India in West Indies 2011 July 11, 2011

Chances grabbed and missed

ESPNcricinfo reviews the performances of the India players in the Tests against West Indies
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Abhinav Mukund seized the opportunity
Abhinav impressed with his grit. He looks a player who is not going to dazzle your senses with his strokeplay but someone who will squeeze the most of his talent to do the job. With M Vijay's failure, Abhinav has grabbed his chance to become the third opener. He got a start in the first Test, moved on a little further in the second and made a fifty in the third Test, showing consistent improvement.

M Vijay let himself down
This was a big chance for Vijay to nail the third opener's spot. It was a rare full series that he got but his technique against the moving ball proved iffy. He was almost a walking wicket to Ravi Rampaul and couldn't handle the seaming pitches in the first two Tests. He showed considerable grit in the first innings of the second Test when he hung around for a couple of hours in tough conditions but couldn't convert it. By the end of the series, he had dropped out of selectorial favour. He will look back and see this tour as a great opportunity lost.

Rahul Dravid carried on
Dravid showed his class and worth in the second innings of the first Test. It was a knock from the Dravid school of batting. This was an important series for him ahead of the England tour. It was his chance to get back into touch and form considering the last he played for India was way back in January, and he did not disappoint.

So did VVS Laxman
Laxman remained the crisis man for India and there was no surprise to anyone when he played that knock in the second Test. If it can be said, his defensive technique seems to have become better over the years. He used to have the itch to play at most deliveries earlier in his career but nowadays he is showing greater restraint. It is something that will serve him well in England.

Virat Kohli got a reality check
It was expected by many that Kohli will grab his chance in this series and put further pressure on the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. He hasn't done that. The way he played the short ball in the first Test surprised many and he failed to convert his starts after that. In a chat he said he was perhaps too defensive in his mindset and had psyched himself too much about the shift to Test cricket. In that context, this series must have been a great learning and humbling experience. It can only help him.

Suresh Raina impressed
This could have been the series where Raina slipped and fell. Instead, he has put himself at the top of the contenders list for the middle order. He showed impressive patience in seaming conditions, a big heart in how he played the short ball, and a hunger to succeed. England will be a sterner test but Raina showed here that he is eager to stake his Test claim.

Dhoni was the usual Dhoni
Dhoni continued to be a batsman who does well in patches in Test cricket. He breaks an almost anonymous run of innings with one substantial knock and this series was no different. Just when you began to notice his lack of contributions he came up with a good effort in the final Test.

Harbhajan Singh was relieved
Harbhajan couldn't forgive himself how he missed out on taking a bunch of wickets in Jamaica and was made to wait till the third Test to reach the 400 mark. His best effort came on the fourth day of the final Test. He turned in stirring spells throughout the day and even tormented Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He was lacklustre on the final day, though, and continued to stick to the leg-stump line plan to Fidel Edwards even when it was evident that it wasn't working. Perhaps he, like the rest of the bowlers, was too tired by then. He will look back at this series with relief that the burden of reaching the landmark is over.

Ishant Sharma rediscovered himself
Ishant found his rhythm. The pitches were conducive and the West Indies batsmen didn't offer great resistance in the first two Tests but with Ishant it was almost an inner battle. The wrist position at the release, the run-up, the rhythm and all those things that were clearly out of place in recent times were at an ideal state in this series. How he will fare against tougher opposition, only time will tell. He hit the deck, bowled with a lot of heart and with a better understanding and control over his art. The only worrying thing was he looked dead tired by the fourth day of the final Test. India will still have to preserve him and look after him even though he has made rapid strides in the fitness department.

Hard luck for Munaf Patel
Unfortunately Munaf missed the first two Tests that were played on helpful tracks. He was the best seamer on view when the pitch was at its most sluggish phase on the fourth day of the third Test. Ishant seemed spent by then and Praveen Kumar was thwarted by the conditions but Munaf extracted something from the dull surface.

