India v England, 4th ODI, Mohali

India search for series win to celebrate No. 1 spot

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

January 22, 2013

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Match facts


January 23, 2013
Start time 1200 (0630 GMT)


Ravindra Jadeja bowled economically and took important wickets, India v England, 2nd ODI, Kochi, January 15, 2013
Ravindra Jadeja has played an important role in both of India's wins © BCCI
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Big Picture

How quickly this series has turned. In the first ODI in Rajkot, India were beaten in conditions that they usually prosper in, and coming on the heels of the series defeat to Pakistan, India's home one-day prowess was under the scanner. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell had looked masterful as they put on 158, England's highest opening partnership against India. In the next match, 158 was all what the entire England team managed. In the third ODI, England couldn't even muster that, keeling over for 155 and were looking more and more like the hapless outfits that suffered 5-0 reverses in their previous two visits.

There is talk of this being an inexperienced England side, though their biggest concern this series is the faltering top order which is packed with players who have been around for years. The only significant batting absentee is Jonathan Trott, whose un-flamboyant batting has typically split opinion over his place in the one-day side despite an unimpeachable average nearing 50. In his absence, his value is continuing to grow.

India, on the other hand, are now atop the world rankings, and what is traditionally their weaker department - the bowling - has flourished in the previous two matches. The much-derided Ravindra Jadeja has turned in influential performances in both victories, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has compensated for his lack of pace with movement to trouble the top order. Virat Kohli, the ICC's ODI Player of the Year, also shrugged aside his indifferent recent form to pocket his first Man-of-the-Match award of 2013 in the last match. One more win will wrap up the series and give some relief to a side that has weathered plenty of criticism in recent times.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Ajinkya Rahane spent much of the past year carrying drinks, having been part of the Indian squad in all three formats without getting too many matches. Finally, in this series, he has got chances, but has been bowled through the gate early by Steven Finn in the last two ODIs. He will have fond memories of Mohali, though, winning his only ODI Man-of-the-Match award the last time these two sides played here.

While not the flashiest of batsman, Joe Root has shown his ability to stabilise the innings when his more experienced colleagues have come up short. On the flat track in Rajkot, he was shunted down the order to allow more expansive batsmen time in the middle, but with the team struggling in the next two games, he took over the steadying role that Trott has perfected.

Team news


England are considering a couple of changes to their XI. They are toying with the idea of bringing in Jos Buttler as wicketkeeper-batsman for Craig Kieswetter, and Jade Dernbach, who now has the unwanted record of being the most expensive among ODI bowlers who have sent down 1000 deliveries, could make way for Stuart Meaker. Steven Finn injured his finger during a fielding drill but is expected to be fit in time for the match.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell,3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Samit Patel, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Stuart Meaker

India are likely to go in with the same XI that served them so well in the previous two victories.

India (probable) 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 Shami Ahmed, 11 Ishant Sharma

Pitch and conditions

England are now left needing to win both the remaining matches in the series, but one consolation is that the next match will be in Mohali, where the track traditionally favours the quick bowlers and the temperatures will be in the mid-teens - conditions which Ian Bell termed as 'English'.

  • In 96 ODIs, Virat Kohli already has 13 Man-of-the-Match awards, which is more than Michael Bevan (232 matches) and Michael Clarke (223 games)
  • There have been six ODI hundreds scored in Mohali, but none of them have been made by an Indian

Quotes

"It was a bit annoying for me as I was not getting out making too many mistakes. I got a few good balls in the last series and made a few mistakes in this series. But, I was pretty calm at that point of time. You just got to be composed. "
Virat Kohli, on his lean returns before the previous match.

"We have a point to prove, absolutely. We spoke about it. It can be quite easy in this part of the world that if you get on a bad trot, you can let your heads drop and we can't allow that to creep in."
England spinner James Tredwell hopes the team can stage a turnaround.

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Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (January 23, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

@mzm149 : maybe its noticeable for Cook/KP since they were the only ones who turned up to bat :)... given the 100+ runs thrashing don't think anyone else actually did anything! I bet you also missed the reprieve for KP today? yes... if not for that then this one too was shaping for a 100+ runs thrashing. Maybe India should let Cook bat thrice in the 4th one?

Posted by mzm149 on (January 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

It is strange that throughout the series including tests and t20s, it was one of Cook/ Pietersen who became victims of poor umpiring by Indian umpires.

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (January 23, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Bad decisions for Gambhir, Rohit and Cook... KP got a reprieve as well.. in any case the way India are playing they are more than capable of beating England, DRS or not :)

Don't agree with the "dead ball" though... it should be a no-ball with a free hit. They need to change the laws to reflect this! Ridiculous that an international player can't get rid of such a bad habit!!

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (January 23, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

India won fair and square!! well done India!!

Think with majority of the bad decisions going against India, BCCI might reconsider stand on DRS... still shouldn't be used for predictive decisions.. but will be nice to have for plain review.

Posted by bobmartin on (January 23, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

I think it's time the ICC woke up.. If cricket matches of any description are being played between two of the test playing nations, they need international standard umpires. Indeed, top players deserve top umpires. Some of the decisions given in this ODI series have been a disgrace and you wouldn't expect them in a minor counties match, much less an international one.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

@sannthu_ckt (post on January 22 2013, 19:08 PM GMT): so by your logic, England are undoubtedly the best cricket nation in the world at the moment. If you take into account England's positions in the ICC Rankings, and assign points for position in each format, England come out on top as they are amongst the top in every format.

Posted by realfan on (January 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

well played root..... ..............................

Posted by realfan on (January 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

seems like england depends lot on cook...... they wont last long in thier top even in tests if they depend lot on cook..... certainly cook is in prime form.... if tats gone then no future for england...sad to see cook got bad decision... but thats part of game.... kp got 1 in his favour in early in his innings.....

