Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day July 26, 2010

Lefties loot India

Having no answers for Sri Lanka's left-hand batsmen has been at the heart of India's problems
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This is India's third game on the tour, and they have looked helpless on the first days of all three matches. Losing all three tosses hasn't helped, but having no answers for left-hand batsmen has been at the heart of their problems.

When Kumar Sangakkara brought up his century soon after Tharanga Paranavitana today, it was the seventh such effort from left-hand batsmen against the Indian attack on this tour so far. Only one right-hand batsman, Thilan Samaraweera in the practice match, has managed to reach three figures. There have been four hundred-plus stands between a pair of left-hand batsmen, and all that has come basically from just three days of cricket.

You could argue that the Sri Lankan right-hand batsmen haven't had much opportunity, and this is just a coincidence. This could well be a coincidence, but the Indian bowlers have at least asked some questions of the right-hand batsmen, and have also managed to keep the runs down. Against Sangakkara and Paranavitana, though, they have struggled to even hit the pads. In the practice game, Upul Tharanga and Thilina Kandamby were similarly untroubled. Samaraweera, on the other hand, struggled in the initially of his innings.

The problems that India had in the tour game have persisted. Zaheer Khan, one of the best Indian bowlers against left-hand batsmen, is missing. There is no Sreesanth to swing the ball in and create some doubt either. Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, not being swing bowlers, have struggled to do that off the seam throughout the tour. It has been easy for the batsmen to leave the deliveries going away from them with the angle. A few have moved slightly off the seam and passed the edges, but that has been about all.

There was one major difference between the warm-up game and the Tests though, that India would have looked forward to. Both the spinners then were turning the ball in towards the left-hand batsmen. The man who would replace one of them in the Test squad was the best spinner in India; someone who turned it away from the left-hand batsmen, and had the doosra too.

Sri Lanka have made a conscious effort to not let that man settle. All three innings that Harbhajan Singh has bowled in, he has been hit for at least one four in his first over. He has now bowled 54.1 overs in this series without a wicket.

"The last couple of times he has been here, we have handled him fairly well," Mahela Jayawardene wrote a day before the match. "He is a top-class bowler, and when you have a bowler of the calibre of Harbhajan, you have to try to get on top of him. Especially in this scenario, when India have a depleted bowling line-up. So he is under pressure to perform. If we can keep their No. 1 bowler under control, we will probably have won half the battle." Of those 54.1 barren overs, Harbhajan has bowled more than 41 to the left-handers.

India's most redeeming moments in the field have come against Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene. In Galle, albeit with some assistance from the pitch, Ishant and Mithun put in a really good session to get both batsmen. Even today India exercised some sort of control against Jayawardene, giving away just 13 off 56 deliveries, managing a couple of 'oohs' and 'aahs', which had deserted them for most of the day.

Having said all that, India were completely at the batsman's mercy when Dilshan was smashing everything around on the first morning of this Test. Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but after what the left-hand batsmen have done to them so far, India will probably take the northpaws.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on July 28, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Absolutely meaningless to say we r No.1 test side, without any bowling attack. I donno how someone can rank indi as No.1 test side. All marks to SL. Indian cricket is becoming like english football....too much hype and the players are like demigods, they hv all the records...but when it comes to performance ...we need luck..INDIA ALWAYS HAD PROBLEMS WITH SEAM BOWLERS ...and it will remain forever or atleast for a good long time....

  • cricmypassion on July 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @marcio: I agree with your logic, but I think you would find ways to blame the pitch if we made a spinning track. When its ok to have a seaming track in headingly and the match ends in a little over 3 days, why is it bad to have a turner and have the match end in 3 days?Its hypocrisy at its worst, and it is precisely this stupid reasoning that has caused BCCI to have batting paradises to avoid censure from ICC and complaints from visiting captains. Probably thats the reason why we don't have any good spinners coming out of India too. As far as India's attack goes, its the worst going around. SL won the last test on a batting pitch because of Malinga (Murali blew the tail away, that hardly counts). He is not there this time, lets see how SriLanka's bowlers fare, before passing a final judgment on the Indian attack.

  • tmartis on July 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    If you haven't already gotten your best score in either batting or bowling, THIS WAY. India will be here for another few week.

    It is time for us to take some drastic step to fix this problem if we want to be called "No. 1".

  • Jama on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have 2 things 2 say...

    1. India is so called no1 test nation and cricket is so called a religion in India. They can not produce 5 world class bowlers out of such a huge population (SHAME SHAME) 2. i have a suggestion for Indian cricket, they should play 10 specialist batsmen and a wicketkeeper coz if their specialist bowler has to bowl 40 overs to pick up a wicket then even Gambhir or Dravid should be able to bowl 40 overs and i guarantee that they will pick up more than 1 if they get to bowl 40 overs.

