India v England, 1st ODI, Rajkot January 10, 2013

India aiming to avert slide

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Match facts

January 11, 2013
Start time 1200 (0630 GMT)

Big Picture

There seems to be no bottom to the abyss India are hurtling into. It seems like only yesterday when they had to just turn up, and a home series, Test or ODI, was theirs. Now they have lost a series in each format in succession, to England and Pakistan. It also seems like only yesterday when India whitewashed England 5-0 in successive home bilateral ODI series. If you are gullible enough to bet on a similar result in this five-match ODI series, you might as well wager on a flood in water-scarce Saurashtra in January.

It is supposedly a side in transition but, apart from Ajinkya Rahane, all the batsmen in India's ODI squad have been around for years now. The same cannot be said of their bowling attack, but that has more to do with the continuing injury sagas of their fast bowlers than anything else. And it was the batting that let India down in all three ODIs against Pakistan.

By no means can you call England's pace attack for this series experienced, but they don't lack in either skill or speed. For an India line-up that was exposed by Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, with a collective 15 ODIs between them going into the series last month, England's pace battery led by the impressive Steven Finn will pose an equal, if not a bigger, challenge.

The visitors are looking forward to building towards the Champions Trophy at home later this year and ultimately the World Cup in 2015 but, before that, they have their woeful record in their previous three ODI series in India to correct. One win in 16 games does no self-respecting modern side justice, especially one of England's calibre and meticulous planning. Their new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles had no insignificant role to play when England drew an ODI series here in 2002 and, despite defeats in their two warm-up games this time, he'll sorely want to improve on that finish from a decade ago.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

With Virender Sehwag dropped, Ajinkya Rahane should get to open the India innings along with Gautam Gambhir. The amount of time Rahane's spent on the bench can be gauged from his solitary ODI appearance in all of 2012. Even that came as an afterthought in Sri Lanka after the series had been won. Still, England are a side Rahane must be pretty familiar with. They were the opposition in the first 10 of his 13 ODIs and he's already played a few eye-catching knocks against them, including a 91 in late 2011 in Mohali.

Steven Finn began and ended the Test leg of the ongoing tour with injuries but his lone outing in Kolkata was enough to serve another reminder of his talent, and the unique combination of pace and bounce his gangling frame brings. India have long suffered at the hands of those attributes and, if Finn manages to stay clear of another breakdown, will be put to the test again.

Team news

He may have made a double- and a triple-century in his previous two Ranji Trophy games, but it is unlikely that Cheteshwar Pujara will make his ODI debut in front of his hometown fans in Rajkot. Transition or not, the batting line-up looks far too settled at the moment. With the new ODI rules making it tough to manage with just four frontline bowlers, India could stick to the side that won the final one-dayer against Pakistan.

India (possible) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Shami Ahmed.

With James Tredwell and Finn likely to be the frontline spin and pace choices, England have a couple of fast-bowling places to fill. Jade Dernbach, with his variations, is an important option in India, while Stuart Meaker's extra speed could push him in front of Chris Woakes.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Samit Patel, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 James Tredwell, 9 Stuart Meaker, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn.

Pitch and conditions

The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Khandheri, outside Rajkot, is making its international debut. The city has hosted 11 ODIs at the Madhavrao Scindia ground owned by the municipal corporation. The grounds may be different but if it is Rajkot, indications point to bucket-loads of runs. The Challenger Trophy, India's premier domestic one-day competition, produced five totals of 300-plus in four games at the SCA stadium in late 2012. The most recent fixture here was the Ranji Trophy match between Saurashtra and Madhya Pradesh, a match the hosts needed to win to make the knockouts. Accordingly, a dry, slow, and low pitch was prepared, but don't expect anything of the sort for an ODI.

Winter in Rajkot isn't as unforgiving as it is in north India. Evenings are cool and pleasant, while it gets warm during the day. Nights can turn slightly chilly, but with a noon start, we won't get that far.

Stats and trivia

  • The only time England have beaten India in an ODI series in India was back in 1984-85.

  • The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on the outskirts of Rajkot will become India's 41st ODI venue.

Quotes

"We'll have to wait and watch. It's not something that's on my mind right now, before the start of an important series. We can't be thinking about that now."
MS Dhoni on giving up the limited-overs captaincy

"Clearly we are the underdogs in this series but, if you look through our side, we have a lot of firepower and world-class players."
Alastair Cook believes his inexperienced side could cause a surprise

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • maidenshazza on January 11, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    I agree with Steve Luckhurst! Test Cricket is indeed the highest form of the game. Atherton v Donald in SA, Dravid and Laxman v Warne & Mcgrath, Dennis Lillee peppering Derek Randall with one bouncer after another in the centenary test 1976/77. These memories will never die. The joy of Test Cricket. May it live forever.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Good luck India, you're up against the young one-day stars of English cricket minus a superstar in Alex Hales. And almost the entire test team. Remember though, your proven established batsmen have always been good closers of 50 over games, and with world cup-winners in the side, you start ahead. England's youngsters: Now is the time to step up and cause the earthquake that would be a One-Day series win in India. Lots of people are saying that they're not following this series, because they've either washed their hands of India after their dismal record against, especially, England in tests. England, we all know, set India up on a plate for any team to take after that famous whitewash series, taking a team of test giants and scything them down to size, destroying their confidence. Since then, ODI Cricket has been India's stalwart of it's national game. The question is how long will that last?

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (January 11 2013, 00:55 AM GMT) "India IS the supreme power in world cricket". Man you sound like a Darlek from Doctor Who "we are the supreme beings..." Give it a rest. India is just another country where cricket is played. It is no more or less important than New Zealand, Bangladesh or Australia. The self-importance conceit and hubris of some Indian continue to astonish me. BTW I have UNITED KINGDOM passport....

  • on January 11, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    India needs batting allrounder who can bowl fast or medium pace...india have irfan pathan,praveen kumar, b.kumar...{medium pacer} ....jadeja,yusuf,ashwin,harbajhan,chawla,yuvraj.......{spinner} from the above names see who has performed in international cricket. Only irfan and yuvraj has performed consistent. praveen,jadeja,chawla has been flopped.jadeja is not performing in many matches but when his time comes of dropping him in the last match of the series he performs and he is retain in the team.......check his records.........{b.kumar will be future p.kumar in the batting department and like irfan in the bowling department}

    world cup is coming closer in australia we need many allrounders....many teams will go with 5-6 allrounders.batting is a worry for any team except aus and sa .....where batsman should be agressive..if u go to defend, the bowlers will trouble you and get you out.............

    beaware india.........