Posted by gm47 on (January 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

another poor umpiring decision stops England in their tracks again. going well then a ball a foot outside off is given out. if any country needs DRS... it's India with their dubious umpires.

Posted by Artilleros on (January 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Another pathetic decision by the Indian umpire in giving Cook out .

Posted by atuljain1969 on (January 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

By playing SHAMI & BHUVI consistently and not rotating them, Indian selectors or captain is making solid base for getting them injured and their career will be ruined.

Pls. note that already - ZAHEER, SRISANTH, VARUN, UMESH, NEHRA, MUNAF, PRAVEEN are not there. There is no system in place to have a strategy and GOD knows what will happen in future.

Posted by himohan007 on (January 23, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Again Rohit Sharma selected all hail the rational thought process of Sandip Patel

Posted by JG2704 on (January 23, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

@jackiethepen on (January 23 2013, 00:28 AM GMT) re "The second ODI was lost because the bowling could not contain the Indian batsmen in the latter overs of the game" - I agree that our bowling has been weak but what did we score with the bat in the last 2 games - the last one while under no scoreboard pressure whatsoever? And in the 2nd game it wasn't as if our batsmen got close to the total so far as to say if it wasn't for those expensive overs ... Not like our victory where the Indian batsmen got close enough in their run chase to wonder what may have happened without Patel's blitz at the end

@Kinshuk Kumar on (January 23 2013, 04:19 AM GMT) think your comms sum up the views of the balanced cricket fan

Posted by JG2704 on (January 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

@sannthu_ckt on (January 22 2013, 19:08 PM GMT) Yeah but I don't think there have been any true English fans who have milked the number 1 ranking (we had prior to this series in ODIs) and I've only noticed one comm rubbishing other formats and that from a regular troll. True most Eng fans prefer tests but if you go back in time to the UAE tour , you'll find most regular comms were gutted we lost the test series despite winning the ODI series 4-0 and T20 series 2-1. One honest reason about why Eng may not succeed across all formats is because we don't have as much strength in depth and if we rest key players that shows up

Posted by JG2704 on (January 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

@msdhoni123 on (January 22 2013, 16:03 PM GMT) And b y the same token, because you have Indian ancestry , it doesn't make you Indian - It's personal choice. Gemmy was just pointing out some truths in that it's not a full team of imports so no need to be so aggressive

@LegB4wkt on (January 22 2013, 13:36 PM GMT) Why do India not deserve any credit? They've got the results to earn them the number 1 spot and even if they've not been a dominant number 1 side they've obviously done enough. Also , despite these last 2 games being Eng bad as much as India good , India have still beaten the current number 1 side in both games. And re "SA is on its way to the victory against NZ. So how long do you think your no. 1 spot lasts. Max 5 hrs" - seems they got detoured from their route to victory and India's no 1 slot may last a while longer

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 23, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Good move,i expeceted this and i posted this before here.Rohith is a good opener he proved some matches in Engalnd and one match against PAK ( T20) he played well.But i think Pujara will be good Opening partner for him.

Posted by cricindian123 on (January 23, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Rahane shoud get more chances to prove him..if he is dropped due to lack of good form then chance has to given to Pujara who have better track records...cant digest always preferring Rohit,still he has nothing to convince us...

Posted by Nish_US on (January 23, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Retweeting a featured tweet on cricinfo -

Domestic one-day averages: Rohit Sharma - 34.06. Ajinkya Rahane - 36.10. Cheteshwar Pujara - 56.97. Guess the one yet to debut.

Posted by Nish_US on (January 23, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Dhoni pushed Rahane, at the first chance he got...even from a winning team.....

But he retains his buddies even from a team that was getting thrashed all the time...

and people still believe him -

Posted by Nish_US on (January 23, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Rohit played 86 one dayers with two hundreds and scores of 4 4 4 0 0 5 in the last few innings and still selected into the squad

Posted by er.venky on (January 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Again dropping Rahane for Rohit, as i am not against Rohit..But Rahane atleast given two series to perform.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

@Kinshuk Kumar: I totally agree with you. No team is dominant right now. India lost their form after worldcup but now getting progress. Aussies are having trouble against Sri Lanka same as Eng against india. But still india is current champion. If we look about recent performances then Pak is getting better recently and now they are in South Africa. Let's watch how they perform against SA.

Posted by Vinay_km on (January 23, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

What happened to Swann? He can really break into Indian batting line up...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 23, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

All the best team India. We wanted to keep the winning momentum. We are no:1 in the world. Some jelous people suggest SA deserved No:1 . The so called best ODI team SA lost to minnows like NZ. So whats your point?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

the fact is, none of the teams is dominant right now.....

not even south africa which just lost to new zealand of all sides just the other day....

india's team is in bad shape but, i think they get a little too much flak internationally from fans. they've been losing after the world cup in test cricket but before that they were no. 1 for a period of almost two years if i'm not wrong... i don't remember anyone else holding on to that slot that long in recent memory....

i think this phase is going to last for some time until we see one side hit that purple patch where all 11 players are world class and they start dominating....

Posted by appkhi on (January 23, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

@bigdhonifan.....Dude look at Indian series with England and Australia some time ago you will ashamed after looking at their record humiliation defeats...this is the reason they stop playing out of India....to get home ground advantage and make dead pitches .....right now if India go to Bangladesh they will lose....

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 23, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

@Dannov747 on (January 22 2013, 16:39 PM GMT) India are number one.Nothing is strange. That ranking simply does reflects how awful other teams are when it comes to playing away matches especially in INDIA . Oh well.

Posted by tendulkarisGOOD on (January 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

No! add some spice to the series! fairy tale! let pieterson play the knock to win the match as he always do when ENG in trouble! And Dharamsala be the decider!

