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ik7
07-12-2011, 03:56 PM
TEAM INDIA SQUAD - India in England Test Series, 2011 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/squad/521670.html)


Tour Fixtures (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/series/474450.html?template=fixtures)

01.Sachin Tendulkar (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/35320.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128483.icon.jpgAge: 38 years 69 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak googly, Right-arm medium

02.Rahul Dravid (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/28114.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/108400/108439.icon.jpgAge: 38 years 172 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

03.VVS Laxman (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/30750.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/92300/92394.icon.jpgAge: 36 years 243 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

04.Harbhajan Singh (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/29264.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128477.icon.jpgAge: 30 years 364 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

05.Virender Sehwag (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/35263.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128471.icon.jpgAge: 32 years 255 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

06.Zaheer Khan (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/30102.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128479.icon.jpgAge: 32 years 268 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Left-arm fast-medium

07.MS Dhoni (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/28081.html) - captain/keeper
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128469.icon.jpgAge: 29 years 360 days
Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium

08.Yuvraj Singh (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/36084.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128470.icon.jpgAge: 29 years 202 days
Playing role: Middle-order batsman
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox

09.Gautam Gambhir (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/28763.html) - vice-captain
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128474.icon.jpgAge: 29 years 261 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Legbreak

10.Ishant Sharma (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/236779.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/133700/133765.icon.jpgAge: 22 years 303 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm fast

11.S Sreesanth (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/34274.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128482.icon.jpgAge: 28 years 146 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium

12.Munaf Patel (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/32965.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128481.icon.jpgAge: 27 years 355 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast

13.Suresh Raina (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/33335.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/128400/128475.icon.jpgAge: 24 years 217 days
Playing role: Batsman
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

14.Amit Mishra (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/31107.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/108400/108441.icon.jpgAge: 28 years 220 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Legbreak

15.Praveen Kumar (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/30732.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/133700/133764.icon.jpgAge: 24 years 273 days
Playing role: Bowler
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium

16.Abhinav Mukund (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/302582.html)
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/86700/86714.icon.jpgAge: 21 years 177 days
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Legbreak googly

17.Wriddhiman Saha (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/279810.html) - wicketkeeper
http://p.imgci.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/125200/125246.icon.jpgAge: 26 years 251 days
Playing role: Wicketkeeper
Batting: Right-hand bat

Coach: Duncan Fletcher (http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-india-2011/content/player/55424.html).
http://static.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/59900/59989.1.jpg


Courtesy to ESPN Cricinfo

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:01 PM
Tour Fixture

Fri Jul 15 - Sun Jul 17 --- Somerset v Indians(County Ground, Taunton)

Thu Jul 21 - Mon Jul 25 --- 1st Test - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Jul 29 - Tue Aug 2 --- 2nd Test - England v India(Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

Fri Aug 5 - Sat Aug 6 --- Northamptonshire v Indians(County Ground, Northampton)

Wed Aug 10 - Sun Aug 14 --- 3rd Test - England v India(Edgbaston, Birmingham)

Thu Aug 18 - Mon Aug 22 --- 4th Test - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Thu Aug 25 --- Sussex v Indians(County Ground, Hove)

Fri Aug 26 --- Kent v Indians(St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury)

Mon Aug 29 --- Leicestershire v Indians(Grace Road, Leicester)

Wed Aug 31 --- Only T20I - England v India(Old Trafford, Manchester)

Sat Sep 3 --- 1st ODI - England v India(Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street)

Tue Sep 6 --- 2nd ODI - England v India(The Rose Bowl, Southampton)

Fri Sep 9 --- 3rd ODI - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Sun Sep 11 --- 4th ODI - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Sep 16 --- 5th ODI - England v India(Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:01 PM
http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/129000/129089.2.jpg
The 100th international century is not weighing heavily on Sachin Tendulkar's mind



Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred



Sachin Tendulkar (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35320.html) is one century away from reaching 100 international tons and has an opportunity to achieve that on a historic occasion at Lord's, where India and England will play the 2000th Test later this month. Tendulkar, who has 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in ODIs, however, said the landmark wasn't preoccupying his build-up to the game.
"I am not thinking of records," Tendulkar told the Daily Telegraph. "I am just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?'
"If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I am playing well, things can happen. I don't need to go around chasing them. It is a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it."
Tendulkar opted out of India's tour of the West Indies, where they won the ODI series 3-2 and the Tests 1-0. It was India's first international assignment after their World Cup win, of which Tendulkar was an integral part. "I was extremely delighted. It was something I had always dreamt about," Tendulkar said of India's triumph in his sixth World Cup. "You start playing cricket, and one day you walk away as part of a world champion team.
"I took up playing serious cricket because in 1983, we won the World Cup, and that was a big turning point in terms of considering cricket a full-time profession. That moment was a decisive one. I felt, 'I want to play for India one day'. It was a huge boost. From then I started working hard."
When asked of his plans for the future, Tendulkar said it was important he left behind a good legacy whenever he chose to leave the game. "For me, it's not about breaking records or creating new ones. It's about adding value to my team. Records will be set by me, they might be broken by someone else.
"They're not going to stay permanently. But the impression that I leave on people will last forever, I feel. The impression that I leave behind - to me that is important. If I can motivate the next young cricketers, that will be a big contribution." :drums:





India in England 2011: Sachin Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred | Cricket News | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/522860.html)

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:01 PM
Sachinte pic adyam vaykathile ulla pradishedam ariyichukollunnu

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:02 PM
kannan bhai:cheers::cheers:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:03 PM
Best Wishes Team India...:gdance:

Rock on...:dance::dance::dance:

Best wishes for this thread...:machu:

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:04 PM
schedule vannille ??

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:04 PM
schedule vannille ??

Uvv.. Kannaa..:order:

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:06 PM
Uvv.. Kannaa..:order:

venamallooo

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:07 PM
Likely squad:

Openers: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Abhinav Mukund
Middle order: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh

Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni (capt), Wriddhiman Saha
Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra
Pace bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:08 PM
Uvv.. Kannaa..:order:

Puliyannaa onnu postaamo...




venamallooo

enikk ath pic pole postaan ariyilla..ariyunnavar postooo..ellaarum vannu postoooo....nammal oru tema alle? lest rock it.. :hurray:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:09 PM
aadhyam idano? njan cricinfo'ile athepole postiyatha...maatano,parayooo?




Mattanam... Onnukil Senior members enna orderil allenkil batting orderil....:peace:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Tour fixutre aano udheshiche? lik ittittund, on top....

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Mattanam... Onnukil Senior members enna orderil allenkil batting orderil....:peace:

:kannuruttu: alpam paniyaanu,ennaalum njan editaaam... :machu:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:13 PM
Tour fixutre aano udheshiche? lik ittittund, on top....

athu thanne...:kaikott:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:21 PM
Onnu sradhikkoo...

ICC ekkaalatheyum mikacha test team-ne theranjedukkunnu...

Online voting-loode aanu theranjedupp..

Nammude favourite Cricket stars-nu vote cheyyoo...:pray:

Ithaanu link...International Cricket Council - Greatest Test Team Of All Time (http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/events_and_awards/greatest_test_team/index.php)

Voting July 13th midnight vare mathram...:order:

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:27 PM
:kayyadi::kayyadi::kayyadi:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:32 PM
Onnu sradhikkoo...

ICC ekkaalatheyum mikacha test team-ne theranjedukkunnu...

Online voting-loode aanu theranjedupp..

Nammude favourite Cricket stars-nu vote cheyyoo...:pray:

Ithaanu link...International Cricket Council - Greatest Test Team Of All Time (http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/events_and_awards/greatest_test_team/index.php)

Voting July 13th midnight vare mathram...:order:


Voted.. :cheers: :strong:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:33 PM
Reordered the players list....nokkkooooo puli n' thambraa...

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:34 PM
Voted.. :cheers: :strong:

:kidu:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:35 PM
Reordered the players list....nokkkooooo puli n' thambraa...

OK...

Pinne, aa tournament fixture onnu allign cheythidoo..Ellarum sradhikkan paakathinu...:rock:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:35 PM
venamallooo

nee fixture schedule kandaa? :njam_njam:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:37 PM
OK...

Pinne, aa tournament fixture onnu allign cheythidoo..Ellarum sradhikkan paakathinu...:rock:

evide allign cheyyanam?left again?

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:42 PM
nee fixture schedule kandaa? :njam_njam:

kandilla

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:42 PM
LEFT allign aakki schedule? mathiyaavuo?

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:43 PM
evide allign cheyyanam?left again?

alla middle alpam koodi valuthakki... allenkil type cheyth kettikko..thirakku koottanda...:hug:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:43 PM
kandilla

1st post'il on top nokk? below the title...its link...