  • dakshinap on January 11, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Again Gambir & Dinda! Today also India going loose.

  • on January 11, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    last chance for Gambhir or youvraj to perform otherwise make chance to youngster, nohit sharma what is he doing in team.... nohit waste of talent

  • Stateside_Steve on January 11, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Another one day series?? India could well win the series, but what is the point? Its just like painkillers after an amputation(having lost the test series).

    India should follow England's lead and field the bench for the series. Kohli, Gambhir and MSD should take a break and come back with full focus for the Aussies.

    --Steve

  • JacobKiran on January 11, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Frnds one doubt,,,is suresh raina given a contract by the board that he will always be a part of the team however bad he plays or even if he is out of form....Even Sehwag gets dropped now a days ,,but raina gng from worse to worse is still in team and also in starting line up.He nly plays well in IPLS,,,same as Rohit Sharma....

  • on January 11, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    If you have selected Pujara, he should be in playing XI. I am sure Dhoni can drop Raina or Jadeja...(Drop Jadeja)If you want to have 5th blower option...i am sure Raina, Youvi and others can do the job... or just drop Ashwin we do not need 8th down to win match with the bat!

  • SherjilIslam on January 11, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: I am sure you have to eat your words after the fifth ODI.I will eagerly looking for your comments here after the last match of the series.

  • maidenshazza on January 11, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    I agree with Steve Luckhurst! Test Cricket is indeed the highest form of the game. Atherton v Donald in SA, Dravid and Laxman v Warne & Mcgrath, Dennis Lillee peppering Derek Randall with one bouncer after another in the centenary test 1976/77. These memories will never die. The joy of Test Cricket. May it live forever.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Good luck India, you're up against the young one-day stars of English cricket minus a superstar in Alex Hales. And almost the entire test team. Remember though, your proven established batsmen have always been good closers of 50 over games, and with world cup-winners in the side, you start ahead. England's youngsters: Now is the time to step up and cause the earthquake that would be a One-Day series win in India. Lots of people are saying that they're not following this series, because they've either washed their hands of India after their dismal record against, especially, England in tests. England, we all know, set India up on a plate for any team to take after that famous whitewash series, taking a team of test giants and scything them down to size, destroying their confidence. Since then, ODI Cricket has been India's stalwart of it's national game. The question is how long will that last?

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (January 11 2013, 00:55 AM GMT) "India IS the supreme power in world cricket". Man you sound like a Darlek from Doctor Who "we are the supreme beings..." Give it a rest. India is just another country where cricket is played. It is no more or less important than New Zealand, Bangladesh or Australia. The self-importance conceit and hubris of some Indian continue to astonish me. BTW I have UNITED KINGDOM passport....

  • on January 11, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    India needs batting allrounder who can bowl fast or medium pace...india have irfan pathan,praveen kumar, b.kumar...{medium pacer} ....jadeja,yusuf,ashwin,harbajhan,chawla,yuvraj.......{spinner} from the above names see who has performed in international cricket. Only irfan and yuvraj has performed consistent. praveen,jadeja,chawla has been flopped.jadeja is not performing in many matches but when his time comes of dropping him in the last match of the series he performs and he is retain in the team.......check his records.........{b.kumar will be future p.kumar in the batting department and like irfan in the bowling department}

    world cup is coming closer in australia we need many allrounders....many teams will go with 5-6 allrounders.batting is a worry for any team except aus and sa .....where batsman should be agressive..if u go to defend, the bowlers will trouble you and get you out.............

    beaware india.........

  • dakshinap on January 11, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Again Gambir & Dinda! Today also India going loose.

  • on January 11, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    last chance for Gambhir or youvraj to perform otherwise make chance to youngster, nohit sharma what is he doing in team.... nohit waste of talent

  • Stateside_Steve on January 11, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Another one day series?? India could well win the series, but what is the point? Its just like painkillers after an amputation(having lost the test series).

    India should follow England's lead and field the bench for the series. Kohli, Gambhir and MSD should take a break and come back with full focus for the Aussies.

    --Steve

  • JacobKiran on January 11, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Frnds one doubt,,,is suresh raina given a contract by the board that he will always be a part of the team however bad he plays or even if he is out of form....Even Sehwag gets dropped now a days ,,but raina gng from worse to worse is still in team and also in starting line up.He nly plays well in IPLS,,,same as Rohit Sharma....

  • on January 11, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    If you have selected Pujara, he should be in playing XI. I am sure Dhoni can drop Raina or Jadeja...(Drop Jadeja)If you want to have 5th blower option...i am sure Raina, Youvi and others can do the job... or just drop Ashwin we do not need 8th down to win match with the bat!

  • SherjilIslam on January 11, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: I am sure you have to eat your words after the fifth ODI.I will eagerly looking for your comments here after the last match of the series.

  • jimbond on January 11, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I am a bit curious to understand the taken-for-granted place for Shami Ahmed. What are his credentials? Has he performed exceptionally well in Ranji- as compared to others like Sandeep Sharma or Ishwar Pandey or Rishi Dhawan or Pankaj Singh? Has he performed exceptionally better than others in the chances that he got in India A? Or is there something about him that the 'experts' like?

    And why are Gambhir or Kohli or Raina undroppable? It makes a lot of sense to drop an out of form Kohli and bring in an in form Pujara.

  • Fakhar.247 on January 11, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    for indian fans hahah... india will lose this series... don't be too exited.. Fakhar Imam Bazmi

  • himohan007 on January 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @nyc_missile: Your Cricketing knowledge is so Amazingly Pathetic. You itself said Shewag is too lazy but also you want him in the team also as Indian team Captain. Pls stop supporing players only from Delhi. If you want means buy Delhi Daredevils and suffer with him happly LOL. Also for ur note if Shewag is a brilliant middle order batsman then why dont he prove it in Ranji or in IPL. Get ur facts right mate.

  • bhrangi on January 11, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    @Narbavi : People never realized yuvi , in form gambhir , sehwag , sachin , virat , raina, Dravid , VVS and zaheer won us the WC2011, T20 WC 2007, Test No-1 . They praised as if MSD is the sole reason for all this wins , I always wonder Gambhir'97 is not recognized in the 2011 final. Now team failing he is hearing the bad music dude. Team win or lose , Captain is responsible and Dhoni did it when we are winning now its other end.