Posted by balajik1968 on (January 23, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

It is'nt as if Indians don't care about Test cricket. It is just the spectators get a bad deal for the money they pay. Thing is, a lot of Indians are passionate about all forms of the game. However, it does not make economic sense for most people to take 3-4 days leave. A lot of people follow it on the internet. On the other hand, ODI's is maximum 1 day, so people can take off, same with T20's.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 23, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

The writer of the article doesn't seem to grasp how weak our bowling is. So that puts his analysis at a disadvantage. The second ODI was lost because the bowling could not contain the Indian batsmen in the latter overs of the game. If you post a total way beyond par then too much pressure is put on the opposition to hit out against decent bowling. This is exactly what happened. Due to rotation policy England left out too many senior bowlers, it has been unfair on the second string bowlers and on the batsmen. The same thing has happened to South Africa who also have operated a rotation policy. (And Australia). We haven't played a full strength side and we are at the mercy of a side which has taken this encounter seriously.

Posted by nilb on (January 23, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Oh really India is no 1 in the world now Pfffft.. :D LOL at the rankings?

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

@ legb4wicket : Atleast india can claim to be no.1 after winning the worldcup. what has south africa done ? hahaha. lost to newzealand. never won a worldcup.

Posted by Shan156 on (January 22, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

@o-bomb, Jadeja played a few games in Eng. too. He did pretty well in one or two of them. He did very well in the ODI series in 2011 too. It puzzles me too that he is not regarded highly among Ind. fans. He looks like a very useful allrounder to me.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 22, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

my views-- odi cricket is here to stay , u need to watch the tv viewership in wc to assert this fact , also no one have time for watching boring tests nowadays , only unemployed and those on fag end of life enjoy such boring tests, t 20 will grow into much bigger monster considering most cricket population is in sc and we adore t20 here, bcci dominating world cricket and advocating ipl aslo helps, hoping we see end to this outdated format and ot being slated from icc calender in few years

Posted by Shan156 on (January 22, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

@sannthu_ckt, like most Eng. fans I consider tests as the ultimate but that doesn't mean, ODIs and T20Is are rubbish. We were elated after the test series win in Aus. and the 1-6 drubbing that followed in the ODIs didn't hurt that much. Similarly, our 4-0 win in the ODI series that followed the 0-3 debacle in UAE did little to assuage our pain. As far as the Ind. tour is concerned, we are happy that we won the tests. It would have been nice to win the ODIs but we would still be happy that we are losing to a better side (as long as we don't get thrashed in the next 2 games) As an Eng. cricket fan, obviously, I want my team to win all series in all formats but I would be more happy if we consistently win test series than if we do ODIs and T20Is.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (January 22, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

@bridgefort on (January 22 2013, 21:09 PM GMT): Excellent post sir!!! Very well said. Hope fans from both sides who advertise one format over the other as the best (Mostly because of their teams' failures) see this post of yours and understand it. If I had one, I'd take my hat off to you:)

Posted by CandidIndian on (January 22, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

Do or die match for both teams as its likely that there might be no match in Dharamashala due to weather.There is no news about the pitch, since its Mohali surely there will be help for fast bowlers ,however curator should aim to make it like the one we got in India-Pak WC semifinal.Pitch was helping both spinners and fast bowlers in that match.

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 22, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

LegB4wkt,

During the South Africa and New Zealand match you gave India s maximum of 5 hours as the number 1 team in ODIs. I am sure a cricket lover like you would have no problem admitting you got it wrong and acknowledge the legitimacy of the #1 team in ODIs.

Posted by Nampally on (January 22, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

There seems to be lot of discussion going on between Test format & ODI format.Test format is slower version of ODI with no holds bar as regards S/R for batsmen, field placing restrictions or number of overs/bowler or wides or No ball call rules. So basically is pure form of Cricket in its original format over a century back. ODI format is more in keeping with the modern times where people do not have as much free time as the people had centuries back. I do not think either format is good or bad & both need specila skills to be high performers. So there should be no negativity attached to either format because each format will have just as many fans- old & young. It is T20 which is more of an entertainment type of Cricket & is significantly different. I love both the Test & ODI formats. I feel this debate is rather futile because the Cricket in both the formats is played in its original manner with some rule changes for faster result orientated Cricket in ODI instead of drawn Tests.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (January 22, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

I see the Cpt Meanster and Maddy20 of the fair weather league is out in full force now that India is 2-1 up. But back to this match...rumored changes to the Eng team is pretty much what everyone wanted, the fans, journalists, etc. See the difference between fans of Eng and India. We Eng fans (the majority at least) are very rational and knows our team inside out. We don't give a hoot what other countries does or think and most of our analysis are spot on which is reflected in team changes (granted a match or 2 too late)...see Broad's dropping during the test series. I hope Kieswetter is done and they give the young lads a shot. At least from the limited opportunity I've seen of Biarstow and Butler, they are more confortable at rotating the strike than the all or nothing Kieswetter and we all know what everyone thinks of Dernbach but don't expect too much from Meaker. Give him time and judge him after 20-30 ODIs.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

India playing at home??? Reason- almost all countries wants to tour India and all broadcasters want to broadcast matches from India... We are ruling cricket dude!

Posted by igorolman on (January 22, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

@sannthu@ As an English fan who started watching the game in the 70s, I can tell you I've always treated ODIs as a sideshow, and most people of my age do to. The fact that England have always been rubbish at them is neither here nor there. After all, we were rubbish at Tests all through the 90s and every defeat hurt ...

Posted by JG2704 on (January 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

As I said before , I feel England need to at least bring Buttler and Briggs in to maximise their chances of victory. Briggs has also opened the bowling for Hants in shorter formats and why not try a new tact when the old one is failing (Briggs opening/finishing the inns)? Also I would have kept Woakes in their despite a poor game. I feel he is the future (if not in this format) and how often have other bowlers failed and retained their places. I'd consider opening with KP and Cook for a blend of accumulation and firepower. Big call this , but despite feeling that India will win the series 4-1 , I also feel that if England do square the series they may well win the 5th match

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

@appkhi Weak England team?? they are ranked 2 in ODI and they whitewashed Pakistan recently!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

This series has been a good learning experience for both India and England, but it is unfortunate that it has been stained by the controversy over DRS. A controversy, it must be noted, that does not exist outside of India as there is never any debate, from sensible fans at least, about a batsman's dismissal. An ongoing debate of the such that must weigh heavily upon batsmen who fall foul of DRS's absence. In this respect. India is very much alone in the world.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

India, England and South Africa is the only 3 teams who were ranked in top 5 of all 3 three formats of game. The 3 best teams in world now.