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:44 PM
Ippo kuzhappamilla kannan...Right or middle ok aanu...:yo:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:44 PM
alla middle alpam koodi valuthakki... allenkil type cheyth kettikko..thirakku koottanda...:hug:

ippo nokk enganeyund? kannil pedumo? :dreamz:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:47 PM
Ippo kuzhappamilla kannan...Right or middle ok aanu...:yo:

njaan ippo ittekkunnath leftaa? :ennittu:

kannanu enth kuzhappam? :lol: 8-)

Aaram ThampuraN
07-12-2011, 04:47 PM
1st post'il on top nokk? below the title...its link...

nokkam :cheers:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:48 PM
puliyanna siggy kidu.....

thambraaa,ijj siggy eduth maatiya?

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:49 PM
njaan ippo ittekkunnath leftaa? :ennittu:

kannanu enth kuzhappam? :lol: 8-)

Che...aake kuzhanju..ippo ittirikkunnathu mathi...njan nerathe thala thirichaa paranjath..:ammo:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:54 PM
Sehwag to miss at least first Test
Yuvraj included in full-strength, 17-man squad to England

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Yuvraj Singh is back in the Test side after his headlining World Cup performance

Virender Sehwag, who is yet to fully recover after undergoing surgery on his shoulder, has made it to 17-man India squad for the Test series in England, but will miss the first two weeks of the tour to give him time to recuperate further.

Sachin Tendulkar returned to the squad after skipping the West Indies tour to rest, while Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth made comebacks from injury breaks. Yuvraj Singh, who missed the West Indies tour with a chest infection, also forced his way back into the Test plans following his excellent performance in the World Cup. M Vijay and Virat Kohli, who have so far failed to impress in the West Indies Tests, were dropped, while Suresh Raina's strong show in the same series helped him retain his place.

Abhinav Mukund, who made a dogged 48 in Barbados on Friday, will travel to England as the reserve opener. Wriddhiman Saha was included as the back-up wicketkeeper, edging out Parthiv Patel. Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to recover from the knee injury he picked up in the IPL, and misses out once again.

Munaf Patel made the squad despite missing the first two West Indies Tests with fitness issues. Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar, who have been among the wickets in the Caribbean, round off the pace attack, while Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra make up the spin department.

The tour begins with a three-day warm-up match on July 15, with the first Test starting on July 21 at Lord's.

The squad:
MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Gautam Gambhir (vice-capt), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Abhinav Mukund, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:55 PM
Che...aake kuzhanju..ippo ittirikkunnathu mathi...njan nerathe thala thirichaa paranjath..:ammo:

athenikk pudikkitt,tta... :hug: :machu:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:55 PM
Sachinte pic adyam vaykathile ulla pradishedam ariyichukollunnu




:star::star:

aadhyam idano? njan cricinfo'ile athepole postiyatha...maatano,parayooo?


kannan bhai:cheers::cheers:

:hug: :machu:


Best wishes for this thread...:machu:

:hug: :machu:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 04:56 PM
athenikk pudikkitt,tta... :hug: :machu:
:thanksda:

ik7
07-12-2011, 04:58 PM
Old Article, but it comes under India's tour to England..

India are set to welcome back Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth to their Test side when the selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to pick the team for the series in England. Virender Sehwag's fitness, though, remains uncertain after he underwent surgery on his shoulder. There have been conflicting reports on how long his recovery will take, but the selectors might risk picking him even if he is a doubt for the first Test, which begins on July 21.

Sreesanth, Gambhir, Sehwag and Zaheer have all spent time rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, and Gambhir and Sreesanth have publicly declared their fitness. Zaheer, too, is expected back. Tendulkar had asked to be rested for the the West Indies tour and should be charged up for England.

M Vijay is likely to retain his place at the top if Sehwag doesn't make the cut but if Sehwag is fit India are unlikely to take an extra opener along - unless they pick a 17-man touring party as they did to South Africa. That squad included two extra quicks, one extra spinner, one extra middle-order batsman, one reserve wicketkeeper and an extra opener.

When everybody is fit, the XI selects itself, with Sreesanth edging out Praveen Kumar as the third pace bowler. Praveen will be one of those extra quicks for sure after his impressive showing in the West Indies, and Munaf Patel and Abhimanyu Mithun will jostle for the final pace place. Munaf, though, wasn't fit for the West Indies Tests, and that could play some role in his selection for England. Amit Mishra will be the extra spinner, Parthiv Patel the reserve keeper, and Vijay the extra opening batsman should India need one.

