to prove his worth in the team....

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@Chaitanya Choudary - Before this match, I thought - India are going to win and their fans are going to take this as a sign that all is well in Indian cricket. Thanks for not disappointing!! oh, and it's not a mistake that the main English players are going home for xmas, England has long seen T20I's as a way of exposing their up and coming players to International cricket, as the result barely matters to the ECB

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Well finally something to cheer about i guess.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Where are all the critics who are talking about the Indian team .for all the people who are saying main English players are not there it is there mistake of going for Christmas .well done yuvraj and dhoni u guys are the best

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

no....its Mohammad Asraful who hold the record......unarguably

Posted by Shan156 on (December 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Well played India. Outplayed England with the ball and in the field. I wouldn't be too critical of some of the England players as it is a new experience for them but what's up with all the wides fellas. 10 wides in a T20 game is criminal. Morgan should have given another chance to Briggs. Yes, Yuvraj was all over him in his first over but after his dismissal, he should have at least got one more chance for redemption. Anyway, good lesson for the youngsters. Hopefully, they do better in the next game. On the positive side, Hales, Wright,and Buttler were very good with the bat, the latter in fact did a very good job behind the wickets. Patel was OK. England really need to improve with the ball. Bresnan, despite taking two wickets, has not impressed at all. Dernbach needs to go. I will give the spinners a little more time. They are up against some of the best players of spin.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

deserved that win......keep up the good work

Posted by Narbavi on (December 20, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Good that Rohit Sharma wasn't preferred, anyway a good win but i would rather celebrate a win in the odi series rather than a one off t20

Posted by Dhanno on (December 20, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

This is Such A supeRlative performanCe from teAm india. baSed on how yuvi bowled / batted and now raina is chasing down the target, they should be shoe-in for australia test series. also if these teaM performances are extrapolated over 5 days and 450 overs you can see india comfortably beats england in test matches. Thank you!

Posted by sunwebsite on (December 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

A win here for MS Dhoni(now 18) to bag most wins (19) as Captain in t20 format. Surpassing GC Smith's 18 win. Click here;class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=batting

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (December 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Rohit hold record for most chances at this level? Nonsense. Have you even heard of Ravi Bopara or mark ramprakash?

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

A fresh English side. Its tough test and it will be such terrific victory if english bowler could defend this score without Swan, Finn and Broad

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

look at the english team.. they have succession plan and providing rest and opportunities to people.. See Indian team almost the same test team.. this is the difference..

Posted by jango_moh on (December 20, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

dhoni will do what dhoni does!!! the selectors need to do what they can do!!! get dhoni out of tests... let him do whatever he wants in odi/t20, but not in tests...

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

Rohit doesn't deserve any further chance. He already holds the world record for the most number of chances being provided to a newcomer to get established in a team.

Posted by SP68 on (December 20, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Rohit is far better than Jadeja. dhoni once again showed his liking to Jadeja

Posted by Prakmca on (December 20, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Jadeja in T20I again? Ridiculous. he can't score fast, nor bowl well.....

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