Posted by bridgefort on (January 22, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats to India for making the no.1 ranking in ODIs. They've certainly got the talent to be there.

I'm thrilled to see Kieswetter and Dernbach dropped for Meaker and Buttler. I look forward to the contest tomorrow.

As a cricket fan, I genuinely feel that tests are the ultimate form of cricket. However, that should not change the fact that ODIs and T20s are necessary to bring in the younger crowds. Our cricketing fraternity is a very small one, and it is vital for the health of the game that all member nations do well in any format of the game. Which is why the unseemly gloating that may follow a victory/ defeat does nothing for our cause.

Cricket would be a much poorer place (literally as well as figuratively) without a good Indian test side. It's the same with England in ODIs. Fans from all sides have a stake in this. Here's to good cricket.

Posted by appkhi on (January 22, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

@maddy20...forget about Pakistan you need to worry about team India... India won 2 ODI against weak England team and you are thinking your team have talent..look at Indian playing only home series....they are scared to go out of India ...send India to Bangladesh they will lose. To save their-self for humiliated defeats India start playing only home series...even in home series they are loosing....

Posted by haq33 on (January 22, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Cricblogger05...india lost by 6 wickets, then by 85 runs. Yuvraj's wild eyed victory "celebrations" came in your consolation win which was by 10 runs. I call that a definite battering, in your home territory too. I don't think there is any inaccuracy in calling it a battering. 3-0 would have been a demolition job so hair enough, we won't call it that.

Posted by sitaram58 on (January 22, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

India is the number one ODI teamand also the reigning world champ. All is well with the world. Test cricket and T20 - bah humbug who cares!!!! ODIs and IPL are the only things that matter. Dhoni for "president for life", Jadeja shold be made Vice Captain and given a few more millions and awarded the Padma Bhushan while we are at it!!!!!!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 22, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

sannthu_ckt on (January 22 2013, 19:08 PM GMT) I take your point but personally i have always held tests over all formats buy some distance and so do all of my cricket fan friends. After the loss to Pakistan in the UAE and subsequent ODI success there was no celebrating from the MAJORITY of England fans it felt hollow; look at the last Ashes tour with massive England support for the tests but dwindled to a sparse bunch for the one day series that follows (that is from the start of the series by the way). Sure I like England to win at anything but tests are and always have been of prominent importance for me, I was expecting to lose this series and just hope they make a game of it in the 2 remaining fixtures.

Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 22, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

every format is important apart from 20/20 which is just pure entertainment. But test and ODI you need your cricketing skills while 20.20 is whos the strongest no need of techinique or crickering skills. Look at West Indies team. The are just based on pure strength hence there good at 20/20 but the get exposed in test and ODi

Posted by JustIPL on (January 22, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

I agree that win or loss game comes first and there should not be excuses after you lose or deny to realize the strengths of the opposition. It is sad to read that the number one test ranking team of that time i.e. england (who had really achieved the top spot not like india who got it by statistics), were totally outdone right after that series. Many Indian fans attributed it to the home conditions for pakistan which was not the fact as pakistan were not allowed to have pitches of thier choice as india had in continuing home series against ENG. Denying to accept pakistan bowling might have translated to near whitewash in ODI series for India. I accept that there is transition and Kohli, Dhoni and Ashwin are holding on to bat england team are also short of frontline bowlers who can definitly put a better show with the ball. Bad umpiring is hurting ENG as it hurts others as the poor umpires are left to live in the stone age while fellow humans enjoy technology in every aspect of life.

Posted by Drzeeshanafzal on (January 22, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Yes I agree India has a outstanding chance to win a series and for Dhoni to save his name along with his position.... Actually England is lacking quality in their bowling department and only Finn seams to me as a quality bowler.....Indian are good against ordinary bowlers but they are poor against quality bowlers like Muhammad Iran....He seams to me the hardest bowler to play because of his steep bouce that he gets thanks to his height.......

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (January 22, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@ Dilruksh - LOL - Just because Pakistan won 3-0 over England in UAE they're world beaters now - Please remind me how may matches have you won in Australia in the last 2-3 decades ?? Well - i guess you dont want to go there - cos the answer is a BIG ZERO!!!!! so please don't come out thumping your chests on how "Great" your Test team is when you can't even beat India even in a single test series Home or Away since 87... and we humiliated you the last time we toured your country!!! Enough said?

Posted by puneet_usa on (January 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

To be Honest- Indian Team has a long way to go till they can dominate the world stage.That will take big overhauling joint effort from BCCI and the political leadership controlling game of cricket. Indian Cricket hit a new low when one of their ex-selector and well respected veteran cricketer openly admitted that they wanted to make changes in the team following disastrous trips of England and Australia back to back and wanted to remove the captain for such terrible performances and even though most of the selectors agreed except the guy who runs the show-he single handed vetoed everyone else's opinion so go figure how a democratic process supposed to work- Indian cricket will continue to struggle because it lacks true leadership of a visionary at both BCCI level as well as political level for any progressive approach to implement . I am an optimist and would like to think that one day things will change- not only in the game of cricket but also true leadership in general amongst all.

Posted by bobmartin on (January 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

@Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 22 2013, 16:03 PM GMT) " just because your born in England doesnt make you English" That's nonsense and you know it... You can call yourself what you like, but if you were born in England and your birth is registered in England.. you are English whether you like it or not. Of course, your argument, assuming it was correct, would mean that the Sth Africans who play for England are not really Sth African... You see what a ludicrous statement yours is.