  • Jama on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have 2 things 2 say...

    1. India is so called no1 test nation and cricket is so called a religion in India. They can not produce 5 world class bowlers out of such a huge population (SHAME SHAME) 2. i have a suggestion for Indian cricket, they should play 10 specialist batsmen and a wicketkeeper coz if their specialist bowler has to bowl 40 overs to pick up a wicket then even Gambhir or Dravid should be able to bowl 40 overs and i guarantee that they will pick up more than 1 if they get to bowl 40 overs.

  • KiwiRocker- on July 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    What is with all this excuses? I am tired of reading Indian biased journalists on this web site. Stop blaming the pitches or injuries mate! Sometimes toss is blamed and other times it is because opposition has left handers. Reality is that India is an over rated team with too much hype. India has failed to win anything of note when it matters and non sensical rating of Indian team has lulled poor fans into some unrealistic expectations. If any time who is suffering from injuries is then it is Sri Lanka who does not have their main strike bowler. Zaheer has done OK because other Indian bowlers have been so pathetic. He has not been a Muralitharan or Malinga!Problem for India is that India has no back up bowlers and India's much famed batting line up is old and jagged. It is time for selectors to make hard calls and show door to selfish players like Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh. Honestly Harbhajan Singh's bowling is a joke against Sri Lankan and Pakistanis. I predict a brown wash of 3-0

  • anonymousfan on July 27, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    @Shridhar_Malur : Spot on. Totally agree with you. Why can't the BCCI appoint someone like Sourav Ganguly to unearth some decent bowling talent. He did that when he was the captain.

  • VipulPatki on July 27, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Both Indians (in anguish) and others (sometimes, in glee) are seeing that Indian team is far from the No. 1 test team in the world. I am sure that Pakistani attack in exactly similar conditions would have posed significant problems to the Sri Lankan bowlers. Although I am an Indian fan, I sincerely hope this test match results in a heavy defeat for Indians. Probably only a defeat can convince BCCI of the shortage of bowling talent in India. no point blaming the pitches when things don't go your way....

  • on July 27, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Bowlers not in the Form. I pathan is instead of mithun & R.P. Singh instead of I Sharma, M Kartik instead of H Singh. if india loss the series not team mistake. Team selected man(Srikanth) mistake

  • Rogue777 on July 27, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Tell me how did Malinga and Murali Bowl out the "so called brilliant Indian batting line up" twice in a "so called dead flat pitch" ? Remember in just 4 days of play there was a result That is not a dead pitch. Remember a dead pitch is not pitch where India lose a test match! It is a pitch like most Indian pitches which statistically provide the most number of draws!

  • on July 28, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Absolutely meaningless to say we r No.1 test side, without any bowling attack. I donno how someone can rank indi as No.1 test side. All marks to SL. Indian cricket is becoming like english football....too much hype and the players are like demigods, they hv all the records...but when it comes to performance ...we need luck..INDIA ALWAYS HAD PROBLEMS WITH SEAM BOWLERS ...and it will remain forever or atleast for a good long time....

  • cricmypassion on July 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @marcio: I agree with your logic, but I think you would find ways to blame the pitch if we made a spinning track. When its ok to have a seaming track in headingly and the match ends in a little over 3 days, why is it bad to have a turner and have the match end in 3 days?Its hypocrisy at its worst, and it is precisely this stupid reasoning that has caused BCCI to have batting paradises to avoid censure from ICC and complaints from visiting captains. Probably thats the reason why we don't have any good spinners coming out of India too. As far as India's attack goes, its the worst going around. SL won the last test on a batting pitch because of Malinga (Murali blew the tail away, that hardly counts). He is not there this time, lets see how SriLanka's bowlers fare, before passing a final judgment on the Indian attack.

  • tmartis on July 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    If you haven't already gotten your best score in either batting or bowling, THIS WAY. India will be here for another few week.

    It is time for us to take some drastic step to fix this problem if we want to be called "No. 1".

  • Jama on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have 2 things 2 say...

    1. India is so called no1 test nation and cricket is so called a religion in India. They can not produce 5 world class bowlers out of such a huge population (SHAME SHAME) 2. i have a suggestion for Indian cricket, they should play 10 specialist batsmen and a wicketkeeper coz if their specialist bowler has to bowl 40 overs to pick up a wicket then even Gambhir or Dravid should be able to bowl 40 overs and i guarantee that they will pick up more than 1 if they get to bowl 40 overs.

  • Jama on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have 2 things 2 say...

    1. India is so called no1 test nation and cricket is so called a religion in India. They can not produce 5 world class bowlers out of such a huge population (SHAME SHAME) 2. i have a suggestion for Indian cricket, they should play 10 specialist batsmen and a wicketkeeper coz if their specialist bowler has to bowl 40 overs to pick up a wicket then even Gambhir or Dravid should be able to bowl 40 overs and i guarantee that they will pick up more than 1 if they get to bowl 40 overs.