  • shwet14 on January 11, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    I think Gautam Gambhir is on the last of his "lives" If he doesn't do well in first match its time to blood Pujara in the team. In any case, the team should start building for 2015 WC which is in Aus- NZ. I don't think GG will be a good option at the top on those bouncy pitches in Aus and seaming conditions in NZ. We need someone like Pujara to play an anchor's role. He will hopefully be chosen considering that and be given a decent run in next year. Same applies for Champions trphy which is just 5 months away. GG struggled in England too. Both he and Sehwag are past it. Time to give chance to Rahanes, Pujaras and Tiwarys.

  • on January 11, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I would like to say that although England's ODI record in India is not good, the team can forget it's past to make a good comeback and play a superb cricket like it did in test and T20 series. England should bounce back this time from the 0-5 defeat to the same team under the captaincy of Cook as once again, the man will lead his team from front. All the best to England for making a nice comeback to the home team.

  • on January 11, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    i think dhoni and yuvi are the most experienced players in the current pack and should take responsibility of the batting order yuvi at 4 and dhoni at 5 it means 1.gambhir 2.rahane 3.virat 4. yuvraj 5. dhoni 6.raina 7. jadeja 8.ashwin 9

  • Haleos on January 11, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @cjgroup - perfect except ashwin needs to b given a break. If jadeja outperforms him most of the times then ashwin needs to go back to domestic n works on his game n fitness. High time gambhir is shown the boot. If v need right left combo shikhar dhawan is much better.

  • Anil_Koshy on January 11, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma should treat this as their last international series, the inconsistent form for Gambhir and promise but zero performance should come under serious scrutiny by the selectors,Shikhar Dhawan and Rayadu should have been given an opportunity considering the poor run of form of Indian seniors. For England, they should have included Lumb, who has been playing good cricket in the shorter version of the game.

  • nyc_missile on January 11, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Pretty sure as usual,MSD will mess up and complicate a pretty simple case when given the players to pick..he will select the worst possible Ind team which means best possible CSK team.Meaning Pujara won't play,Jadeja will stay so will Raina.

    Jadeja even if clicks does once in 10 games and also I fear that he might get smashed around by KP and co,he just got lucky with Pakistan..Yuvraj for all his talent is merely a T20 player IMO given his frailties against pace & quality spin.So pick Rohit & Pujara in their place.Ideally this should be the team in my book:

    Gambhir | Rahane | Kohli | Pujara | Rohit | Raina | Dhoni | Ashwin | B.Kumar| Shami| Ishant

  • on January 11, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Absolutely, Gambhir deserves some reset and pujara deserves a decent run in ODIs. He is the only man who has shown some caliber to match dravid. We miss you dravid. (We are still searching for Mr. Dependable - II)

  • on January 11, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    You are right...Gambhir deserves some reset...and Pujara deserves adecent run in ODI...Of course he is the man who has shown some caliber to match Dravid...We miss you Dravid...

  • deepak_sholapurkar on January 11, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    "With the new ODI rules making it tough to manage with just four frontline bowlers,India could stick to the side that won the final one-dayer against Pakistan" What does that mean? Is "Ravindra Jadeja" a specialist bowler?. He is mainly batsman who can ball a bit. Picking him as a specialist bowler and waste of his batting talent. He needs to be pushed up in the batting order.

  • Gazz3009 on January 11, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip

    You can be as happy as you want for Pakistan win over India in almost a decade but the fact remains that India is in transition period and they will be out soon, considering the amount of talent they have got in their domestic cricket, who just needs little exposure to international cricket, but pakistan after losing their big stars are yet to recover from that slump. Winning Asia cup over Bangladesh is not a big deal and that too when they gave pakistan a run for their money.... Winning World cup though is a very big deal...... Remember if you are Asia cup champions..... We are the World Champions......

  • vsreddy4u on January 11, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Its 5-0 or 4-1 series win ahead for india.come on b.kumar and s.ahmed we can do it.

  • VSing on January 11, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Guys, morning from Singapore. Looking forward to a Friday after a full day working week and loads of cricket action today - we have 3 matches. We should have one eye on the Australia-SL ODI as Oz ODI team team looks almost unrecognizable. No Warner, Watson, Clarke, Hussey so very raw but players in form due to BBL. I hope that we win this ODI series against England as it looks likely because they dont have bowlers in the league of Junaid Khan, Irfan M, Ajmal which i hate to admit but looks like a world class bowling attack. Samit Patel at no 5 seems funny to me but heartening to an Indian fan, get rid of Cook and KP and the match is yours even though Bell and Morgan may be handy. We have to start with a win and hope the Yuvis, rainas and Kohlis of the day seal it. The real pressure is on GG who has to make couple of notable scores in 3 matches otherwise Pujara in red hot form (352 of 427) is in. Also hope rahane gets a big one as he looks a settled player. Go India Go..

  • on January 11, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 10 2013, 16:14 PM GMT). You said:

    "... where is Danny Briggs? A promising young spinner not given the chance to experience India, and the aging Tredwell is supposedly the man to fill the role? ..."

    Guys in both team management are taking short-sighted actions... though the selectors had given them at least some youngsters to be tried out.

    Dhoni says young, talented, and in-form Pujara will get a chance ONLY if there is an injury among the "settled (lol) batting lineup"

    England is not far behind. They seem to be dropping Danny like a "ton of Briggs" , and playing the "Tired-well" spinner!

    When will both teams learn that, it is time to give chances to new young and talented players and start building for the future (perhaps keeping the next World Cup as a target (or, Ashes for that matter) for a better focus for their efforts.

    Just ensuring "todays" success ignoring the coming future is short-sightedness at its worst

  • Punjami on January 11, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Flat pitch, plenty of runs okay. Are the selectors ready to bring in changes if Gambhir fails once again given the batter friendly conditions. Talent gets wasted if not recognised in time. No reason to carry "baggage" players any more as several exciting talents are on the waiting list. Cancel the "confirmed" tickets of these out of form players and confirm the "wait listed" if you want a journey forward la world cup 2015.

  • landl47 on January 11, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Even though none of the bowlers who carried the England attack in the tests will be playing, I'd still give England a pretty good chance if the wickets are like those prepared for the India/Pakistan series. If England has tracks with a bit of pace and bounce to bowl on, their attack is certainly as good as Pakistan's.

