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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

India VS England 2012: News

Cricket comes before livelihood

Lakshman Pandiya, a shy 23-year-old, can't afford to miss his livelihood but on Thursday morning, he gave up his trade and possibly a meal, to live a three-hour dream by bowling to two English Test batsmen, reports Somshuvra Laha.

This company swears by the longest version of cricket

“Cup of T20 sir?” asks an Indian attendant. “No thank you. I prefer something longer and more sophisticated,” replies the English lion, reading a newspaper with the headline 'Test is best'. Somshuvra Laha reports.

No game plan, cricket the loser

When Ian Bell took a single off R Ashwin at the Eden Gardens on Sunday he not only put MS Dhoni and his men but also millions of cricket-crazed Indians out of misery. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Flunking the test

Focus on game’s longest form paying off for the visitors

The resilience of the Indian lower order ensured that the third Test went into the final day. But even though it was not an innings victory, this was another comprehensive result for England. This win at the Eden Gardens brings them closer to South Africa, currently the No 1 side.  Ian Botham writes.

A shake-up is advisable when results go south

With every crushing loss, the voices to send Dhoni packing are getting stronger. After all, a record as terrible as 1-11 must account for something earth shaking. Aakash Chopra writes.

Awful pitch, not good enough for Tests

I doubt if this sort of a pitch will help India's cause to level the series 2-2. It's an awful cricket pitch with no pace and bounce at all. If England can get past 250, then it will be the Indian batsmen who will be under more pressure. Ian Botham writes.

Dhoni’s run out was baffling

It took England more than 500 deliveries to get a wicket and the credit for that must go to Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Virat has had a phenomenal year in one-day cricket and is a naturally aggressive batsman. What impressed me was the way he applied himself for the team's sake and curbed his style accordingly. Ian Botham writes.

Time to thank Sachin for a glorious era

The big stumbling block to India beginning the renewal process is Sachin Tendulkar. While everyone waits with baited breath to see what he’ll do, the team is stagnating; the issue has become “will he or won’t he” instead of being “will they or won’t they”. Ian Chappell writes.

Embattled Dhoni safe for the moment

Two days is a long time in politics, and the way things have changed for MS Dhoni, it is apparent that lots can happen in two days in cricket as well. Regardless of what happens on the last day at Nagpur, Dhoni is safe, the storm about his position as skipper seems to have receded. Amrit Mathur reports.

India’s approach was puzzling

I would like to congratulate England for the massive achievement of beating India at home, something they hadn't done in the last 28 years. They fought hard, enjoyed their game, backed each other and are enjoying the fruits of their hard work.

Lesson for India: Don’t keep picking players on reputation

With two 4-0 drubbings overseas and now a 2-1 defeat at home, the India cricket team has a lot to worry about. One aspect of the defeat was that they played a team, which was better than them. Ian Botham writes. Sidelights

Why did Dhoni refuse to attack on Day Four?

India's Test form over the last 15-16 months is a major worry for the selectors and the players concerned. India were outplayed by England in all departments of the game and that has not happened too many times at home. Sourav Ganguly writes. Sourav says

Root cause: India dragged a few players for too long

India's prolonged poor run has prompted the selectors to make a tough call and drop Virender Sehwag. I was looking forward to some more changes in batting, but that didn't happen. Ian Botham writes.

Keeping Pujara out raises doubts on his ODI abilities

India started as favourites but we need to remember that this English side isn’t ranked No 1 in this format for nothing. Their dominance in the first ODI showed that like the Test series, they have set their sights on the ODI trophy. Ian Botham writes.

Kochi heat will test England, mentally and physically

Kochi is a must-win game for Dhoni and his boys because if they go down 0-2 in the series, it will be tough to come back and win three matches in a row. Sourav Ganguly writes.

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