  • KiwiRocker- on July 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    What is with all this excuses? I am tired of reading Indian biased journalists on this web site. Stop blaming the pitches or injuries mate! Sometimes toss is blamed and other times it is because opposition has left handers. Reality is that India is an over rated team with too much hype. India has failed to win anything of note when it matters and non sensical rating of Indian team has lulled poor fans into some unrealistic expectations. If any time who is suffering from injuries is then it is Sri Lanka who does not have their main strike bowler. Zaheer has done OK because other Indian bowlers have been so pathetic. He has not been a Muralitharan or Malinga!Problem for India is that India has no back up bowlers and India's much famed batting line up is old and jagged. It is time for selectors to make hard calls and show door to selfish players like Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh. Honestly Harbhajan Singh's bowling is a joke against Sri Lankan and Pakistanis. I predict a brown wash of 3-0

  • anonymousfan on July 27, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    @Shridhar_Malur : Spot on. Totally agree with you. Why can't the BCCI appoint someone like Sourav Ganguly to unearth some decent bowling talent. He did that when he was the captain.

  • VipulPatki on July 27, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Both Indians (in anguish) and others (sometimes, in glee) are seeing that Indian team is far from the No. 1 test team in the world. I am sure that Pakistani attack in exactly similar conditions would have posed significant problems to the Sri Lankan bowlers. Although I am an Indian fan, I sincerely hope this test match results in a heavy defeat for Indians. Probably only a defeat can convince BCCI of the shortage of bowling talent in India. no point blaming the pitches when things don't go your way....

  • on July 27, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Bowlers not in the Form. I pathan is instead of mithun & R.P. Singh instead of I Sharma, M Kartik instead of H Singh. if india loss the series not team mistake. Team selected man(Srikanth) mistake

  • Rogue777 on July 27, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Tell me how did Malinga and Murali Bowl out the "so called brilliant Indian batting line up" twice in a "so called dead flat pitch" ? Remember in just 4 days of play there was a result That is not a dead pitch. Remember a dead pitch is not pitch where India lose a test match! It is a pitch like most Indian pitches which statistically provide the most number of draws!

  • govin.acs on July 27, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Just wondering if it is possible to extract couple of staffs ( a bowler and an all rounder) from 1.2 billion odd indian population for the world cup contest.

  • Marcio on July 27, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I said it last time Australia were in India. These flat pitches are bad for cricket. if you have a decent batting side, the team winning the toss bats first, posts at least 400 (prob 500 plus), then sits back and waits for the other team to make mistakes. The only team with a realistic chance of winning is the team batting first, so the tosses decide the series. In the Aust-India series Australia almost won the first game when they won the toss and batted first, then lost 2 of the next 3 games when they lost the toss and batted second. Now the shoe is on the other foot for India. What goes around comes around, as I always say. As an Aussie I'd rather lose an exciting test match on a sticky wicket to the Pakistani's in England, than to see us lose a mindless series in the subcontinent with clay pitches and a team sitting on a 500 run lead, setting an 8-1 offside field, bowling 2 feet outside off stump, then accusing the opposition of being "defensive".

  • nataraajds on July 27, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    What a poor show by indian bowlers. Now it's sure that india has to chase 600+ total again, i wish our 7 batsman can come to the party and avoid fallowon & then try for a draw..

  • luvelydude on July 27, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    buddies it doesnt matter if india plays wid 4 or 5 bowlers......wat matters is the penetrating power of the bowlers which india lacks.....even ther's no bench strength in fast bowling....wats more pathetic is spinners....do we have ny quality spinner after jumbo's retirement.....nd moreover in subcontinents the general trend is bat first score 500+.....nd wait 4 enforcing followon.....otherwise wait 4 draw....lolzz...if dis's d trend of test cricket it surely gonna b dumped by the viewers. wake up cricket boards.its high time.

  • Chrishan on July 27, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Excuses excuses. When India lose it's a "dead" pitch. If anyone is to blame for dead pitches it is India. Teams don't follow-on on dead pitches. Even if the pitch was seaming India still wouldn't have the pace attack to exploit it. When was the last time India won a match because of it's bowlers?!?

  • qamar.uddin on July 27, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    To me Indian bowlers looked very ordinary, I think Bangladesh have better bowling attack than India..India quickies looked to be very ordinary and spinners are harmless...poor staff from number one!

  • Crickettalent on July 27, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    How's feeling, Number 1 test nations......? :)

  • KKSid on July 27, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Pakistan is in Asia too i think ;). Well you are right had the series been in Pakistan this would have been the thing. I think All test Matches should be played in England and Australia. Good Pitches and evenly balanced match between bat and ball.