The final spot remains the one in the middle order. Suresh Raina has all but earned himself the No. 6 slot for the Lord's Test, but the extra middle-order batsman makes for an interesting debate. Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to recover from his injury - he picked up a knee injury during the IPL, when his foot got stuck in the turf as he attempted a sliding save - and is ruled out. Virat Kohli hasn't had a great debut series in the West Indies, and will be challenged by the Man of the Series in the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj was expected to make his Test comeback in the West Indies, but a chest infection kept him away. Now that he is fit, Yuvraj v Kohli, mentor and protégé of sorts, will make for some debate.

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:00 PM
Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the Indian selection committee, has backed Yuvraj Singh to come good in Test cricket. Despite being a fixture in India's limited-overs plans for many years, Yuvraj has not managed to seal a permanent Test spot, but has forced his way back into the squad for England on the back of his starring role in the World Cup.

"We all know that Yuvraj has quality," Srikkanth told the Indian Express. "Yes, I agree that he has so far failed to carry forward his ODI form into Test cricket. But he still has many years of cricket left in him. If he can cement his place in the Test squad, then that will surely augur well for Indian cricket."

In the absence of several senior players, the ongoing West Indies series would have provided Yuvraj the perfect opportunity to revive his Test career, but a lung infection forced him out of the series. The vacancies in the middle order gave India's next generation of batsmen a rare Test look-in. Suresh Raina made good use of the opportunity, overcoming his weakness against short-pitched bowling to score two half-centuries, while Virat Kohli failed to build on his strong one-day performances.

"We never had any doubt about Raina's talent," Srikkanth said. "He started off [his Test career] very well but then had a quiet period. But a player with such talent was bound to return to form. Like all good players he has worked on his weaknesses. This Indian team has a great dressing room atmosphere and the juniors always get the right advice from the seniors. But the bottom line is that you have to solve your own problem.

"Raina worked hard and approached the task without any confusion. It's not easy for a youngster, who grows up on placid Indian wickets, to be a naturally good player of pace bowling. Raina has shown the requisite grit. He was ready to fight it out which was very heartening."

While Srikkanth had words of praise for Raina, he refused to write off Kohli based on the failures in his first two Tests, in which he scored only 46 runs.

"Virat should be allowed more time, he has just had his first brush with Tests," Srikkanth said. "These youngsters will learn from experience. Test cricket is different from ODIs and it's not easy to get used to the conditions. These days they barely play any side matches and by the time they get acclimatised to the conditions the tour is over. Kohli has performed in the ODIs and now it's all about taking that form into Test cricket. I'm sure he will work on his game and will improve. He has a bright future ahead."

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:01 PM
:thanksda:

:pavam: neeyentha siggy colour maati kalikkunno? :lol:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 05:02 PM
:pavam: neeyentha siggy colour maati kalikkunno? :lol:

red ittal pettennu sradhikkumenn bakkiyullavar paranju. Athaa...:yo:

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:03 PM
World Cup hero rubbishes speculation of rift with Raina

Yuvraj Singh, who is missing India's ongoing tour of West Indies with a chest infection, has announced he is fully fit and ready for the England tour that gets underway on July 15.

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Yuvraj Singh rubbished speculation that he opted out of the
West Indies tour since Suresh Raina was named the ODI captain

"I am 100% fit for the tour," Yuvraj said. "I am sure most of the other seniors who are battling respective injuries would be fully fit for the tour. I am really looking forward to the tour."

Yuvraj played a pivotal role in India's World Cup triumph, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets to pick up Player-of-the-Tournament honours. He is one of several first-choice India players - along with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - to sit out of the West Indies tour, that follows a bloated IPL season that began five days after the World Cup final.

Yuvraj rubbished speculation that he had opted out of the West Indies tour since he did not want to play under the leadership of the much younger Suresh Raina, who captained the depleted ODI side, in MS Dhoni's absence. "I have played under Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir," Yuvraj said. "I have played under so many captains. And Gautam and MS came to the team five years after I got included in the team. There has been no such thing. I play for my country and not for captains."

Yuvraj's World Cup high was followed by a lacklustre showing in the IPL where he led Pune Warriors through a forgettable debut season. The only time Pune's campaign made the headlines was when they signed Ganguly for the final stages of the event, after he had been ignored by all franchises at the auction.

"Sourav and I share a very good relationship," Yuvraj said. "He supported me a lot during my initial years in international cricket. And I think it was my time to support Dada as he wanted to play in the IPL. We had very good interactions during the IPL season. We had good plans and I hope that we will have good plans and strategy in the next season of the IPL also."

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:05 PM
red ittal pettennu sradhikkumenn bakkiyullavar paranju. Athaa...:yo:

:clap: athu sheriya... :cheers: ente siggyum red aakki important points...:phone:

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:07 PM
India batsman Virender Sehwag, who underwent surgery on his injured shoulder in London last week, is likely to be fit for India's upcoming tour of England.

