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India vs England 2011: News

Time has come for Sehwag and Gambhir to play in tandem

A lot has happened since the second Test at Trent Bridge --- riots have broken out in London and Birmingham, Rahul Dravid has returned to the one-day side and subsequently announced his retirement from the shorter format, Zaheer Khan has suffered an injury and RP Singh has returned from nowhere. Sourav Ganguly writes. Ganguly says

Dravid's decision to retire a fitting retort to selectors

There have been some significant off-field developments in the last few days, none more notable than Rahul Dravid's recall to one-day cricket, and his subsequent retirement from it, writes Anil Kumble.
Who might get the nod

'Can't blame spinner if the batsmen don't score'

Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has defended Indian spinners, saying their criticism is harsh when the conditions are against them. Excerpts from an interview...

'I don't buy Dhoni's excuse that players are tired'

A distraught onlooker Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, after whom the trophy is named, spoke to HT on India's expected slide from the summit. Firoz Mirza reports. Pataudi says

India lacked a roadmap for the England series

I'm wary of confusing acclimatisation with preparation, for it can only be a part of the entire process. Or else, how would one explain India's poor show even in the Test matches? Aakash Chopra writes. Piling it on

It could get worse before it gets better

India’s performance against England has been abysmal but things could get worse before they get better. India’s disastrous tour of England has been a while in the making. Ian Chappell writes.

England were too good for India

We’ve had miserable series in the past when nothing seemed to go our way, when questions were asked by supporters regarding our motivation, commitment and fitness, and when everything appeared dark. Anil Kumble writes.

Onus on India to sort out priorities

Earlier, I was of the view that India had shoddy preparation to blame for their performance. But after the annihilation at Edgbaston, I am convinced this England side would have beaten even a battle-ready India. Nasser Hussain writes. 

Not surprised, it was a disaster waiting to happen

I don't think anyone with his critical faculty alive and his conscience not mortgaged to the gigantic money spinning wheel put in motion by the Indian Board would disagree that this was a disaster waiting to happen. Pradeep Magazine writes. Matters of concern

England are reaping benefits of giving priority to Test cricket

It was a proud moment for former England batting stalwart Dennis Amiss, deputy chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. His four-year goal has been accomplished; and the icing on the cake was England also becoming No 1 on his home ground, Edgbaston.

Indian cricket unaffected by wins or losses

India’s spectacular surrender in England has sparked outrage among those who care for our cricket. But with anger and indignation, there is constructive criticism, writes Amrit Mathur.

Give England bowlers due credit

Glenn McGrath kicked the turf and cursed under his breath. Looking at his reaction, one may have assumed that he'd been hit for a six off the last ball in a cliffhanger. Aakash Chopra writes.

Oval Test could make or mar India youngsters

The Oval Test could turn out to be one of the most important for the careers of a lot of players on this trip.  Sourav Ganguly writes. Ganguly says

Twitter made the success sweeter

It was our goal to be the best team in the world, but when you get there, your priorities change. We, as a group, are concentrating on winning the next Test. We did celebrate on Saturday and we deserved to do that.

Oval can be India's launch pad for future

The Oval is one of India's favourite venues. The last time they played here, Anil Kumble scored a hundred. It can also reverse swing and spin, so India have reasons to put up a good show here. Nasser Hussain writes.
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