Posted by sannthu_ckt on (January 22, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

its nice to read the comments over here . Fans of English team saying Test cricket is ultimate ( no doubt) but all other formats are just rubbish While fans of Indian team are saying ODIs are the supreme and test are dead. Will this imply 1) English fans consider other formats as rubbish just because their team is not performing well in other formats and as they are not given a chance to celebrate their team's success in other formats 2) Indian Fans consider ODI as supreme as their team is reasonably good in this format and when it comes to tests they were humiliated and hence tests are dead and gone Isnt the team and fans who want to claim superiority in cricket should be able to perform in ALL THE FORMATS of the cricket .

Posted by maddy20 on (January 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

@Imran Nisar You have conveniently forgotten about the thrashings we gave you in worldcups(50 and 20-over), Asia cup etc., One series win in India and the Pakistani fans can't get a grip on themselves. You have also probably forgotten about the 4 less than 100 scores your batting line up posted in England. As for the UAE series, the umpires have taken more wickets than Ajmal and Rehman combined!

Posted by Shan156 on (January 22, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@Dilruksh, Glad that someone acknowledged England's test series win in India. I believe that ranks as highly as the Ashes win of 2010-2011. Few teams manage to win a test in India leave alone a series. To put that in perspective, Australia lost won a test in India in 2004-2005. Since then, they have played 6, lost 4 and drawn 2. SA managed 1 win in each of their last 2 series but were able to only draw the series. No other team has won a single test in India. India are that strong at home. So, England's win is commendable considering their recent performances in Asia were poor.

ODIs? Well, that's a different story. They have managed to win series in UAE and SL (in 2007-2008) but India have been too strong for them. @Dannov747, India just recently beat SL 4-1 in SL.

Posted by CricBlogger05 on (January 22, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

@Imran Nisar & all my pakistani friends commenting using various fake aliases..... Sometimes it seems that most of you are living in oblivion,completely ignorant of the facts. Your bowlers and team did well in India, there is no doubt about it and most of the Indian fans here seem to be supportive of this fact. But while calling it battering, you simply show your immaturity. Winning 2-1 is simple, one team loses, other one wins. Talking about this, you always forget how poorly Pak team has fared against India during last 10 years or so. And yes, you beat England 3-0 on your other home ground in UAE in tests, but you never mention how you were battered in ODIs (4-0, was it) on the same tour. Oh yes, now you would say forget about ODIs, test matches are the real thing, isn't it? Because importance of the format changes for you according to your team's victories or losses in that format? Instead of worrying abt India, cherish your team's games, as their fates may change in the next game.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 22, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

@Dilruksh: Yeah yeah... we already have enough cheer leaders for test cricket on Cricinfo. We don't need another one. Besides, if England feel ODI cricket is inferior, then WHY even play it ? I know the answer to that one - constant defeats. Please come up with something new and original for an excuse later. Peace.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 22, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

@Imran Nisar: Most of your comment is accurate. Pakistan have indeed been fairly consistent enough playing in the UAE and around the world. However, that's not going to be permanent. Winning and losing is part of sport. So if you and your fellow Pakistani fans feel that your winning ways is forever then you will be painfully brought back to earth. Many Indian fans are currently seeing their team in transition. I would say they have done well to put up with the test defeats of 2011. Besides, those two 4-0 losses to England and Australia are in the PAST now. Indians have forgotten them long ago. The talk is about the future as it rightly should be. Nobody will even mention those 2 away defeats once India starts doing well in test cricket. The same logic applies to every team that's playing this sport.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Virat Kohli is saying that he got few good balls. But they are not really unplayable. His lack of technique was exposed by Junaid Khan. In the 2nd match vs PAK, Indian batsmen kept pushing and did not allow the balls to come on to the bat. If R Dravid or any other batman with good technique could have negotiated those deliveries with ease.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

@Imran Nisar : Common man stop it, there is no team in this world which is consistently dominating. Today Pakistan might have won tomorrow it may be beaten badly you never know. Stop this crap and be sportive man.

I enjoyed the bowling of Pak bowlers in India that was a perfect display of fast and spin bowling.

FYI: I am an Indian team supporter.

Posted by PRAMOD_2012 on (January 22, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

England has missed out a smart selection of Steven Davies (It took me 20 minutes to search & spell his name correctly). A very good wicket keeper & equally a great left hand batsmen, he did played 8 matches for England and scored 245 runs at the average of 31 with the strike rate of 105 & guess he played 3 matches against Australia and 5 matches against Pakistan (Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, gul and other PAK bowlers).

If ECB can still show some confidence in him & give him a decent long run he can be turn out very good find & great asset. He scores consistently in DOMESTIC cricket.

Posted by Dilruksh on (January 22, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

how much they try to win an odi series is nothing compared with test cricket that is whats important above all of the formats.winning a odi series does not mean that they are the best. england have done something awesome by winning the test series.the main reason why this is happening to india is because of the IPL.it will soon be banned for sure.

Posted by SunnyD on (January 22, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@Imran Nisar: Winning a series by 2-1 is not called battering

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Why India got #1 in Rankings=Out of 22 ODI's played last year, India lost 9 matches. Out of 16 away matches India lost 6. 3 against Australia, 2 against SL and 1 against BAN. Out of 6 home matches lost 2 against Pak and 1 against Eng. Many of the matches India won away and home was with huge margins.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@ samincolumbia: Is this the same Pak team who just battered India a few weeks ago? For your information Pak team has been the most consistant team in the last 2.5 years, we dont win and get happy by beating the likes of Bangladesh and New Zealand, we beat No.1 teams by a 3-0 margin, also along the way we beat so called world champions, bring it on my friend, you guys can try your best to damage Pak, but we always bounce back. Just to end, 4-0 in England and Australia, oooops.