  • kaustubhss on July 27, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Indian spinners try to bowl too fast...Avg speed for both the spinners was around 80kph...there is no variation in their speed and they are scared of tossing the ball.....they cannot extract any spin and bounce if they bowl like this.

  • the_blaster on July 27, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    @Shridhar_Malur: Maybe Dhoni is smart and realizes that given India's pithy bowling resources, a fifth bowler might not fare better than a part-timer, but an additional batsman might just allow India to bat their way out of jail. Although I wouldn't agree with the choice of Yuvraj against Murali and co. How about Murali Kartik, possibly India's best spinner that never played. @shanshan: Agree - these subcontinent tests are killing Test cricket with their predictability. Win the toss and bat. Can't lose. Ponting probably wishes he had chosen to bowl, but that's the beauty of a pitch that has something for both bat and ball.

  • parakum on July 27, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @shnshan did you notice that there was a result in the first test match with a 'dead' pitch, even after losing a day for rain? If India played against Australia on that 'live' pitch, Australia would have made 400 and India would have lost by innings. Pakistan at least has a bowling attack to make use of that pitch. So instead of blaming the pitch, accept that fact that India has a boring, toothless bowling attack.

  • wolf777 on July 27, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    'Indian spin attack' is an oxymoron. Indian spinners on day one bowled 44 overs, took 1 wicket and gave up 120 runs. The first test was even more depressing. Both of them conceded 248 runs in 63.1 overs and took no wickets. I don't know what the need for an extra batsman was when all four bowlers are performing in such a pathetic fashion.

  • on July 27, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Not to forget Rangana Herath who has scored his best first class score of 80 not out surely would had got the 100 if sanga had not declared. Why not try with totally left handers by Sri lanka if they will in this test. Upul Tharanga, Thararanga Paratnawithana, sanga, Lahiru Thirimanna, Kandambi,Welagedara,Thilina thushara, Rangana Herath. are 8 I can really call

    please give me one all rounder, keeper & spinner who are lefties in bat :)

  • on July 27, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    This is quiet clealry Test cricket at its worst. The pitch looks really really flat. I don't think India will have any problems posting similar score now that Malinga and Murli are not playing. DRAW is written all over this.

  • crickeyt on July 27, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    What do these team think-tanks get paid for? Seems a no-brainer that if batting is your strength, your bowlers are not penetrative enough and the opposition is likely to grind you down with their own batting, then you play 5 bowlers! What is the argument for playing 4 bowlers in this situation?

  • on July 27, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    but dt game ended in 3 days....lol

  • kaiser1 on July 27, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    where is Ashih Nehra and Irfan Pathan, Any ways how many bowlers have taken hat-trick of first three deliveries of a test match cricket? Where is Manpreet Goni who looked very reliable high arm action bowler. ashish Nehra could control lefties very well. If India wishes its own miseries to be compounded, what can any one do about it.

  • Uchistha on July 27, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    I would like to get support of other INDIANS and cricketers...Why does DHONI keep on saying BATTING IS OUR STRENGTH and also HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE NUMBER ONE RANKING....come on we all know there are teams that are better than India but India somehow is number one because of Sachin and Sehwag and Dravid And Laxman....he is lucky to have them .We care about being number one beacuse it shows on ICC rankings and I read his article the other day that RANKINGS will take care of itself ......batting is our Strength and at the end of every match Bowlers did a very good job....but is he trying to fool 150000000000 people ......DHONI SORRY MATE I USED TO LIKE YOU bt nw iam sick of ur stories and attitude

  • Hugh-Garse on July 27, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    to shridhar malur, the last time a captain consistently won matches with 4 bowlers was the australian team with McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Warne of the early 2000's.....give the aussie teams some credit for once

  • RanjitW on July 27, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    To Shanshan : Every team goes to a match trying to do the best and win a match. No team expects to lose. That is natural. Secondly, Asian or not , if you are a good cricketer you must adjust to pitches dead or not. Each country has different climates and that makes pitches behave differently. If the Aussies and the British or any other cannot play in such conditions that's their weakness. You can't expect every pitch t be prepared to suit them. That is nonsense!

  • viju_009 on July 27, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    I think one of the reasons for left handers doing well against this attack is neither of the fast bowlers are good at bringing the ball back into to left hander and they lack variety. I havent seen a single yorker or slower from them.They could have got in Mishra instead of Raina and given more responsibility to bhaji and mithun.

  • Desihungama on July 26, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    We should not put all blame on Indian bowlers as this is the result of a typical Asian dead beat wickets. This is how a Test match loses its charm. India being the pioneer in sub continent (In cricketing terms) should take the lead in preparing result oriented bouncy wickets. Don't you guys know yet Pakistan has to follow suit? Good luck to both teams. Fan from Pak.