    However, if the wickets are slow and low, an England side without Swann, Anderson and Panesar won't pose that much of a threat.

    My bet is that the wickets will be slow and low and India will take the series.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 11, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    @India haters: India IS the supreme power in world cricket. Without India, cricket will be HISTORY. Australia and England will NEVER look out for the interests of Asian teams without India at the bargaining table. The Asian bloc is strong thanks to Mother India. Over the years, many national boards have benefited from Indian money. Through the IPL many foreigners have benefited from Indian money. Indian television channels fuel the international game by channelling the interests of billions of Indian fans. A majority of sponsorship deals come from India. Team India is in transition right now. It's not like no team has gone through what team India is going through. It can happen to any team. In time, a young and energetic India will put things right and I truly believe that the mission to take India back to the top begins against England. I wish team India the very best and I hope they can win this series against England. God bless India.

  • on January 11, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    India need to bat better, bowl better...now read that fast ten times.......see how difficult it is...........I REST MY CASE.......

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 11, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip: At least we Indian fans are TRUE and ORIGINAL in our support towards team India unlike some Pakistani supporters faking it out as NZ and England supporters.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 11, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    @Steve Luckhurst: If England really don't care about 50 overs cricket then WHY are they making up numbers in ICC events ? Why not just only play test cricket ? It is a fair question asked by many cricket followers. All I keep hearing from you English fans is how retarded the ODI game is. Well it's only fair to hear such an outcry given your team's pathetic record in ODIs. Having said that, I think this will be a close series. India are low on confidence and will have to play really well to win the series.

  • on January 10, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, Indian Cricket fan is in NO MOOD to watch India Team Collapse, We appreciate wat you did in past and we Admire you but it Time!!!!!!!!! I mean in other words like OBAMA say "WE NEED CHANGE"

  • on January 10, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    If India loses this series to England then I believe Dhoni should be sacked. England are a good team in English environment, they are a 2nd class team in Sub-continent in ODI. If India can not defeat a 2nd class team in front of home crowd, in home environment, then what could India do? Shami Ahmed looks like a good prospect. He bowled very well in last ODI against Pakistan, however, it was India's fielding that won the ODI, if one has to discount the rumor mill that Pakistan deliberately threw the game away.

  • heathrf1974 on January 10, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    India should win this series, but we'll see. England will have to be forced to play shots against spin rather than a war of attrition. But I wouldn't be surprised if the Poms get up. Their morale would be high and India's would be low.

  • FRRR on January 10, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    This series will go 3-2 in favor of India. England is a good side but they do not have a bowling attack like Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistan plays in similar conditions as india. This is not the case with England. India needs to brush aside the beating they got from Pakistani team.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 10, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    the Myth that Westerners cannot play on Indian pitches is gone, they play on dead wickets that sometimes spin all the time now, thanks to T20 cricket.

  • JustIPL on January 10, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    For sure england bowling will not bother as much as pak's did. I am more keen to see shami and kumar troubling england as pak batting lineup didn't pose a chellenge as ought to be posed by England. So indian batting should click and score while indian bowling might be exposed.

  • CJGroup on January 10, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    My wish team for tommorrow: 1 Suresh Raina, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4.Cheteshwar Pujara,5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Shami Ahmed.

  • on January 10, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    The Indian team seems to switch between 2 personas: looked bad in the first 2 games, and then looked pretty sharp in the last ODI v Pakstan. In this format India is always a world beater, IF they bring the right attitude to the game. Hope the winning India Team shows up.

  • on January 10, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Indian Bowling and Batting need to be improve...... Wish all the best... I am eager to know one day match of KOCHIN on January 15th.....

  • kc69 on January 10, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Injury to few performers and a normal loss of ODI and Test series means tatters that would be so wrong,by the way.India was not banned from olympics but suspended(because of some complaints by Indian local sporting bodies)which has been lifted.As far as corruption is concerned we are publicly fighting corruption that doesn't mean only India has corruption in entire world.Without India(or any subcontinental team) cricket will be no more.

  • kc69 on January 10, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    wow...all India haters must get one solid reply tomorrow's match

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 10, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    I have had a dream for the first ODI, India won the toss and elected to bat, scored 131 all out in 43.4 overs :) :) !! ENG were cruising at 123/0 in 15.1 overs when I woke up this morning :) :) ha ha ha.....ALL THE BEST to MSD and Co...!!!!

  • on January 10, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Although I will watch as much of this coming series as possible, I must confess that it will fail to be retained as much as the Test series. Test Cricket is the highest form of the game - who remembers the one-day series after England won in Australia the winter before last, did they reach the tri-nation final, no idea. In 5/10/20 years time nobody will remember yet another faceless one-day match, but they will remember the test series. Even if England lose 5-0 (although I suspect they might sneak maybe 1 win) the winter will be deemed a success and live long in the memory. Losses are soon forgotten - just like the 92/93 Test series where my only memory was Hick being highest run-scorer, leading wicket-taker and took most catches. Oh, and my hero Robin Smith having a silly handle-bar moustache and being bowled by Kumble despite the most imaculate forward defensive shot. So, lets have a bit of fun here, let hope Buttler has at least the odd match instead of Kieswetter. ps, Prior !!!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 10, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @bigdhonifan on (January 10 2013, 13:29 PM GMT) welcome back. Didn't notice you during India V England test match series in England in 2011 and in India during 2012. Now, why was that? Are India really that bad that some Pakistan rookie bowler can beat India in India single-handed? How about giving credit to Pakistan batsmen for making good total and how about saying just how bad were India batsmen against Ajmal? Come on man Pakistan are not the one-dimensional team that you want to believe. They are Asia Cup Champion for good reason.

  • Albert_cambell on January 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    5-0 thrashing on the cards for future associate nation india.

  • Haleos on January 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @walson - if india is banned cricket as e know it is finshed. Even with corruption indians keep on progressing. Third world or not cricket n cricketers specially ones from rich countries with poor boards need india. I think u r one of those grape types who exist in plenty.

  • on January 10, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Eng looks weak on paper, ind are not in great touch either... its gonna be fun series though I believe Ind has an advantage and will win.. GL india !

  • ZsZs on January 10, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    To Indian fast bowlers - swing it into Kohli!