"I think I will able to play the series in England," Sehwag told Mid-Day. "That's the reason why I stopped playing the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils and rushed to London to get my shoulder operated."

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Virender Sehwag expects to be back playing for India when
they tour England later this year

Sehwag picked up the injury, a slap lesion or labrum (shoulder blade) tear, during the 2009 IPL, and did not play a single game during the World Twenty20 in England. He also missed the one-day series in South Africa in January this year on account of the injury. He was declared fit in time for the World Cup but did not bowl during India's victorious campaign. Sehwag played 11 games captaining Delhi Daredevils during the current IPL season but took the decision to withdraw from the tournament to undergo shoulder surgery in England after his side's loss to Mumbai Indians on May 7.

The 32-year-old Sehwag was operated upon by Dr Andrew Wallace, whom he had consulted earlier in 2009. The London-based surgeon Wallace had also worked on Sachin Tendulkar's tennis elbow. "I will return to London after six weeks for a check-up," Sehwag said. "I should be fit in six to eight weeks. Going by the rehabilitation programme designed for me I should be okay. I am already feeling the difference each day."

Sehwag was expected to return to India late on Monday night. He has already been ruled out of India's tour of West Indies that begins on June 4. India then go on to play four Tests and five ODIs in England, with the first Test beginning at Lord's on July 21.

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:09 PM
i think i have posted all the available articles related to Indian camp has been found posted..England articles i left.. if there any need to post it?if yes, let me know...

baappootty
07-12-2011, 05:14 PM
All the best to Team India.........Kannan Muthalaliyude ee thread oru Super hit aakatte..........

pulijose
07-12-2011, 05:15 PM
All the best to Team India.........Kannan Muthalaliyude ee thread oru Super hit aakatte..........

:kayyadi:

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:39 PM
All the best to Team India.........Kannan Muthalaliyude ee thread oru Super hit aakatte..........

:biggrin: :p




:kayyadi:

:hurray:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 05:40 PM
Kannaa, England Team koode idaam venamenkil...:yes:

ik7
07-12-2011, 05:49 PM
Kannaa, England Team koode idaam venamenkil...:yes:

India squard maathrame link kandullu... :scooter:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 06:02 PM
India squard maathrame link kandullu... :scooter:
:kattubrand:

ik7
07-12-2011, 06:04 PM
:kattubrand:

enthaavo?:ambu:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 06:04 PM
enthaavo?:ambu:

Anugraham...:flower:

ik7
07-12-2011, 06:15 PM
Anugraham...:flower:

:photop: anganaaaykkotte... :ssrocks:

pulijose
07-12-2011, 06:16 PM
:photop: anganaaaykkotte... :ssrocks:
:cheers:

Niranjan
07-12-2011, 10:58 PM
India vs South Africa series pole oru nalla tour expect cheyunnu :kayyadi:

All the Best Team India - This is the best chance to prove we are NO1 test team - because England in top form by beating SL and AUS :rockit:

ik7
07-13-2011, 08:54 AM
India vs South Africa series pole oru nalla tour expect cheyunnu :kayyadi:

All the Best Team India - This is the best chance to prove we are NO1 test team - because England in top form by beating SL and AUS :rockit:

:kudi: :kudi:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 11:38 AM
India vs South Africa series pole oru nalla tour expect cheyunnu :kayyadi:

All the Best Team India - This is the best chance to prove we are NO1 test team - because England in top form by beating SL and AUS :rockit:

Atheyathe..Ithoru kidilan tour thanne aavum...:kollaam::kollaam:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Rock on...:rock:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 11:58 AM
:meesha:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 11:59 AM
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The 100th international century is not weighing heavily on Sachin Tendulkar's mind



Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred



Sachin Tendulkar (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35320.html) is one century away from reaching 100 international tons and has an opportunity to achieve that on a historic occasion at Lord's, where India and England will play the 2000th Test later this month. Tendulkar, who has 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in ODIs, however, said the landmark wasn't preoccupying his build-up to the game.
"I am not thinking of records," Tendulkar told the Daily Telegraph. "I am just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?'
"If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I am playing well, things can happen. I don't need to go around chasing them. It is a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it."
Tendulkar opted out of India's tour of the West Indies, where they won the ODI series 3-2 and the Tests 1-0. It was India's first international assignment after their World Cup win, of which Tendulkar was an integral part. "I was extremely delighted. It was something I had always dreamt about," Tendulkar said of India's triumph in his sixth World Cup. "You start playing cricket, and one day you walk away as part of a world champion team.
"I took up playing serious cricket because in 1983, we won the World Cup, and that was a big turning point in terms of considering cricket a full-time profession. That moment was a decisive one. I felt, 'I want to play for India one day'. It was a huge boost. From then I started working hard."
When asked of his plans for the future, Tendulkar said it was important he left behind a good legacy whenever he chose to leave the game. "For me, it's not about breaking records or creating new ones. It's about adding value to my team. Records will be set by me, they might be broken by someone else.
"They're not going to stay permanently. But the impression that I leave on people will last forever, I feel. The impression that I leave behind - to me that is important. If I can motivate the next young cricketers, that will be a big contribution." :drums:





India in England 2011: Sachin Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred | Cricket News | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/522860.html)

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:34 PM
Atheyathe..Ithoru kidilan tour thanne aavum...:kollaam::kollaam:

:kaikott: :kaikott:


http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/129000/129089.2.jpg
The 100th international century is not weighing heavily on Sachin Tendulkar's mind



Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred



Sachin Tendulkar (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35320.html) is one century away from reaching 100 international tons and has an opportunity to achieve that on a historic occasion at Lord's, where India and England will play the 2000th Test later this month. Tendulkar, who has 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in ODIs, however, said the landmark wasn't preoccupying his build-up to the game.
"I am not thinking of records," Tendulkar told the Daily Telegraph. "I am just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?'
"If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I am playing well, things can happen. I don't need to go around chasing them. It is a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it."
Tendulkar opted out of India's tour of the West Indies, where they won the ODI series 3-2 and the Tests 1-0. It was India's first international assignment after their World Cup win, of which Tendulkar was an integral part. "I was extremely delighted. It was something I had always dreamt about," Tendulkar said of India's triumph in his sixth World Cup. "You start playing cricket, and one day you walk away as part of a world champion team.
"I took up playing serious cricket because in 1983, we won the World Cup, and that was a big turning point in terms of considering cricket a full-time profession. That moment was a decisive one. I felt, 'I want to play for India one day'. It was a huge boost. From then I started working hard."
When asked of his plans for the future, Tendulkar said it was important he left behind a good legacy whenever he chose to leave the game. "For me, it's not about breaking records or creating new ones. It's about adding value to my team. Records will be set by me, they might be broken by someone else.
"They're not going to stay permanently. But the impression that I leave on people will last forever, I feel. The impression that I leave behind - to me that is important. If I can motivate the next young cricketers, that will be a big contribution." :drums:





India in England 2011: Sachin Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred | Cricket News | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/522860.html)

:dreamz: century varatte..2000th test matchil sachinte 200th century :kidu: kidilamaayirikkum... :DJ:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 12:37 PM
Tour Fixture

Fri Jul 15 - Sun Jul 17 --- Somerset v Indians(County Ground, Taunton)

Thu Jul 21 - Mon Jul 25 --- 1st Test - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Jul 29 - Tue Aug 2 --- 2nd Test - England v India(Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

Fri Aug 5 - Sat Aug 6 --- Northamptonshire v Indians(County Ground, Northampton)

Wed Aug 10 - Sun Aug 14 --- 3rd Test - England v India(Edgbaston, Birmingham)

Thu Aug 18 - Mon Aug 22 --- 4th Test - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Thu Aug 25 --- Sussex v Indians(County Ground, Hove)

Fri Aug 26 --- Kent v Indians(St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury)

Mon Aug 29 --- Leicestershire v Indians(Grace Road, Leicester)

Wed Aug 31 --- Only T20I - England v India(Old Trafford, Manchester)

Sat Sep 3 --- 1st ODI - England v India(Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street)

Tue Sep 6 --- 2nd ODI - England v India(The Rose Bowl, Southampton)

Fri Sep 9 --- 3rd ODI - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Sun Sep 11 --- 4th ODI - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Sep 16 --- 5th ODI - England v India(Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:39 PM
Tour Fixture

Fri Jul 15 - Sun Jul 17 --- Somerset v Indians(County Ground, Taunton)
Thu Jul 21 - Mon Jul 25 --- 1st Test - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Jul 29 - Tue Aug 2 --- 2nd Test - England v India(Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

Fri Aug 5 - Sat Aug 6 --- Northamptonshire v Indians(County Ground, Northampton)

Wed Aug 10 - Sun Aug 14 --- 3rd Test - England v India(Edgbaston, Birmingham)