  • anb333 on July 26, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Well I wont blame Dhoni for all this. Indian bowling has been a problem for so long now. Dead witckets are not helping either. On these dead wickets you need someone to swing the ball reverse or conventional somewhere around 85mph. Thats what malinga did he was not using the pitch to that extend. He was either bowling short or yorkers. I dont know what is Harbhajan trying to do, he is one of the best off-spinners and he is not getting any wickets at all. Moreover @ shanshan, 2nd test between pak and aus, you must have seen that the bowlers were not using the pitch that well. They were pitching the ball up to get some swing due to over-head conditions. It was swinging more than it was seaming. Most of the wickets which fell were due to batsmen beaten by swing rather than seam movement.

  • Shash28 on July 26, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    In response to shanshan: the perfect pitch should always have something in for both bat and ball... day 1 for swing, day 2 and 3 for batting, 4 and 5 for spin... but Asian pitches rarely meet those standards. But, SLankan pitches aren't as flat as Pak, or Indias... look at the amount of games that end in result in SL - I believe it's 2nd or 3rd best amongst All-Test countries... as for England - most of those pitches are sporting thanks to the conditions which can't be replicated in the subcontinent.

  • khanq on July 26, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    totally agree with Shridhar_Malur that india has worthless bowling attack

  • nikhilpuri on July 26, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Harbhajan's poor record away from home is once again highlighted here. In 47 tests at home, he has taken 237 wickets at 27.64, a good bowling average, with an average of little more than 5 wickets per match. In 38 tests away, he has taken 118 wickets at 39.12, with an average of little over 3 wickets per match. Not only is his bowling average away appalling for someone considered one of the best off-spinners in the world, it highlights his problem adapting to foreign conditions, different balls used and what not. Our fast bowlers are an even more woeful sight. India's bowling looks pathetic to say the least. No bench strength at all without Sreesanth & Zaheer.

  • BustIPL on July 26, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Dear Shridhar_Malur: It is not the matter of an extra batsman or bowler rather it is the quuality of playing and backup bowlers that matters. Bowlers are given a lot of media hype as soon as they resemble a little bit to the greats and they are not actually able to perform according to the situation. Nobody will believe these bowlers are making their way in the national team after real talent hunt as the country of 100 crore where criket is religion should have more to offer. It points to some signs of corruption in this area. I heard somebody saying that Murali mentioned bhajji as next in line after him but he might be highly submissive at that time. I mean to say that the result of this test is going to be same as the last one and Suraj Randiv might prove that he is next to Murali and not even Ajantha.

  • on July 26, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    We truly lack match winning bowlers since Anil Kumble; no matter how much he got criticism during his career but truly he is our match winner after Kapil Dev. I still don't get it how we are suppose to win test matches with 4 specialist bowlers (except Bhajji) nobody is more experienced & also where the heck Mithun come as specialist Test bowler?? Yuvi same old crap problem (no fitness) still I wonder how he got selected each time (if you drop them, it make a big news.. that's insane..) He has given so much opportunities throughout his career. I think we were better prepared last year for world cup than this year.. I think 2011 is same old saga as 2007.. OMG I don't know to see SRT's departure like early exit in the world cup..

    Wake up selectors.. do something..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 26, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Can't help but agree a bit with shanshan, these matches are more like ODI's played for 5 days rather than test matches, since there is no TEST for the batsmen. Poor bowlers on either side who either can't bowl a regular 145+ or turn a ball square on concrete (sad was the day an aging Murali retired) doesn't allow the slim chance for an occasional moment of brilliance to shake things up.

  • lelouch on July 26, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    shanshan... the last test was on a 'flat track', yet there was a result despite having one day washed out. I believe that's closer to 'cricket' than the pathetic batting on display in england at the moment.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on July 26, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    fantastic contribution from Shridhar_Malur spot on mate! he has highlighted the main problem of India - defensive mindset ! how many times have we now seen that once sehwag is out, out go india's chances of making a decent fist of any match! as he says you hafve to trust your top 5 batsmen plus dhoni to put up a decent score - especially on the subcontinent. you need one bowler who can bowl steadily all day, then you need a varied stable of 4 other bowlers with penetration.

    and one more thing you need is PREPARATION - when will the BCCI stop counting its pennies and start to give the indian team at least 2 warmup matches at the start of any tour (and at least one more first class match between the tests) ??!! No wonder test cricket is dying when test players have no opportunity to practice in the middle before the start of a test series!

    Full marks to Sri Lanka for so surgically exposing the glaring weaknesses in the Indian lineup - only a kickass drubbing will force a change!.

  • on July 26, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Nice Test Series.... ICC should review the procedure of Test ranking it's hilarious that India is still leading the set, and yes these dead pitches are one of the major factor for declining interest in Test matches. I am hoping to see some exciting test matches between India and Pak in future...