  • Mitch1066 on January 10, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    If I'm not mistaken dernbach kieswetter meaker learnt there trade in England therefore are English Patel cook Bresnan Briggs bell Finn root etc are born raised in England so can we please get round this silly notion of saying England full of mercenaries which they ain't. All play in England have being for years .

  • Walson on January 10, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Indian cricket - in tatters? or exposed? India is banned in Olympics - what else could be the reason? Any fool can see the corruption at every level - Olympics, IPL, BCCI, Commonwealth Games, everything and everyone is corrupt - At this rate, is this going to end up in India banned from World cricket also! Not unlikely, given the blatant corruption that exists in India! For a third world country to compete globally, corruption- the #1 culprit has to be tackled!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 10, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    There is generally a lot of confusion with many (by no means all) Indian posters generally if they have lost to sack all the team esp. MSD and if they have won they are all walking deities, if they win a series in any format that format is best and the rest pointless but jango_moh on (January 10 2013, 16:38 PM GMT) surely takes the biscuit with "why cant dhoni drop gambhir!!!! given a choice, i would hve dropped gambhir instead of gambhir". Bless.

  • on January 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    People have criticised England a lot for not winning a test series in India for 28 years but remember its not 28 years its just 2 series in India . England lost 3-0 in India in 1992-93 and lost 1-0 in 2001-02 they could have won the test in Banglore and leveled the series 1-1 but for the rain. In 2006 England drew the 3 MATCH test series and in 2008-09 England lost the 2 match test series 1-0 and it required one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar's career to chase down 387 set by England and in 2012 they finally won. It's not a poor record by England its just that they have played very little cricket in India. I must say that the so-called experts have blundered in calling England poor in India. They should have looked at the stats and history. Even the English media paid little attention towards knowing the History of England in India. In fact England's record has been the best by any visiting side in India in the last 30 years.

  • on January 10, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Without Sehwag in one day I don't think worth spending time .We are not watching this series and no doubt Dhoni is playing games off the fields and no doubt Shewag is lazy too

  • hhillbumper on January 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    wouldn't it be funny if India lost.Then what would be the excuse? i did laugh loudly watching them play Pakistan. England are not the worlds best at ODIs so that should even the playing field for India.

  • samudralakiku on January 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay - I think your idea does not do any good for Team India, other than bringing more himiliation. At the moment they do not look like winning against even an associate nation, let alone Zim. They can only win by luck rather than anything else.

  • NIKHILJOHRY on January 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Lets not talk about revenge,we cannot take revenge by just winning one dayers we should win this series but it will not be revenge but rather be redemption check out what I have written on indian cricket at http://nikhiljohry.blogspot.in/

  • JG2704 on January 10, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @Vikram Sharma on (January 10 2013, 17:09 PM GMT) Balanced comms and full respect to you there. I do however feel that India will run out big winners in this one.

  • on January 10, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    I have read all the comments and everyone here is biased. I just want to say that practice games are never taken seriously by visiting teams. I just want to say that Pakistani pace attack is not superior to England's and remember in all the games in India Pakistan fast bowlers bowled on seaming tracks apart from Ahmedabad, however this may not been the case against England. Pakistani spin attack may be better than England spin attack especially in the absence of Swann. But England Batting is vastly superior to pakistani batting and even better than the Indian Batting line-up. They have an atrocious one day record in India, but this series is an opportunity for England to set the record straight.Everyone has criticised England that they didnt win a test series in India for 28 years untill 2012 but I want to inform that since 1984-85 when England last won in India they lost only two series in 92-93 and 2001-02. ther drew in 2006 and lost the 2 match series 1-0 in 2008-09. Be Informed.

  • kmgnath on January 10, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    India Vs Pakistan series is more of political patch up, In my view they seems to be more of fixed at political level, than real cricket matches. 1> why do you make lively pitches vs pak, knowing pak got good bowling attack, 2> In culcatta, win toss and bat first, whey did dhoni choose fielding, nobody does in culcutta. 3> Its more friendly matches, not like any other series, looks like even media in it. I doubt this message will be posted.

    Most of the indian batsmen are out of form, In my view, they are all waiting for IPL games to start, its unfortunate, only IPL matches are consider serious my many of the players, BCCI should do something to keep the indian cricket be alive, before it gets killed by its own acts.

  • gagagaga on January 10, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Must be funny in the change room when international rugby games are on.

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge. Sorry you know the rules, only 4 English born players per team. Danny Briggs will just have to wait his turn like the rest.

  • on January 10, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    the last time yuvraj singh batted against england in rajkot he blazed 138 in 78 balls which eventually set the tone for the rest of the series..no wonder kp calls him the danger man #another brilliance around the corner from the* pie chucker*

  • Mitch1066 on January 10, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Why does randy oz the boring predictable trash talking Aussie post on anything to do with England when clearly our odi team beat you ! Comfortable so saying England on slide well least we better then u in two out icc ranking if not three ! .now back to business India in limited format are team to beat I would like good series with England giving good account of themselves though I think India will win I'm hoping for least couple of England victories least losing series would be not so disappointing then

  • jango_moh on January 10, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    why cant dhoni drop gambhir!!!! given a choice, i would hve dropped gambhir instead of gambhir... now that sehwag has been dropped, gambhir should go, letsee if he can redeem himself in the first 3 odis!!!

  • nyc_missile on January 10, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Sehwag was the competitor since 2009 so the insecure Dhoni wanted him out somehow and has finally succeeded partly due to Viru's laziness too.But everyone knows Sehwag was bemoaning about his middle order preference esp in the last 3 years but Dhoni with his stubbornness did not allow him that chance to succeed..He wanted the cozy middle order slot for himself even sending all the youngsters before coming at no 7..Dhoni is the most selfish,insecure captain ever..even Ganguly in his bad days as captain did not care for his personal stats or records.

  • nyc_missile on January 10, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    I cringe when Dhoni loser mentions transition every time.What transition he is talking about..Gambhir,Kohli,Yiuraj,Raina,himself are all part of the side since WC and he says transition.To deny a new batsman the opportunity he has Jadeja the so called all-rounder who only turns up once in 10 games..so Dhoni needs to check his brains before he talks anything about transition in future.As for his shameless statement that he will stick to captaincy in all formats,what's new..his big boss in BCCI is there to veto any decision against him by selectors.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 10, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    We all get a laugh when certain Australian elements trail the English ODI boards trying to deflect from Australia's whitewash at the hands of the English last year. Remember that Aussies? That's right a WHITEWASH. Now is not the time to be inadvertently drawing attention to it.