Thu Aug 18 - Mon Aug 22 --- 4th Test - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Thu Aug 25 --- Sussex v Indians(County Ground, Hove)

Fri Aug 26 --- Kent v Indians(St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury)

Mon Aug 29 --- Leicestershire v Indians(Grace Road, Leicester)

Wed Aug 31 --- Only T20I - England v India(Old Trafford, Manchester)

Sat Sep 3 --- 1st ODI - England v India(Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street)

Tue Sep 6 --- 2nd ODI - England v India(The Rose Bowl, Southampton)

Fri Sep 9 --- 3rd ODI - England v India(Kennington Oval, London)

Sun Sep 11 --- 4th ODI - England v India(Lord's, London)

Fri Sep 16 --- 5th ODI - England v India(Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)

:ssrocks: :ssrocks: ith 1st threadile ninte oru post edit cheyth avide idooo... :gdance:

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:41 PM
DRAVID SAYS KEEP AN EYE ON ANDERSON &SWANN

Rahul Dravid has said the upcoming England-India Test series will throw up an interesting contest between offspinner Graeme Swann and India's batsmen. Apart from Swann, he picked fast bowler James Anderson as being key to the series' outcome.

Since Swann's Test debut in 2008, he has established himself as one of the top spinners in the world, rising to No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings on the back of 140 wickets at 27.72.
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[I]Rahul Dravid: "It will be a good contest against batsmen who
will not be scared to take him [Graeme Swann] on."

"We first saw him [Swann] in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him," Dravid told The Cricketer magazine. "He's come on leaps and bounds from then, and has become one of their lead bowlers.

"He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets. He's not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on ... Swann and Anderson are the key. Anderson has bowled really well. He's been the trump card [for England]."

While England hold the home advantage, Dravid said India - who go into the series that begins on July 21 at Lord's as the No. 1 Test side - would provide a stiff challenge if their pace attack stays free of injury. India's bowling will be strengthened by the return of Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth, both of whom missed the recent West Indies tour due to injury.

"England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We're a good side, a settled side, and we've been playing good cricket over the last couple of years. If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we'll be very competitive."

The hugely anticipated series pits two sides who have built formidable records in Tests over the past two years - England haven't been beaten since early 2009, winning seven of their past eight series, and India last lost a series nearly three years ago.

"It's a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context. We won in England last time [2007], so from that point of view England will want to do better this time."

Dravid, who is currently at No. 3 in the top Test-runs scorers' chart - and only 49 shy of Ricky Ponting - said India's success in the longest format is a highlight of his career. "I've seen Indian cricket since 1996, and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No. 1 Test team - not just for a short period of time, because we've now been there for more than a year - it's something I'm very proud of."

pulijose
07-13-2011, 12:42 PM
:ssrocks: :ssrocks: ith 1st threadile ninte oru post edit cheyth avide idooo... :gdance:

Done...:handshake:

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:43 PM
Cheteshwar Pujara, the India batsman, will be out of action for four months after undergoing knee surgery. He injured his right knee during the IPL earlier this year and missed out on much of that tournament and was forced to skip the recently concluded West Indies tour as well.

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Cheteshwar Pujara needs four more months to recover from
right-knee surgery

Pujara, 23, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and still needs the help of crutches to walk. "The last time I injured my left knee, during IPL-II, there was a lot of pain," he told the Indian Express. "This time there was no pain at all and doctors believed I could get fit for the tour of England. But I was asked to consult Dr Andrew Williams (in England) who advised me to undergo surgery."

The surgery puts the brakes on Pujara's attempts to seal a permanent spot in the Test XI. After several seasons of heavy run-scoring in the domestic circuit, he delivered on Test debut last year with an enterprising second-innings 72 to seal a home series win against Australia.

His absence from the West Indies tour and the forthcoming visit to England allows other contenders like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to make their case for the only middle-order opening available in the Indian team.

"I don't know what the future holds. I'm hopeful of making a comeback," Pujara said. "I think I have given my best during the opportunities I have got."

Another, more senior, member of the Indian team is also at the NCA recovering from injury. Virender Sehwag, who had shoulder surgery in May, spent 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon facing gentle throwdowns. He hasn't played since the IPL, and will miss at least the first Test of the England series.

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:44 PM
Done...:handshake:

:thanks: :cheers: :cheers: :machu:

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Zaheer Khan has been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the BCCI, the board's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty has said. If awarded, Zaheer will become the 44th Indian cricketer to be given the honour, which was instituted in 1961 by the Indian government to recognise outstanding achievement in national sport.