  • givemefood on July 26, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    It's time the indian government offered passports to Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif. I would say lets offer passport to Ajmal to replace our pathetic spinners. It will be a blessing to a nation of billions that hasn't produced 1 decent pace bowler in decades... Even Dhoni won't be able to pull a bunny out of his helmet this time.

  • Current_Cricket on July 26, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    India has this problem for a time. Look back in history and you'll find the names of S. Jaysurya, G. Kirsten, A. Flower, S. Anwar, M. Tescothick, M. Hayden, S. Chandrapaul and so on. They all dominated Indian attack even when their team was struggling against the same attack.

    Only I. Pathan (in early stage of his career) and Z. Khan troubled the lefties.

  • elevenversuseleven on July 26, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Back @ shanshan, totally agree with your comments, to all cricket lovers out there Test Cricket without a doubt is the base and foundation of the game in the purist form. If your not any good as a player you'll be found wanting at Test level. As to why cricket pitches are so dead in Asia, go figure? Wrong people running the show with there own egenders. Next, why is the Ashes so well worth watching? Because it's an exhilarating contest; eleven versus eleven! That's it, a great contest that we love to watch, not just seeing Sangakara and perhaps next, Dravid or Laxman grind down the bowling attack. I would love to see a result here, good luck to both teams.

  • on July 26, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    "He has now bowled 54.1 overs in this series without a wicket" - Bhajji's failure in this series only strengthens Bedi's comments when he said - Sehwag is the best off-spinner in India (at-least he has taken a wicket in this series). Now we all know Murali was just KIDDING when he said Bhajji could take over his record --- Ha Ha Ha (May be if India plays every single test for the next 10 years at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium)

  • NewYorkCricket on July 26, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    The wickets in the subcontinent are pathetic. The administrators are probably deliberately preparing such wickets to kill test cricket.

  • vaidyar on July 26, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Last time when Kumble went wicketless for one test questions were asked about his presence in the team, and he was the captain!...wonder if similar questions are going to be asked of Harbhajan who has generally been listless most of the matches?

  • NISH67 on July 26, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    The pitches are not the problem , the toothless nature of the attack is . Test cricket is supposed to be played over 5 days - that's why its called a "TEST" of one's skill and temperament over a sustained period of time . If a supposed test match of 5 days finishes within 3 days , it says a lot about the nature of the pitch , overhead conditions and or the weakness of one team against the other - however if the match finishes in the last session of the 5th day in favour of one team , then that match has featured equally suitable conditions for both teams within the framework available and the better side has won . What matters for test cricket to prosper are not 3 day matches but a result at the end of 5 days , with the first couple of days days good for batting and the pitch conditions helping out the bowlers gradually in the next 3 days - a case in point for an excellent match being the 1st test between these 2 teams .

  • on July 26, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Precisely noted in the very first sentence.. HOPELESS! Thats what the current Indian bowling attack is. You only talk of records and past when you know from within that you cannot give/expect 100% from players. It baffles me that just across the border the region is full with talent such as Aamer, Asif, Gul, and India can only find A. Mithun out of desperation. BCCI should take a leaf from PCB on their programs that produce such quality fast bowlers.

    I still find it difficult that India cannot produce a world-class leg/wrist spinner (I do not count Kumble as a leg spinner). May be they should send their young crop to Australia under Jenner.. Not playing Amit Mishra is a sin and hope someone mentions that now.

  • crikbuff on July 26, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Serious questions must be asked about Harbhajan's ability and skill to perform in test cricket. Off spinners should love to bowl to left handed batsmen, but our so-called great offie is clueless. After Kumble's retirement, he is unable to take up the elad spinner's role. He bowls too defensively for test cricket, without bothering to flight the ball and deceive the batsmen with loop. He gets cut and pulled too often to put any pressure. He is the most over-rated bowler today. India must look beyond Harbhajan and bring in some new talent like Iqbal Abdulla.

  • prasadjvsk on July 26, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    I think finding a reliable and ideal player, either a batting allrounder or a bowling all-rounder, is the need of the hour for the team in India. India should also consider having a 6+5 combination instead of its 7+4 combination now, if at all we are to retain the World #1 ranking and maintain that standing for a long time to come, in future. There is serious threat for that ranking in this series itself, though, god willing, we might just manage to hang on to it for a little longer. India is going through a transiition phase and the first thing that should get attention is the search for an allrounder - one similar to KAPIL DEV, or atleast of MANOJ Prabakar's calibre. The Board and other responsible people - WILL YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO IT?

  • mike001 on July 26, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    This match was no match between Bat and Bowl. If there are admistrators listening please make a point that cricket is played with Bat and Bowl and not just batsmen making runs, to add to it Indian bowlers seem to be dragging thr tail. If they say test is losing interest it becoz of such pitches and Administrators being latheric in taking steps to improve it. We can watch a yester year highlights thn watching this kind cricket.? No wounder ther are no takers for TV rights at high price.