  • NikhilNair on January 10, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Stating that the English attack is as good as Pakistan's bowling attack is an overstatement. Though they will probably still trouble our batsmen... but I hope our players do well and prove all doubters wrong. Would love to see India win the series! :D

  • bumsonseats on January 10, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    how someone can call the english, by putting the aussie team up as an example is strange.putting the tests aside the last time we played the aussies we won 4 - zip. india at home in all formats is hard we climbed the the precipice and broke a record in tests. what i hope is the wickets that india and pakistan are similar, but expect not. just wonder if the indian supporters can, if they defeat england make this as some sort of revenge to the tests losses, which i guess most will.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 10, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Seeing that this is a 'try the youngsters out' series, where is Danny Briggs? A promising young spinner not given the chance to experience India, and the aging Tredwell is supposedly the man to fill the role? Is Cricket Australia, famed for their backwards thinking, now running the English ODI selection?

  • itsthewayuplay on January 10, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @RandyOZ I've been a little disappointed with your recent posts. In the past your posts have had a little wit and made a nice diversion to the sometimes drab comments you get. But your last few posts have been rehashing old themes and it's all so serious. Is a different person posting using the same profile sign-in?

  • Cric_info_pak on January 10, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    well no favourite as england win only one series against pakistan in odi and win test series in india but they lost 3-0 against pakistan and lsot t-20 very badly in asian condition.....so not sure wht they deliver .... no whole india losing from more then one year against better sides ( indian fan never admite that they r bad ) so let see wht happen

  • itsthewayuplay on January 10, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    The easiest way for India to avert a slide would be for the BCCI to arrange a series against Zimbabwe.

  • Indialover on January 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I think team India should give a chance to pujara. The team should be like this 1 virat 2 rahane 3 pujara 4 yuvi 5 dhoni 6 raina 7 jadeja 8 ashwin 9 bhuvnesh 10 ishant 11 dinda

  • DatariVamsi on January 10, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Gauti, Rahane, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Shafi, Ishant, Kumar should be the line up. Rohit is in the team so it should be decided before end of this series if his capable of playing at international level.

    It is really embarrassing that selectors don't find alternatives..... Guys like Rayudu,Manish Pandey,Unmukt Chand are available... May be we follow biased selection policy so we don't find alternatives. There is abhishek nayyar and he is currently in a very good form in spite the selectors don't find alternatives... may be these guys dont find supporting selectors in their camp... or they represent different sets..

    Rohit should be played in this series even if he fails and that will give him confidence. If he is made to sit on bench it will definitely do worse for him and we can't afford to lose a so called Talented player.

  • sweetspot on January 10, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Batting form is the serious worry for India, absolutely nothing else. Their bowling is suddenly better than was expected. Pakistan being a very, very good bowling side, also got the benefit of the conditions at crucial times in a short series. So India ended up looking much worse than they are. No doubt Pakistan deserved to win, and it was a superb series, and I enjoyed the cricket, no matter who won or lost, but if India can get their batting together, England will have a fairly hard time. Won't be fun in Dharamsala at 3 degrees C. Ouch.

  • yorkshire-86 on January 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Buttler or Root should play, both far better batsmen than Patel and with 5 proper bowlers in the XI the bowling skill of the batsmen should not be considered. As for Matt Prior, he has been tried tried and tried again in the limited overs fOrmats and has failed failed and failed again.

  • on January 10, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Why not drop Gambhir and play Pujara?? what has GG done lately to be a fixture??

  • on January 10, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag is going to be the worst decision ever made in the history of cricket.

    I don't care if he had a woeful 2012, 2013 is a new year, new start. Sehwag is a game changer and England's bowling is not as strong as Pakistan's. Sehwag would have pummeled Patel and Dernbach

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on January 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @MAR00N5 (post on January 10 2013, 13:50 PM GMT): that's very true. I am disappointed England have not given young Briggs another run. He might not run-through a batting line-up, but if you can't take wickets in the shorter formats at least TRY and keep the run-rates down. Certain bowlers in this England squad have done neither in too many games for my liking; whoever plays really needs to bring their A game!

  • PiyushD on January 10, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    In current form Gambhir is the weak link in Indian batting line up, Virat Kohli's suddent drop in form is also worrying but I guess he is just an innings from getting that form. Gambhir needs a break and need to play domestic cricket again, we need a new opener, may be Shikhar Dhawan or Unmukt, I would resist promoting Raina for he is a much better finisher, Virat can be tried for opening and that will make place for Pujara at 3.

  • vigneshvinu on January 10, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    India must learn from aussies they have rested their senior players like clarke,warner,watson and some senior players against srilanka at home,why not india try against england by dropping u can it as giving rest to dhoni,ashwin,kohli and gambhir.these guyz play 300 days of cricket including IPL and CLT.they can be fresh for australian series and be fresh mentally. india have to plan for 2015 WC and simutaneously they have to win the coming matches for gaining confidence...

  • saintsinister on January 10, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Though i am a Pakistani but i am supporting Team India due to the support shown by the crowds.

  • Harlequin. on January 10, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    England's batting line-up looks good, although for the hundredth time: why no Prior?! The bowling is looking very shaky though, Finn is a class act and Meaker looks good for the future but Bresnan and Dernbach have been struggling for a long time imo. In the spin department, Tredwell is a solid performer, but to go in with 1 spinner is an error, I would much rather see a wicket taking spinner on the park instead of Bres/Dern. As for the Indian team, new Kumar looks good, though I would quite like to see him alongside old Kumar (Praveen) who I rated quite highly as a ODI bowler. How Pujara can't find a space in the batting is beyond me, he's flowing with runs and should be playing as much as possible. Having said that, the middle order looks brutal! All in all, India slightly stronger in both departments and I would expect them to take the series, though a KP/Morgan special could see England snatch a couple of victories.