Posted by sseries5nov on (January 22, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

I think england top order is some time play very good performance but some time put down equaly depand on each other and the other way of bowling attake of england is not very good in asian pithes.

Posted by o-bomb on (January 22, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

@Starhawk - Thanks. I wasn't aware Jadeja had played as many ODIs as he has.

Posted by Dannov747 on (January 22, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

India are number one? Now that is strange. That ranking simply does not reflect how awful India are when it comes to playing away matches. Oh well.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 22, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

@LegB4wkt so it is okay if SA loses to a low ranked team but it is pure luck if no one wins but india (ofcourse against avg side). As i write this NZ are already 278 and anything can happen. Remember you get max points if you beat a high ranked team so let us wait and see :)

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

England thrashed Pakistan 4-0 in UAE. I agree England are a better ODI team than the over rated Pakistan team by miles.

Posted by Nampally on (January 22, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar: I can understand your frustration with Test Cricket as also of some other Fans. ICC need to keep in touch with the current technology where "Time is Money" & no one has time to watch a sport for 5 days. I can make 2 suggestions for ICC to consider: 1. Reduce the Test cricket to 100 overs/innings over 4 days- each day with 100 overs + adjust for weather delays 2. New ball after 60 overs instead of 80. Which ever side scores more runs are the winners. So there will be a result in 4 days instead of drawn match after 5 days. It would be preferred to standardise the pitches so that No country will have an home advantage. This evens the play fields & eliminates the settling in time except for the weather conditions. A temperature controlled indoor stadium can also eliminate weather conditions. I am sure with these state of the art conditions, it will suit all & make Test Cricket just as acceptable as the short format but with fuller evaluation of Team Skills. Problem- Costs?

Posted by JustIPL on (January 22, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

English bowling is more of a concern as batters need bowlers defend the targets given. Also, in the last match you take peterson and cook (the chief tormentor against india) through wrong decisions and then expect recovery impossible. Kohli has prospered due to non performing seniors. Ashwin, Kohli and Dhoni have come to rescue regularly for some time now and english bowling has to get better of them to win the remaining two games. However, with India pumped up now 4-1 is imminent.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 22, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

I think icc should make a little change in ranking..they should give some xtra point 4 winning away match....in d current system home nd away matches judges equally which is unfair

Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 22, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

@gemmy123- just because your born in England doesnt make you English. I am born in UK i never considered me as British always refer myself to an Indian.Patel,Bopara and Panesar are still Indian ethic. Bopara and Panesar only started playing cricket because of Sachin. As you mentioned about previous accomplishment. Let me pour some of India's achievement 2007 WC 20/20, 2010 Asia Cup WC 2011 and Test ranking which we held on for a long time. Which england couldnt do. Case closed.

Posted by Nampally on (January 22, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

We all know Dhoni's way of XI selection- unchanged, win or Loss. So the best thing Dhoni can do is to release Pujara & Rohit Sharma - both unwanted by MSD & are wasting their life & talent on the Bench!. Both Rohit & Pujara can at least play for their home State teams in the Ranji Trophy Finals & keep their confidence up!. These 2 are future of Indian batting - at least Pujara definitely is. It is "Human" for anyone to go where they are welcomed with open arms. So first thing is to release at least Pujara.As for this ODI, 3 guys who are performing below par are Gambhir, Rahane & Ishant. If I was the Indian Selector I would at least try Dhawan as an opener in the last 2 ODI's & try Sreesanth to test whether he made sufficient progress in Fitness & still good enough for high class Cricket.Rahane needs to work on his defence- eliminate bat pad gap + get to the pitch of the ball rather than with body away from the ball.Without sound defence you Fail badly as 29 for 5 vs. Pakistan.

Posted by dabhand on (January 22, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@ womenlovecricket - I guess that really depends on which country you come from - test matches in several countries are well supported, indeed when England play at home, you're lucky if you can get a ticket for the first 3 or 4 days irrespective of the visiting team, but if it's Australia, South Africa or W Indes, even getting one for the 4th day is difficult unless you are prepared to queue from 6am.

On the other hand the crowds in India for tests are very poor - yet Indian supporters turn out in huge numbers when India plays in England - so what's the cause - has the IPL created a breed of supporter with limited attention span, does T20 suit the Indian temperament, do Indian people who live in England acquire a taste for test cricket, or do Indian supporters now accept they can't hack it at test level and create a focus on limited overs.??????

Whatever the answer is I think your assessment that test match cricket is dead is too great a generalisation.

Posted by gemmy123 on (January 22, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@RajeshKumar/Womenlovecricket - fair enough. But two points - would you be so blase about test cricket in your country if you were hammering everyone in the format? Secondly, test cricket is viable in SAF, Eng, Aus, NZ (to an extent), SL etc. India is conspicious by its inability to sell the format. If it wants to marginalise itself and play the financial bully, go ahead. But for information - in most of your overseas markets the IPL is considered a crudely promoted, low quality and fading format. So please don't mistake your national appetite for one format as representative of the real world. You're starting to sound like Victorian England or post-WWII America in your introspection.

Posted by gemmy123 on (January 22, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

@Mevin27 your comments made me laugh. Gerrard didnt claim to be English nor that they are the best at anything. As for your evidence, Panesar has barely played for England in the last three years, and was born in Luton, England. We've also won key series' without KP, (including an ashes series) and Morgan can't get in to our test side due to the presence of English-born players like Root, Bairstow & Bopara (from Essex, I hasten to add).

There's a touch of truth in the fact England have been over-reliant on overseas imports but its a hot topic in our country, to the point where the ECB have put policies and incentives in place to reduce its likelyhood going forward.

As for international rankings, in the last 4 years we've topped the test and ODI rankings and won a T20 world cup. I don't consider us best in any of those formats but all the calculations go to show is that no current international team is dominating the scene.