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Indeed cricket is a game played with bat and ball both and not with bat only!

  • SaifQazi on July 26, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    sorry for sayin this Monga, bt Mithun did beat Paranvitana on numerous occassions durin the day, n on a betta day, they cud've been edges to the keepr.. n he did that with seam movement.. the trouble is, apart from the fact that Indian team doesnt sport a good bowlin line-up, the state of the wickets. it all cums down to the fact, that bowlers's career have greatly shortened coz of the these wickets.. i agree with shanshan that wickets r the ones that r causin trouble... Malinga took wickets thru the use of pace n full-length deliveries. now every1 cant do that n v all agree to it, Murali was sumthin special.

    its high time now that the administrations in the subcontinent do sumthin abt the state of the wickets, mayb hirin sum foreign curators or else like Imran Khan said "face bowlers will exctinct like dinosaurs did" how true is that..!!

  • prasadjvsk on July 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I watched with interest the 2nd test with a fond hope that absence of malinga and presence of 4 new bowlers in srilanka team will raise the prospects for a fitting reply to Sri Lanka in the second test. But Alas! Our bowlers and captain let me down badly. What were our bowlers, especially spinners, doing? In radio commentary, one commentator rightly pointed out that the art of flight in spin bowling has been forgotten, and an allrounder in Indian team has become an extinct species. What is our Board doing and where our Cricket - especially Test Cricket is going? Feel very bad about our present state of affairs and our shoddy performance in field today. Let's pray that the stalwarts try to atleast some of the pride and not fall prey to Suraj Randiv - a promising debutant from Sri Lanka. Indis is renowned for making Heroes. With due regards to Randiv, let India not fall prey to Randiv and handover the test to Sri Lanka.

  • SnowSnake on July 26, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I don't know if I should laugh or cry or start watching baseball instead. Is it flat pitches that I should laugh at or poor Indian bowling that I should cry? Or should I consider cricket as an unfair game where the team winning the toss gets to tire the team bowling and then bowl at the tired team on day 3 onwards to go on to win/draw? May be basball got it right, a series of 7 innings played alternately by each team where advantage of toss does not mean much. This match is not looking very interesting to me.

  • Bharat_123 on July 26, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Well this is getting very embarrassing for India now. I live in the UK and get up at around 5 30 to watch this broadcast, and even then i watch it online. After getting up today i felt India could produce a fighting performance after what happened in Galle in the last test. However as soon as i heard who won the toss and what they elected to do my dreams were blown away. Even though i had something in my heart telling me Ishant could produce a quality spell of bowling with the new ball, there was something telling me in my brain that Dilshan was at the crease. Well the first 1 hour told the story. Dilshan smacking the ball to all-parts. All i can say is in a country of a billion is it that hard to produce someone like Mohammed Amir. Come on. EVERYONE PLEASE READ MY VIEW ON ALL THAT IS UNFOLDING IN SL, AND POST WHAT U THINK. WILL BE APPRECIATED. THANKS

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I hope 'KARTHIK FROM CHENNAI' is following this test too after his comments about pak team playing in qualifying rounds. I am sure he must be so ashamed of himself that he woudnt even dare to come and comment on his 'TEAM INDIA' perfromance. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Shridhar_Malur on July 26, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Unfortunately Dhoni is no swashbuckling buccaneer when it comes to captaincy although his brand builders would like us to believe otherwise. His defensive mindset has made things worse than what they are, in this series. For e.g. The last time a captain consistently won matches with 4 bowlers was when the bowlers answered to the names of Holding, Roberts, Marshall and Garner. What is the use of shouting from the rooftops that your top 4 batsmen have a 50+ average and the no.5 has a 46+ average if you don't trust them to put up a decent score? The Indian ""think tank"" if you can call it that is thus handing over the initiative to the opposition even before they step out on to the field by going in with an extra batsman. The bowling of course has been in a sorry state for some time now. The medium pacers/honest trundlers lack penetration and the spinners are clueless about what format of the game they are playing.Without a doubt this is the worst attack among all test playing nations

  • shanshan on July 26, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Why asian tems are so scared to losing test matches? why they have to play on dead pitches? did anyone watched the first day of second test between australia and pakistan. That's call Cricket!!

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  • shanshan on July 26, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Why asian tems are so scared to losing test matches? why they have to play on dead pitches? did anyone watched the first day of second test between australia and pakistan. That's call Cricket!!