Praveen Kumar took his chance
Praveen showed that he should have got the Test chance earlier than this. India had turned to Jaidev Unadkat before him. Praveen grabbed the chances on offer and impressed in the first two Tests with his ability to move the ball around. India might well be tempted to see how he bowls in English conditions. He could just do the job that RP Singh did so well on their previous tour of England.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Kohli's success in ODIs and Raina's grit in tests show the value of international experience, and proves those two as only genuine contenders for batting slots apart from Pujara. Mukund showed some progress through the series. Ishant and Sreesanth need to complement their obvious skills and learn all they can from Zaheer. Munaf and Praveen would remain the next bests though a yard or two of pace would be welcome. Unfortunately as it happens with plenty of choices Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary and M Vijay (curiously) seem to have struggled to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket. As Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer and Tendulkar phase themselves out - let's be thankful for an era where they plied their trade together.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Look at the Big names mentioned in this article & tell me why is the Indian team called a 2nd string team. WI is ranked #7. And without Gayle, Bravo sr, and Taylor, what would u call it? WI almost embarrassed the #1 team.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | July 12, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    @Yash Ranade...are you serious? That is exactly what was said about Mohammad Asif (before the scandal) and look how successful the pairing of Amir and Asif proved to be (before the scandal). Asif also bowls in low 80s to high 70s. He is by no means a tear away but brilliant swing bowler.

    One thing I give you is that English conditions become sub-continental conditions towards the end of summer (starting July). So, we can expect to see bat dominating. However, I think PK adds a lot of value with his ability to swing. He has proved thus, by bowling his life out on Indian pitches in Ranji trophy. UP did not become Ranji contenders just for their batting. They had PK.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    The way the team is going is fine but the pace attack is still something we need to focus on. They should add the tailender knocking out deliveries in their armory. It is really sad that the same story where tailenders put up fight against Indian attacks and take the test away from India continues. I still remember 4 wickets left and whole last day still Pakistan managed a draw. In the last test Fidel Edwards put up a fight. This is something not expected of the no.1 test team in the world.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | July 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    @Manish Hemdev -- Since 2008 when Ganguly retired youngsters have been given enough chance to prove their capabilities and truly speaking if you can't take your chances for so long then their is surly a problem.

    Youngsters are good but GOOD is enemy of BEST

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | July 12, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I am very happy for Praveen Kumar. Its nice to see this swinger perform in TESTS. After the legend Kapil Dev Nikanj and the likes of Manoj Prabhakar, we saw glimmer of hope in Irfan Pathan. Alas he seem to have lost his magic and gone into wilderness. Praveen, always a force to reckon with, will have more reasons to be happy in seaming wickets of England, That's for sure. Hope he gets into the XI ahead of much-hyped Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Raina technique has been pointed out by purists as one that will likely fail in tests. The same was said about Sehwag when he first came into the picture. How wrong has Sehwag proved them. In a less spectacular fashion..Raina has proved purists wrong. He may have shortcomings as test batter but he has grit, determination and fire to succeed and learn from mistakes.Mukund was impressive but looks like he is born at wrong time with Sehwag/Gambhir as openers for next 4 years atleast. Kohli will learn and he has potential and this series was an eye opener for him.Ishant and PK will trouble English batsman if green tracks are provided assuming ZAK will be back as third semamer. Either Munaf and Sreesanth can play 4th seamers role in England and England might just be forced to make a bit less greener tracks or repent.Bhajji needs to rediscover his mojo or some new spinners are knocking on the doors. Rahane and Pujara are 2 other good prospects waiting in wings for the Wall to retire.

  • POSTED BY anexpat on | July 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I agree with the author on most of the assessment apart from a few facts. None of the new comers cant honestlu say that they can replace either Dravid or Laxman. Strnage some have critised Dravid. take away both Laxman and Dravid , India would have even struggled more. Bhajji has taken a few wicets but on many occasions lacks bite. India lacked a bowler of the calibre of Kumble. They failed to win the test as they were unable to take last two wickets quickly. All the bowlers looked lost. Dhoni needs to contribute regularily not once in a while. I don't think Mukund is a third opener yet. Parthive can be the third opener if given a chnce to prove. He seems to lack support othewise In third test he should have been picked ( I am not sure that he was with the team). In all the three tests inaptitude of the openers used was ruthlessly exposed and Dravid had to pick up the pieces.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 12, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    The next two yrs could be a watershed moment in Ind cricket for next decade. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer and conceivably 2/3 other established players could retire or go out. Ind selectors need to offer chances to multitude of promising players to prove themselves without destabilizing the balance of the team. With the talent Ind has, I have no doubt they will be in the top 3/4 for next decade.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    I don't think we should include Praveen in the squad. He lacks in pace and he is a collingwood type of bowler. He won't trouble the English in their home conditions much.

    Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth seems to be the most successful Indian pace attack over recent times. They can be quite a handful if Zak does what he does best. Ishant gets bounce. And Sree gets the outswinger going at 140+

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Kohli's success in ODIs and Raina's grit in tests show the value of international experience, and proves those two as only genuine contenders for batting slots apart from Pujara. Mukund showed some progress through the series. Ishant and Sreesanth need to complement their obvious skills and learn all they can from Zaheer. Munaf and Praveen would remain the next bests though a yard or two of pace would be welcome. Unfortunately as it happens with plenty of choices Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary and M Vijay (curiously) seem to have struggled to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket. As Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer and Tendulkar phase themselves out - let's be thankful for an era where they plied their trade together.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Look at the Big names mentioned in this article & tell me why is the Indian team called a 2nd string team. WI is ranked #7. And without Gayle, Bravo sr, and Taylor, what would u call it? WI almost embarrassed the #1 team.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | July 12, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    @Yash Ranade...are you serious? That is exactly what was said about Mohammad Asif (before the scandal) and look how successful the pairing of Amir and Asif proved to be (before the scandal). Asif also bowls in low 80s to high 70s. He is by no means a tear away but brilliant swing bowler.

    One thing I give you is that English conditions become sub-continental conditions towards the end of summer (starting July). So, we can expect to see bat dominating. However, I think PK adds a lot of value with his ability to swing. He has proved thus, by bowling his life out on Indian pitches in Ranji trophy. UP did not become Ranji contenders just for their batting. They had PK.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    The way the team is going is fine but the pace attack is still something we need to focus on. They should add the tailender knocking out deliveries in their armory. It is really sad that the same story where tailenders put up fight against Indian attacks and take the test away from India continues. I still remember 4 wickets left and whole last day still Pakistan managed a draw. In the last test Fidel Edwards put up a fight. This is something not expected of the no.1 test team in the world.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | July 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    @Manish Hemdev -- Since 2008 when Ganguly retired youngsters have been given enough chance to prove their capabilities and truly speaking if you can't take your chances for so long then their is surly a problem.

    Youngsters are good but GOOD is enemy of BEST

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | July 12, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I am very happy for Praveen Kumar. Its nice to see this swinger perform in TESTS. After the legend Kapil Dev Nikanj and the likes of Manoj Prabhakar, we saw glimmer of hope in Irfan Pathan. Alas he seem to have lost his magic and gone into wilderness. Praveen, always a force to reckon with, will have more reasons to be happy in seaming wickets of England, That's for sure. Hope he gets into the XI ahead of much-hyped Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Raina technique has been pointed out by purists as one that will likely fail in tests. The same was said about Sehwag when he first came into the picture. How wrong has Sehwag proved them. In a less spectacular fashion..Raina has proved purists wrong. He may have shortcomings as test batter but he has grit, determination and fire to succeed and learn from mistakes.Mukund was impressive but looks like he is born at wrong time with Sehwag/Gambhir as openers for next 4 years atleast. Kohli will learn and he has potential and this series was an eye opener for him.Ishant and PK will trouble English batsman if green tracks are provided assuming ZAK will be back as third semamer. Either Munaf and Sreesanth can play 4th seamers role in England and England might just be forced to make a bit less greener tracks or repent.Bhajji needs to rediscover his mojo or some new spinners are knocking on the doors. Rahane and Pujara are 2 other good prospects waiting in wings for the Wall to retire.

