High on confidence, a dominant India will push for a 5-0 clean sweep when they lock horns with a hapless England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer at the Eden Gardens here tomorrow.
With the series already out of their grasp, England are keen to end the five-match rubber against India on a high by at least winning the last two ODIs, visiting middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott said here today.
England coach Andy Flower said the tour of India has definitely been disappointing, but frustration over results has not made it a difficult tour.
India suffered a humiliating whitewash in both Test and One-Day series in their disastrous England tour but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.
India lose last match too, return winless from the forgettable tour. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Scorecard
Young turks gave India something to feel good about in a dismal series. Sanjjeev K Samyal
As if to assure Dravid that Indian cricket was in safe hands, young turk Virat Kohli hit a belligerent hundred to put the England bowlers under the pump for the first time in the series. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
The England cricket team today called up Jonathan Bairstow as cover for injured all-rounder Ben Stokes ahead of the fifth and final one-dayer against India in Cardiff.
From the first time he entered the Test arena at Lord’s in 1996, his class has shone through. But Rahul Dravid will look back at his one-day career with equal satisfaction. Sanjjeev K Samyal
reports. Track record
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England have already sealed the series and the fifth one-dayer at the Sophia Gardens is a dead rubber, but MS Dhoni will not be short of inspiration. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
England captain Alastair Cook is hoping to complete a miserable tour for India tomorrow by wrapping up a 3-0 one-day series victory over the tourists.
Four members of India's World Cup-winning side have been included in the ICC's ODI team of the year. Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Zaheer Khan made the lineup. Sanjjeev K Samyal
Ending what has been a nightmarish tour positively is not the only motivation for the Indian team to win the final cricket ODI against England as the side would also want to ensure a fitting farewell to veteran Rahul Dravid, who plays his final one-dayer in Cardiff on Friday.
Frustrated after rain interruptions forced a tie in the fourth ODI against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the "ugly side of cricket" came to fore in the match as the side which had the upperhand "didn't want to play."
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped that his boys would be able to win at least the fifth and the final ODI against England after the fourth ODI at Lord's ended in a tie due to rain interruption.