  • Shridhar_Malur on July 26, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Unfortunately Dhoni is no swashbuckling buccaneer when it comes to captaincy although his brand builders would like us to believe otherwise. His defensive mindset has made things worse than what they are, in this series. For e.g. The last time a captain consistently won matches with 4 bowlers was when the bowlers answered to the names of Holding, Roberts, Marshall and Garner. What is the use of shouting from the rooftops that your top 4 batsmen have a 50+ average and the no.5 has a 46+ average if you don't trust them to put up a decent score? The Indian ""think tank"" if you can call it that is thus handing over the initiative to the opposition even before they step out on to the field by going in with an extra batsman. The bowling of course has been in a sorry state for some time now. The medium pacers/honest trundlers lack penetration and the spinners are clueless about what format of the game they are playing.Without a doubt this is the worst attack among all test playing nations

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I hope 'KARTHIK FROM CHENNAI' is following this test too after his comments about pak team playing in qualifying rounds. I am sure he must be so ashamed of himself that he woudnt even dare to come and comment on his 'TEAM INDIA' perfromance. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Bharat_123 on July 26, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Well this is getting very embarrassing for India now. I live in the UK and get up at around 5 30 to watch this broadcast, and even then i watch it online. After getting up today i felt India could produce a fighting performance after what happened in Galle in the last test. However as soon as i heard who won the toss and what they elected to do my dreams were blown away. Even though i had something in my heart telling me Ishant could produce a quality spell of bowling with the new ball, there was something telling me in my brain that Dilshan was at the crease. Well the first 1 hour told the story. Dilshan smacking the ball to all-parts. All i can say is in a country of a billion is it that hard to produce someone like Mohammed Amir. Come on. EVERYONE PLEASE READ MY VIEW ON ALL THAT IS UNFOLDING IN SL, AND POST WHAT U THINK. WILL BE APPRECIATED. THANKS

  • SnowSnake on July 26, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I don't know if I should laugh or cry or start watching baseball instead. Is it flat pitches that I should laugh at or poor Indian bowling that I should cry? Or should I consider cricket as an unfair game where the team winning the toss gets to tire the team bowling and then bowl at the tired team on day 3 onwards to go on to win/draw? May be basball got it right, a series of 7 innings played alternately by each team where advantage of toss does not mean much. This match is not looking very interesting to me.

  • prasadjvsk on July 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I watched with interest the 2nd test with a fond hope that absence of malinga and presence of 4 new bowlers in srilanka team will raise the prospects for a fitting reply to Sri Lanka in the second test. But Alas! Our bowlers and captain let me down badly. What were our bowlers, especially spinners, doing? In radio commentary, one commentator rightly pointed out that the art of flight in spin bowling has been forgotten, and an allrounder in Indian team has become an extinct species. What is our Board doing and where our Cricket - especially Test Cricket is going? Feel very bad about our present state of affairs and our shoddy performance in field today. Let's pray that the stalwarts try to atleast some of the pride and not fall prey to Suraj Randiv - a promising debutant from Sri Lanka. Indis is renowned for making Heroes. With due regards to Randiv, let India not fall prey to Randiv and handover the test to Sri Lanka.

  • SaifQazi on July 26, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    sorry for sayin this Monga, bt Mithun did beat Paranvitana on numerous occassions durin the day, n on a betta day, they cud've been edges to the keepr.. n he did that with seam movement.. the trouble is, apart from the fact that Indian team doesnt sport a good bowlin line-up, the state of the wickets. it all cums down to the fact, that bowlers's career have greatly shortened coz of the these wickets.. i agree with shanshan that wickets r the ones that r causin trouble... Malinga took wickets thru the use of pace n full-length deliveries. now every1 cant do that n v all agree to it, Murali was sumthin special.

    its high time now that the administrations in the subcontinent do sumthin abt the state of the wickets, mayb hirin sum foreign curators or else like Imran Khan said "face bowlers will exctinct like dinosaurs did" how true is that..!!

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Indeed cricket is a game played with bat and ball both and not with bat only!

  • mike001 on July 26, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    This match was no match between Bat and Bowl. If there are admistrators listening please make a point that cricket is played with Bat and Bowl and not just batsmen making runs, to add to it Indian bowlers seem to be dragging thr tail. If they say test is losing interest it becoz of such pitches and Administrators being latheric in taking steps to improve it. We can watch a yester year highlights thn watching this kind cricket.? No wounder ther are no takers for TV rights at high price.

  • prasadjvsk on July 26, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    I think finding a reliable and ideal player, either a batting allrounder or a bowling all-rounder, is the need of the hour for the team in India. India should also consider having a 6+5 combination instead of its 7+4 combination now, if at all we are to retain the World #1 ranking and maintain that standing for a long time to come, in future. There is serious threat for that ranking in this series itself, though, god willing, we might just manage to hang on to it for a little longer. India is going through a transiition phase and the first thing that should get attention is the search for an allrounder - one similar to KAPIL DEV, or atleast of MANOJ Prabakar's calibre. The Board and other responsible people - WILL YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO IT?