  • on January 10, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Though everybody is critising Rohit Sharma, I steel have faith in his ability so as Indian selection panel. Just remembering the powerful dailoge from the Movie Deewar.....Iftekar told his assistant about that child Amitabh Bachhan...........Ye lambi race ka ghoda hai.....jis din ye apni raftar pakad lega, sari duniya ko pichhe chhod ye apni raftar me age badhega......... I am sure something same happening with Rohit. This year I have witnessed his inning in Ranji Trophy match agaunst Punjab. Rohit scored double their. Against quality attack like Manprit Gony, Bhajji etc, Rohit played an unbelievable strock play. Just showed his class. After watching that inning I understand why big people like Ian Chappel, Shane Warn, Clive Lloyd, Yuvi, Sachin always praises Rohit. I also understand Rohit should have clicked faaar before as he already played 86 ODIs. But it happens to everybody. Some player clicks immideately some takes some time. This is a new year. Come on Rohit. All the best !!!

  • 30-30-150 on January 10, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - These 'special' English bowlers couldn't dismiss inexperienced batsmen of India A and Delhi.. LoL.

  • Selassie-I on January 10, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    RandyOZ, I can't believe I'm saying this but you're right there is too many saffers in the team. Derbach is a load of rubbish in anything but t20, Keiswetter can't play the moving ball what so ever. I won't judge meaker yet; I've only seen him a couple of times - but we can't really call someone a saffer who came to England at the age of 2. I'm pretty sure that he didn't learn his cricket before that.

    You could, which many Indians did, claim Samit Patel as non-English (Althogh born in England) but then they reaslised that he's not quite good enough at the top level so they stopped with all that.

    Still, I think we'll lose the series, but i'd be happy with a couple of wins.

    Can't wait to see how your boys get on over here next month though Randy.... this could be a terrible year for your lot with the inevitable double Ashes defeats as well.

  • on January 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    pakistan got a great attack in two left hand pacers junaid and irfan and hope they will be opening in both format t 20 and odi in SA tour and up coming all matches that includes next year t 20. As far as england team is considered no broad no swann and no anderson indians can have upper hand, indian batsmen failed to face pak beat bowling attack while england batting is much reliable then pak. Good decision by england to pik 4 seamers.

  • bigdhonifan on January 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    India lost to Pakistan because of Junaid, I dont see a swing bowler like him in England team nor a Ajmal like spinner...

  • on January 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Replace Gauti with Pujara in the playing XI, immediately to provide some stability to the fragile, unsteady, failing Indian batting line up. There are many more guys who deserve to be replaced, but Gauti is No. 1 in the Q ! ( for exit)

  • on January 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    @ Deepak Bhanushali why not drop Gambhir, & include Pujara in side, & Give Kohli a chance to open. He could be the next big opener in ODIs, & has the capacity to bat through the Innings. Gambhir is all but a liability in the side right now.

  • VJ_Cricket on January 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    It is a win win situation for Englad, if they lose they will say it is a second string team with No anderson, swan, trott etc... and if they do well then good exposure for youngsters.

    India needs to completely ANNHILATE THEM!!!

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 10, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    At least India will put up a decent fight against England unlike the pathetic effort from australia when we destroyed them 4-0. Looking forward to it.

  • o-bomb on January 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Odd to see that the Indian batting line up is supposedly settled when their top order has failed 3 times in a row against Pakistan.

  • on January 10, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    India should win easily. But if they dont, either the team is too tired or taking England too easy.

  • RandyOZ on January 10, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    With 5 international players in their team, the United XI is looking as weak as ever. Where are all the so-called young talent posters here keep mentioning. South Africa to the rescue again! But it will not stop the inevitable slide.

  • on January 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    give chance to Cheteshware Pujara instead of rahane bcause he is in fine form my Playing XI 1.Gambhir 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. MS Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. B. Kumar 10. Shami Ahemed 11. Ishant Shrma

  • PcDadda on January 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    India were done in by the swing of Junaid Khan and not really by pace and bounce. Moreover, Pak followed up with two world-class spinners in Ajmal and Hafeez. Without Anderson and Swann, I do not see the English bowling unit having the same impact on the Indian batting line-up. To say that " England's pace battery led by the impressive Steven Finn will pose an equal, if not a bigger, challenge.." seems premature at this stage. And even though the Indian top order is in horrendous batting form my money is still on India.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    With non-performing batsmen like Gambhir and Rohit Sharma, and an out of form Kohli, I don't fancy India's chances. India A and Delhi team won against England exactly because these 3 gentlemen were not there in those teams.

  • GopiKothandapani on January 10, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I feel this is very important series for many players like Dhoni,Gambhir,Ashwin,Yuvaraj,Jadeja even Kohli.Also, this is a good chance for them to undo their failures in last couple of matches.

  • VJ_Cricket on January 10, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Will be interesting to see if Eng are positive and aggressive towards slow ball options. This is diffrent ball game.

    Also, may be last chance of redemption for Gautham.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on January 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @Malti65: "English Bowlers cannot do much harm to the Indian batsmen in Indian conditions"... haven't been following the recent tests then have you? Now I'm usually the first person to point out that you can't really compare tests with ODI's, but you then go on to state "once a batsmen gets in, then there is no way to get him out"... So my points are: 1. Is there really that much time for a batsman to 'get in' in an ODI against decent bowlers like Finn, Tredwell? 2. In the tests, when there was time to get in and graft a big score, England's bowlers did a great job and (with a few exceptions like e.g. Pujara's wonderful knocks) looked like they 'causing harm' to me. Granted Panesar, Swann and Anderson did much of the work, none of whom are in these ODI's... but I still think the likes of Finn, Tredwell, maybe Meaker - could pull something special out here. We'll see...

  • on January 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    India on their current form should be whitewashed and hopefully they are. It can only be good for Indian and World Cricket.

  • on January 10, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    what happened to irfan pathan & his brother ?

  • on January 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    The way this series comes under is just a platform for Rahane & Bhuvi to launch them big in international arena. Kohli has to click back in his form, mught be too much expectations putting him in backfoot. This team now has enough experience in being in dirt with wound, so now the time to stand tall & punch it back hard. All the best MS & team.

  • Darshi007 on January 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I don't understand why Pujara can't find a place in the side. Entire batting unit except Dhoni is struggling but we can't find a place for a player who just got a triple ton in the same ground. Rahane deserves a chance for 2-3 games, but what about Gambhir? The fact helping Gambhir is he had a decent run in ODI's in 2012. But his latest form has been very patchy. He would have got the axe had Sehwag not been performing even worse than him. Pujara can open for sure. He bats one down in tests. No reason why he can't open in ODI's. With 2 new balls operating from both ends, Pujara seems to be the best bet. Also I think Yuvraj's bowling will work better against the English side than how it worked against the Pakistani batsmen.The batsmen being so out of form, I would play Pujara for sure and play one among either Gambhir or Jadeja according to the comfort zone of the team.