  • POSTED BY anexpat on | July 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I agree with the author on most of the assessment apart from a few facts. None of the new comers cant honestlu say that they can replace either Dravid or Laxman. Strnage some have critised Dravid. take away both Laxman and Dravid , India would have even struggled more. Bhajji has taken a few wicets but on many occasions lacks bite. India lacked a bowler of the calibre of Kumble. They failed to win the test as they were unable to take last two wickets quickly. All the bowlers looked lost. Dhoni needs to contribute regularily not once in a while. I don't think Mukund is a third opener yet. Parthive can be the third opener if given a chnce to prove. He seems to lack support othewise In third test he should have been picked ( I am not sure that he was with the team). In all the three tests inaptitude of the openers used was ruthlessly exposed and Dravid had to pick up the pieces.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 12, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    The next two yrs could be a watershed moment in Ind cricket for next decade. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer and conceivably 2/3 other established players could retire or go out. Ind selectors need to offer chances to multitude of promising players to prove themselves without destabilizing the balance of the team. With the talent Ind has, I have no doubt they will be in the top 3/4 for next decade.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    I don't think we should include Praveen in the squad. He lacks in pace and he is a collingwood type of bowler. He won't trouble the English in their home conditions much.

    Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth seems to be the most successful Indian pace attack over recent times. They can be quite a handful if Zak does what he does best. Ishant gets bounce. And Sree gets the outswinger going at 140+

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Pujara is by far the best 'replacement' that I have seen. He is gritty and has a sound technique. With Yuvraj Singh back and Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey in the mix. We can have a powerful middle order gradually after 3-4 years with Pujara, Rahane, Pandey and Yuvraj at 3,4,5,6. Raina too can be in the mix with Dhoni coming at 7. After Viru calls it a day, Rahane can open and then another middle order spot will be up for the taking.

  • POSTED BY Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on | July 12, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Proof that Vijay can play only in 50meter long boundaries with flat wickets! All people dissing Dravid seemed to have realized his class! Its laughable that because Vijay plays good in IPL he is considered a better batsman than Dravid or Laxman! All the best India for the England tour,Hope our 3 legendary batsmen play well! And to vijay, I bid adieu!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Suresh Raina had a good series- he averaged 46 with the bat. BUT HE PLAYED NO BIG HUNDREDS, he had 3 nice 50's tho, in a series where vijay, mukund, kohli and dhoni all scored their runs at less then 25 runs per innings. Dravid and Laxman once again proved that good batsman will nearly always score runs. I don't think raina is the answer for india at number 6, i'm not saying he is a bad player, its just he doesnt score the bulk of runs needed for a number 1 test side top 6 spot. His overall test average is near 40, but everyone else in a full strength indian side averages 50+ with laxman at 47, but laxman has been getting better with age, so has tendulkar. I just think that this is the best raina can do is what he showed in this series, i dont think he can do much more then this, his technique is too flawed and he fiddles outside offstump too often, he is going to have his lean series, but can india find anyone better?? time will tell.

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | July 12, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    There is a lot of cricket talent in India... it is a question of moulding it well. Raina, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Mukund, Pandey, Rahane, et al are all young and have a lot of growth potential. The talent is there... the application and technique can be improved even more through experience and guidance. As for the bowling talent... the depth is in very good shape at the moment - Zak, Sreesanth, Ishant, Praveen, Munaf, Irfan (still young, and getting his rhythm back as per reports), Vinay, Nehra (for ODIs at least), Varun Aaron, Yadav, Unadkat... again, the raw talent is there, but needs to be moulded, guided and given opportunities (through intelligent rotation in different forms of the game).

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It was really a tour of many surprises. Those who were expected to perform well did perform like dravid,laxman in tests and kohli in ODIs bt where we were suprised the most was the way some youngsters shined and some failed.

    Raina was xpected to make way fr badri after the first test and kohli was xpected to stake his claim for the test spot bt the reverse happened.Raina performed xceptionally keeping in mind this was only his 2nd series outside the subcontinent where he played and kohli really failed even though hopes werent sky high fr him.

    almost every time when kohli walked to bat in the tests he either had dravid or laxman at the other end.

    he shud have used this opportunity and shud have heede to watever these two legends had to say to him.

    bt he tried to b too much defensive and wen that is not ur natural forte it is quite painful

    Raina on the other hand showed remarkable restsraint and rightly reaped the rewards for his hard work