Posted by StarHawk on (January 22, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

@o-bomb, I think Jadeja isn't well liked by Indian fans because of his previous stint with the Indian team, where he was not that useful with either the bat or the ball. Then, he also got a $2 million contract in the IPL which made things even worse. But now, he's turning it around and he's becoming the all-rounder India has been looking for years

Posted by StarHawk on (January 22, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@zuber21886, who are you to decide whether India deserve #1 spot or not? The ODI rankings say they are and that's all that matters. Let the ICC change its point system if they think its faulty

Posted by tests_the_best on (January 22, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Lots of talk about India not deserving no 1 spot. Then who deserves it? Agreed Pak defeated Ind 2-1, but now Ind's leading Eng 2-1 and Eng thrashed Pak 4-0 in UAE. So if not India, who's no 1? Pakistan? England? Unlike the test rankings, expect the odi rankings to change more often, changing back and forth even during the course of a series.

Posted by SunnyD on (January 22, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

@GerrardLK: The grapes are sour, aren't they? @bumble23: These are plain calculations man and are not based on last two series only. No biasing here.

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (January 22, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

I know many are delighted about this latest crest, but it really makes you wonder how this is building a team for Australia 2015. While i understand that we gotta win in current matches, the only ODI tournament that really matters is the the WC and the current batting lineup and the part time 'slow bowlers' might be of no use at all in Australia. Not so much the runs, but the manner in which Rahane is getting out and the poor performance of Kohli (just because his poor shots and top edges fell in gaps, does not mean all is well), the ineffective bowling we saw recently Down Under, and MSD, who is only sub-continent wonder really don't inspire confidence. The sooner we undertake an unbiased and 'harsh self appraisal', the better it is really.

Posted by abmughal on (January 22, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

hope they would win after too much humiliation at home... but the only reason for their win is england is not playing with their full squad ...... they r playing with 2nd level bowling ......otherwise what pak did to them with superb worldclass bowling

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 22, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

In India there is hardly any interest in test cricket, as is obvious from small crowds at most of the venues. If, for a test match, you get 25% ground full, it will be a great achievement. On the other hand, for ODIs and T20s, most of the time it is very difficult to get the tickets, and they are sold in the black market at much higher price. That is also the reason that IPL is so popular in India. My advice to non-Indians like Englishmen, Pakistanis, SAFs, Ozzies etc.. please play test cricket amongst yourself and enjoy the game, but spare us. If tomorrow the demise of test cricket is announced (it is imminent in any case), in India most people will simply say good riddance. Most of the people (except a few diehard fans) have stopped following test cricket even on the TV. So if Test victories matter a lot to you, please accept my congratulations, but we really don't have much interest in it. ODIs and T20s are the modern viable versions of cricket, in which World Cups are held.

Posted by womenlovecricket on (January 22, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Posted by GerrardLK - I don't know what cricket planet you live on my here on earth Test cricket is as good as dead. No one has the time or patience to sit through a test match these days. Slowly but surely test is being extinct and ODI's and T20s are taking over and here to stay. As for India being minnons just because they lost a few test series - give me a break. Not even 3 years ago India was number one in test ranking - did that make the other countries minnons?

Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 22, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@GerradLK lool at your comment. India considered as minnows just because we a are going to a rough patch in Test. 2 years ago they were considered as the team to beat but now our big guns are retired or not performing but that dont make us a minnows. At least we are on top for one of the ranking. England not even number 1 in anything not even test cricket which you call yourself to be the best at. Only reason your doing good is because of the indians,south african and Irish in your team. Without Kevin Pieterson and monty pansesar England would be lucky to be called a minnow.

Posted by bluebillion on (January 22, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

13 MoMs in 96 matches - while it is a good thing for Kohli, it shows over-reliance on him in ODIs like we used to on Sachin in the 90s.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 22, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

@ Naseer_shah

Wasim Akram is not Indian Team Selector that Ind fans should be thankful to him. In domestic circuit, SHami has performed just like R. Jadeja. That's why he has been selected.

Posted by GerrardLK on (January 22, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Meaningless ODIs after the Test series. The Poms thrashed the Indians in real cricket. ODIs are just rubbish which is fading away from cricket lovers. India should first start winning test series, least with teams like Zim, Bangla etc. If not they will remain as minnows forever. Feel sorry for their fans.

Posted by harry414 on (January 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

@ LegB4wkt , 100+ runs for 2 wickets is a big thing from New Zealand perspective for today, and Dhoni would also say tomorrow that they never look at rankings, if they perform they are gonna be up there...concentrate on winning match by match...and then series by series and stuff like that..people like you and me take rankings seriously...so just watch out for an excellent match tomorrow AND TODAY

Posted by harry414 on (January 22, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

My only fear would be dropping Jinx for Rohit, least expected, but considering Dhoni you never know...

Posted by Selassie-I on (January 22, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Hopefully this is right and we will give Keisy & Dernbach the nudge;

Keisy can't play the moving ball, he also has no touch play, it's boundry or block. Buttler has shown some promise as a finisher, i am yet to see him keep properly so we will see how he gets on. He's great on a flat track but anything else and he's a liability.

Dernbach has some variations but he simply can't put the ball where he want's 95% of the time, which might be fine in T20 but not in ODI.

Both have time to improve and come back. With Prior, Baristow, Buttler and Keisy we have enough options to keep and Meaker deserves a chance to show what he can offer.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 22, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

The Eng team hasn't been officially announced, but if the nods & winks have got it right, then the changes are moves in the right direction. The ODI side is really in a state of flux, with Stuart Broad wanting to return (& I'm sure he expects to!), Trott to come back after resting & time having been called on Kieswetter & Dernbach. IMO, Buttler & Meaker are better cricketers than CK & JD, but they'll be a little ring- rusty. No matter, that's the nature of tours these days; everyone just has to get on with it. This is not the match to tinker more than necessary, but I do expect to see Joe Root (what a winter he's had!) bat at #3 in NZ, if he doesn't open there. Interesting times ahead & places up for grabs -- who wants 'em?