    My XI would be as follows :- Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, B.Kumar, Ishant, Shami

  • calcu on January 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Such has been the dominance of india in ODI against eng at home, that even if ind win dis series 4-1, I will call it a good performance by the english!!

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Now Taruvar Kohli has also scored a Triple century (300+).

    What does it say about the state of the Pitches in India and also what does it say about the type of bowling attacks in India. I think mostly it is the pitch to be blamed and i say this becuase we saw that in helpfull conditions against Pakistan Indian attack was also not too bad.

    I think looking at the state of the pitches in India, it can be said that once a batsmen gets in, then there is no way to get him out. .

  • on January 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I would like to see MSD scoring some more runs in this series, and improving his keeping. He is not singularly responsible for teams defeats, there are failures in selection, batting and bowling to some extent.. In my opinion, MSD should not be a scrape goat, evey captain had his low, but that does not mean you sack him.. Dwell on the issues we have to battle, like excess cricket, lack of decent bowling attack, failing batting line up, etc etc..

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I would like the following XI to take the field.

    1.Rahane 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Rohit, 5.Yuvi, 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Ishanth 10.Shami 11.Bhuvaneshwar

    Mind you I give this team because apperantly Pujara is still stuck with his Ranji Match. If & when Pujara is available for National duties then he should replace Gambir to open the innings.

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  • CricketMaan on January 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Poor Dinda, had he stopped bowling that many short pitched bumpers he still would be in the XI. His undoing has been his over use of short pitched and that too with the old ball that has no pace. Hope he learns quickly as even Dada noticed that in the commentary box and if there is anyone that he will listen it has to be Dada.

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    According to me India are the clear favorities in the ODI format, especially if it is played in India.

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  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Frankly speaking I did not quite understand the comment about Finn, Meaker and England attack in general. In two practice games the Englsih attack was shred to pieces by the local teams. I dont know how these english bowlers can perform better against team India.

    Frnakly speaking I expect the English Team to suffer a white-wash in India, and that too every time they play a limited overs game in India. In the limited overs game India is a much supirior team compared to England. English Bowlers cannot do much harm to the Indian batsmen in Indian conditions.

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  • Porky_PigTheToon on January 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I have not much expectations from Indian batsmen except a very few good individual performances here and there. Considering two facts ( 1. Eng bowling attack is a bit easier to play than Pak's bowling attack. 2. Out-of-form Viru making way for a better option may result in good opening stand) Ind batsmen might find a bit easier to score runs. But the same way England's batsmen are better than Pak's. So India can't take it easy. Dhoni should make sure that Pujara make it to the line-up. Because if ball swings, the likes of Finn and Anderson will be too hot to handle for someone like Gauti. Best of luck to both teams.

  • on January 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    msd and his team have to win this series as a whitewash to regain their lead in odi

  • ramidi45 on January 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    My XI would be 1.Rahane 2.Ghambir 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Mishra 9.Ishanth 10.Shami 11.Bhuvaneshwar Replace Raina or Jadeja with Yuvi based on the former performance

  • Narbavi on January 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    MSD is in terrific form whereas some of the other batsmen badly need runs, so why should he be under pressure? just because he is captain? when will people realize that captaincy cannot win u games and the players need to step up?

  • Narbavi on January 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    MSD is in terrific form whereas some of the other batsmen badly need runs, so why should he be under pressure? just because he is captain? when will people realize that captaincy cannot win u games and the players need to step up?

  • ramidi45 on January 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    My XI would be 1.Rahane 2.Ghambir 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Mishra 9.Ishanth 10.Shami 11.Bhuvaneshwar Replace Raina or Jadeja with Yuvi based on the former performance

  • on January 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    msd and his team have to win this series as a whitewash to regain their lead in odi

  • Porky_PigTheToon on January 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I have not much expectations from Indian batsmen except a very few good individual performances here and there. Considering two facts ( 1. Eng bowling attack is a bit easier to play than Pak's bowling attack. 2. Out-of-form Viru making way for a better option may result in good opening stand) Ind batsmen might find a bit easier to score runs. But the same way England's batsmen are better than Pak's. So India can't take it easy. Dhoni should make sure that Pujara make it to the line-up. Because if ball swings, the likes of Finn and Anderson will be too hot to handle for someone like Gauti. Best of luck to both teams.

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Frankly speaking I did not quite understand the comment about Finn, Meaker and England attack in general. In two practice games the Englsih attack was shred to pieces by the local teams. I dont know how these english bowlers can perform better against team India.

    Frnakly speaking I expect the English Team to suffer a white-wash in India, and that too every time they play a limited overs game in India. In the limited overs game India is a much supirior team compared to England. English Bowlers cannot do much harm to the Indian batsmen in Indian conditions.

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  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    According to me India are the clear favorities in the ODI format, especially if it is played in India.

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  • CricketMaan on January 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Poor Dinda, had he stopped bowling that many short pitched bumpers he still would be in the XI. His undoing has been his over use of short pitched and that too with the old ball that has no pace. Hope he learns quickly as even Dada noticed that in the commentary box and if there is anyone that he will listen it has to be Dada.

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I would like the following XI to take the field.

    1.Rahane 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Rohit, 5.Yuvi, 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Ishanth 10.Shami 11.Bhuvaneshwar

    Mind you I give this team because apperantly Pujara is still stuck with his Ranji Match. If & when Pujara is available for National duties then he should replace Gambir to open the innings.

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  • on January 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I would like to see MSD scoring some more runs in this series, and improving his keeping. He is not singularly responsible for teams defeats, there are failures in selection, batting and bowling to some extent.. In my opinion, MSD should not be a scrape goat, evey captain had his low, but that does not mean you sack him.. Dwell on the issues we have to battle, like excess cricket, lack of decent bowling attack, failing batting line up, etc etc..

  • Malti65 on January 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Now Taruvar Kohli has also scored a Triple century (300+).

    What does it say about the state of the Pitches in India and also what does it say about the type of bowling attacks in India. I think mostly it is the pitch to be blamed and i say this becuase we saw that in helpfull conditions against Pakistan Indian attack was also not too bad.

    I think looking at the state of the pitches in India, it can be said that once a batsmen gets in, then there is no way to get him out. .