  • POSTED BY ShilajitBava on | July 12, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Future augurs well!! Ish and Raina, remain the higher highlights and a good start fr Mukund!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    In Raina, I hope India will find that elusive middle order left handed batsman. And I do hope he is better than even Ganguly! Raina, before his fall from grace was being compared to Sachin in terms of talent and it would be delicious for that talent to materialize as a southpaw! However, Badrinath deserves one decent test run! He is near to 30 and it is now or never for him. Selectors need to note that. Maybe even if only for five to seven years, but Badrinath has it in him to be a Titanic batsmanand that would suit India fine! Remember the young group- Kohli, Pujara and Mukund will need time to mature. And yes, I am excited to see Pujara, among all else get a decent run. That guys got huge potential.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    i agree with one of the comments that there is no substitute for tendulkar, laxman, dravid and even sehwag and gambhir as well.....since ganguly retired we have not been able to find a permanent replacement for no. 6 how can we think of changing the whole middle order....performance in patches wont sole the problem for india. we need to have some good quality cricketers who can play well in the toughest and the most significant format of cricket i.e. test matches... likes of pujara, yuvraj, raina, kohli, etc barring couple of handsome knocks they have not shown grit and definitely cant be seen as replacement for SRT, VVS,RD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @ Cricket _ Born For It : Think it's premature to even think all these names as immediate 'worthy' replacements for the big guns. People had written off Laxman , Ganguly , Dravid , Kumble and even ' God ' Tendulkar at various stages of their career. Think it's so unfair on these very talented bunch. Point is they ( most of them ) got first taste of how different the longer version of the game is and now upto them to figure out what have been their short comings in terms of preparation / work ethic has been. I rule out them being any less talented when compared with emerging players from other countries. I still think these players will do well for themselves in coming years.

  • POSTED BY RISHI2016 on | July 12, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    No mention for Mishra.. He bowled quite decently and was instrumental in an important partnership wid Dravid in the first test.. India might have lost that match if that partnership did not happen...

  • POSTED BY Rydham on | July 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    The fact remains still there. Where is the replacement of Ganguly ? Since his retierment in 2008, the place is still up for grab. There is still a fight for this place among Raina, Yuvraj and Kohli. Shall I call this the missing importance of Ganguly ? India is No.1 team since 2008 but at the same time we should also be ready to face this bitter truth !!

  • POSTED BY HawK89 on | July 12, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    India shouldn't make the same mistake of getting rid of someone who scored runs, because of his age. As soon as their age hampers their fielding, running and scoring, only then they should be considered to be dropped. India need senior players for another 1-2 years at least, so then they have that extra time to make the new guys comfortable with their new permanent positions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Raina proved himself and everyothers that he is the successor to Ganguly

  • POSTED BY Sukumar_Kantri on | July 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Dravid,Laxman,Raina performed with the bat and Mukund had few reasonable knocks( 11,25,1,48,62,1). Ishant,Praveen showed lot of promise in bowling,that too in absence of Zak, they had come up really well. Bhajji proved his class in the final test with 7 wickets and ended up with 11 wickets at 26 on pace friendly conditions. With the absence of stalwarts and still India coming out with a series win on the toughest tracks is a great thing. People fail to recognize that. MSD's captaincy is always an asset to the Indian team. 12 series under him without a series defeat is something special to say about him. I wish it becomes 13 series with the England tour.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | July 12, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    People always wants likes of Sachin, Rahul Dravid and Laxman to retire soon but the FACT is there are absolutely no substitutes for them. I guess in last 3-5 years India have tried Yuvraj, Suresh Raina, Pujara, Kohli but none of them looks like is even closer to have a fix position. These youngsters should make most of the time with their great seniors and learn the tricks before they retire or else Indian team will be entire mess. Youngsters have been given enough chance to show at least some of their strengths but they lack it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    After the Barbados test everybody appreciated dhoni for the sporting declaration and now it is the other way around. Dhoni did best with the team he had. Remember we had two rookie openers and middle order players. Even in the bowling dept, Ishant and PK were not the regular choices. Harbhajan was disappointing.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 12, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    On a scale of 10 Ishant would be 8.0 to 8.5, Dravid would be 8.25 to 8.75 and VVS would be 8.5 to 9.0. Let's not forget that this has been a series played on not so batsman friendly wickets; Dravid and VVS stood head and shoulders above the rest. First of all, what would have happened to this series if we didn't have Dravid on that landmine in Jamaica? Who is that youngster who would have been the highest scorer that Dravid should be dropped for????? Where is he???? All the youngsters put together (barring Raina) collectively made 295 runs while Dravid alone scored 251 runs. To think that there are calls to drop your highest scorer for some phantom youngster beggars belief.