Posted by Jay.Raj on (January 22, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

How is india number 1 when they lost the series to Pakistan and only 1 game up against in England??

Posted by bumble23 on (January 22, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

in the CB series down under and in asia cup indians could not even reach the finals and were completely outplayed against pakistan at home. How on earth they would claim the no1 spot if they win against england? This ranking system is defying explanation.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

@Darshi007 . Fully agree with you. Your choices are also perfect. Either Ishwar Pandey or Sidharth Kaul should replace Ishant Sharma. Earlier the better.

Posted by rethanjogi on (January 22, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

india will play only 2odis before champions troopy. so india must try diff combinations in this match. rest kohli,yuvi,m.s.dhoni,bhuvaneswar kumar and try pujara,rohit,abishek nayar,d.karthik,pankaj singh for rest of the 2matches. these are the only last 2odis before champions tropy. we had a good chance for trying coz the conditions in mohali and dharmasala suit to england conditions and we are playing with england. so trying our best domestic players is right now.

Posted by torsha on (January 22, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

In 96 games, Kohli has more ODI MoM awards than Warne, Clarke, Bevan, Flower, Hussey, Kapil, KP..

Posted by Tigg on (January 22, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

I think Meaker deserves a shot, likewise I'd give Buttler a go even if the only reason would be because Kieswetter has been so poor.

Batting wise, I think it's primarily down to the England openers. If they put together a good stand of 70+ it gives Pieterson, Morgan and Samit more freedom to attack in the later overs.

Trouble is, I think England's poor batting has papered over the cracks in this weaker bowling attack. Bresnan is a shadow of his former self, Dernbach is not good enough and Finn has been a bit out of sorts. They need to buck up. the oen shining light this series has been Tredwell.

Posted by LegB4wkt on (January 22, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

@Posted by womenlovecricket; India lost 3 outta 6 recent matches they played. And They've got to no. spot not coz they did so well but due to the SA's failures. So they don't deserve any credit. By the way, as we r speaking in this moment, SA is on its way to the victory against NZ. So how long do you think your no. 1 spot lasts. Max 5 hrs :)

Posted by Darshi007 on (January 22, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Last 2 matches being in Mohali and Dharamshala, it might not have been a bad idea to have given Ishwar Pandey or Sidharth Kaul a game instead of Ishant Sharma just to see how they respond in these bowler friendly conditions. At least they could have been tried for the 5th ODI if India manages to win this one. Rahane deserves another 2 games because according to me he is of the same class as Kohli and Pujara. He has been dismissed of good deliveries from Finn in the last two games. Pujara should get a chance as an opener in place of Gambhir for one of these 2 ODI's. His purple patch should be utilized. We don't want to repeat the same mistake which we did with Rahane by keeping him in bench when he was in the form of his life.

Posted by KanAloshFozter on (January 22, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

If England drop Keiswetter that's gonna do them only good.His hit and block style is not exactly what England don't need now.Jade need to better his abilities in county if he wants to continue in international arena.Frankly,he doesn't make us feel he's here to stay.Also I think it's better to have Root as one drop if a wicket falls early.He wouldn't need to bat with the tail as he did in the last two matches.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

@zuber21886 - Yep. They deserve a higher spot than 1, if there is one.

Posted by womenlovecricket on (January 22, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

@ zuber21886 : why do you think India doesn't deserve number 1 spot. They have won matches fair and square so therefore they deserve it. Just because a team goes through a rough patch it doesn't mean that they don't deserve the credit. Give credit when credit is due. Say what you want when it comes to test but in ODIs and T20s India is a force to be recon with.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 22, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@ counterstrike1.6 Ravinder jandeja had score a triple century in your so called great domestic structure ... Pakistan cricket smoothness will going to end at S.Africa ... India should be thankful to wasim akram as shammi ahmed been selected for the 1st time in Oneday match after his interview , where he regards indian bowling to bleak with no future and pointed out shami ahmed to select for the team ..

Posted by I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on (January 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

England - Do or Die India - Don't Tie HaHa All The Best to Both Teams :-) Have a Good Day

Posted by o-bomb on (January 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

It's way beyond time to drop Kieswetter. He has very poor technique and struggles to rotate the strike. With the bat he's really just a slugger and nothing more. That wouldn't be so bad if he was a decent keeper, but he comes up short there too. I've always been surprised he's had so many opportunities. Buttler (or Bairstow) has to be worth a go behind the stumps. On another note, I'm a little surprised Jadeja is so unpopular with a lot of the Indian supporters. He looks a very useful all round cricketer (although I think I've only seen him play in India). Can any Indian fan please tell me why he isn't liked much please?

Posted by zuber21886 on (January 22, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

India don't deserve this No.1 spot, and i agree with "counterstrike1.6" in these posts.

Posted by coolmask on (January 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Contd:- Solution :- Start by changing the SELECTION COMMITTEE and the COACH. Bring in the best cricketing brains available with the likes of Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar and of course not to forget Kapil Dev (Just to name a few). Maintain a rotation policy among players for all formats. Let the Selectors be bold enough to clarify to the media/fans alike justifing each selection. Address the media, take their questions be accountable for all defeats and dont brush it under the carpet. Remember all you wonderful Indian fans reading this : Test Cricket captainship and selection is NOT and NEVER will be DHONI's cup of tea , so he should quickly dettach/releive himself before it effects/ takes toll on the other formats. Leave the Test Cricket Arena to someone else who has the potential and technique to lead India.Enough said,I will leave the TEST format debate to some other day. I rest my case.Cheers to all. :-)

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja winning matches for India, James Frankling winning matches for NZ, pak cricket going smoothly. Something really wrong going on in Cricketing World nowadays.

Posted by AkDoN on (January 22, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Now ENG team has to won this as conditions are suitable to them. If they lose ( i guess they r going to) then these pomes should not present some new defeat excuses...ha ha ha

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