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  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 12, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    On a scale of 10 Ishant would be 8.0 to 8.5, Dravid would be 8.25 to 8.75 and VVS would be 8.5 to 9.0. Let's not forget that this has been a series played on not so batsman friendly wickets; Dravid and VVS stood head and shoulders above the rest. First of all, what would have happened to this series if we didn't have Dravid on that landmine in Jamaica? Who is that youngster who would have been the highest scorer that Dravid should be dropped for????? Where is he???? All the youngsters put together (barring Raina) collectively made 295 runs while Dravid alone scored 251 runs. To think that there are calls to drop your highest scorer for some phantom youngster beggars belief.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    After the Barbados test everybody appreciated dhoni for the sporting declaration and now it is the other way around. Dhoni did best with the team he had. Remember we had two rookie openers and middle order players. Even in the bowling dept, Ishant and PK were not the regular choices. Harbhajan was disappointing.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | July 12, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    People always wants likes of Sachin, Rahul Dravid and Laxman to retire soon but the FACT is there are absolutely no substitutes for them. I guess in last 3-5 years India have tried Yuvraj, Suresh Raina, Pujara, Kohli but none of them looks like is even closer to have a fix position. These youngsters should make most of the time with their great seniors and learn the tricks before they retire or else Indian team will be entire mess. Youngsters have been given enough chance to show at least some of their strengths but they lack it.

  • POSTED BY Sukumar_Kantri on | July 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Dravid,Laxman,Raina performed with the bat and Mukund had few reasonable knocks( 11,25,1,48,62,1). Ishant,Praveen showed lot of promise in bowling,that too in absence of Zak, they had come up really well. Bhajji proved his class in the final test with 7 wickets and ended up with 11 wickets at 26 on pace friendly conditions. With the absence of stalwarts and still India coming out with a series win on the toughest tracks is a great thing. People fail to recognize that. MSD's captaincy is always an asset to the Indian team. 12 series under him without a series defeat is something special to say about him. I wish it becomes 13 series with the England tour.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Raina proved himself and everyothers that he is the successor to Ganguly

  • POSTED BY HawK89 on | July 12, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    India shouldn't make the same mistake of getting rid of someone who scored runs, because of his age. As soon as their age hampers their fielding, running and scoring, only then they should be considered to be dropped. India need senior players for another 1-2 years at least, so then they have that extra time to make the new guys comfortable with their new permanent positions.

  • POSTED BY Rydham on | July 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    The fact remains still there. Where is the replacement of Ganguly ? Since his retierment in 2008, the place is still up for grab. There is still a fight for this place among Raina, Yuvraj and Kohli. Shall I call this the missing importance of Ganguly ? India is No.1 team since 2008 but at the same time we should also be ready to face this bitter truth !!

  • POSTED BY RISHI2016 on | July 12, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    No mention for Mishra.. He bowled quite decently and was instrumental in an important partnership wid Dravid in the first test.. India might have lost that match if that partnership did not happen...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @ Cricket _ Born For It : Think it's premature to even think all these names as immediate 'worthy' replacements for the big guns. People had written off Laxman , Ganguly , Dravid , Kumble and even ' God ' Tendulkar at various stages of their career. Think it's so unfair on these very talented bunch. Point is they ( most of them ) got first taste of how different the longer version of the game is and now upto them to figure out what have been their short comings in terms of preparation / work ethic has been. I rule out them being any less talented when compared with emerging players from other countries. I still think these players will do well for themselves in coming years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    i agree with one of the comments that there is no substitute for tendulkar, laxman, dravid and even sehwag and gambhir as well.....since ganguly retired we have not been able to find a permanent replacement for no. 6 how can we think of changing the whole middle order....performance in patches wont sole the problem for india. we need to have some good quality cricketers who can play well in the toughest and the most significant format of cricket i.e. test matches... likes of pujara, yuvraj, raina, kohli, etc barring couple of handsome knocks they have not shown grit and definitely cant be seen as replacement for SRT, VVS,RD.