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Zaheer Khan was the joint-leading wicket-taker at the 2011
World Cup

Zaheer has been India's go-to man in recent years, playing a big role in the side's overseas Test wins that have helped them climb to the top of the rankings. Since re-establishing himself in the Test side in 2007, he has been Man of the Series on three occasions, and has also mentored the younger fast bowlers in the side. In ODIs since the beginning of 2010, he has picked up 41 wickets from 24 games, averaging 25.07. Twenty-one of those wickets came in India's victorious World Cup campaign, making him the tournament's joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Shahid Afridi.

Several of his team-mates including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have previously received the award. The last cricketer to win the Arjuna Award was India women's captain Jhulan Goswami in 2010.


:kayyadi: :kayyadi: Kurach naal koode kazhinjaal Dronacharya award'nu recoomend cheyyaam... :nallatha: Sure aayitt pulli Indiayude Bowling coach aavum, after retirement.. :kayyadi:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 12:47 PM
:meesha:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 12:47 PM
:thanks: :cheers: :cheers: :machu:

Aliyaa...First page Kurachu koode attractive aakki..Aa Sachinte article koodi cherth...:adipoli:

ik7
07-13-2011, 12:51 PM
Aliyaa...First page Kurachu koode attractive aakki..Aa Sachinte article koodi cherth...:adipoli:

:kaikott: :kaikott: kidilan...

ik7
07-13-2011, 05:13 PM
NATWEST final, Lords'il India jeyichappol Daada Jersey oori veeshiyitt innu 9 varshamaavunnu...June 13..!!!!!!!!!!!!

Veendum oru June Maasatthil Team India Englandil kalikkaanorungunnu... :litos:

pulijose
07-13-2011, 05:37 PM
NATWEST final, Lords'il India jeyichappol Daada Jersey oori veeshiyitt innu 9 varshamaavunnu...June 13..!!!!!!!!!!!!

Veendum oru June Maasatthil Team India Englandil kalikkaanorungunnu... :litos:

ithu july alle kannaa! :litos:

TINJU JISHNU
07-13-2011, 08:31 PM
ICC ude list vach thread onnumille?? :|

hadlee kku bat cheyyaan ariyillaayirunnenkil chelappol team il kayariyaane..

ik7
07-14-2011, 12:04 PM
ithu july alle kannaa! :litos:

appo july thanne..sorry...maasama maarippoyatha... :rock:

pulijose
07-14-2011, 03:55 PM
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pulijose
07-14-2011, 05:48 PM
:meesha:

ik7
07-14-2011, 06:07 PM
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evanmaarokke enthu paranju pokkiyaalum sachinu ariyaam pulliyude valuppam..athukond pokki pokki sughippikkaamennu evanmaaru vicharikkanda..... :rock: :whistle:

pulijose
07-14-2011, 06:31 PM
evanmaarokke enthu paranju pokkiyaalum sachinu ariyaam pulliyude valuppam..athukond pokki pokki sughippikkaamennu evanmaaru vicharikkanda..... :rock: :whistle:
:puka::puka:

ik7
07-14-2011, 06:57 PM
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Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni address the media ahead of
India's practice match against Somerset in Taunton

Details purake varunnathaayirikkum.. :peace:

Sunny
07-14-2011, 10:33 PM
I am eagerly waiting for this series...with WI nammal best players illathe thanne valare nannaittu kalichu...especially bowling was really good...

my dream team for the first test

Sehwag
Gambhir
Dravid
Sachin
Laxman
Raina
Dhoni
Harbhajan
Ishant
Zaheer
Praveenkumar

With 3 quality seamers and harbhajan as a specialist spinner...with two part time spinners (Sehwag and Raina)...yes...it might be just amazing...see the batting...upto Harbhajan everybody can score runs..at times Praveen kumar also...:poli:

Niranjan
07-15-2011, 01:54 AM
I am eagerly waiting for this series...with WI nammal best players illathe thanne valare nannaittu kalichu...especially bowling was really good...

my dream team for the first test

Sehwag
Gambhir
Dravid
Sachin
Laxman
Raina
Dhoni
Harbhajan
Ishant
Zaheer
Praveenkumar

With 3 quality seamers and harbhajan as a specialist spinner...with two part time spinners (Sehwag and Raina)...yes...it might be just amazing...see the batting...upto Harbhajan everybody can score runs..at times Praveen kumar also...:poli:

I prefer Sreesanth rather than Praveen for Test matches :Yahoo:Karanam pace illathe wicket edukkan budhimuttanu testil :silenced:

Niranjan
07-15-2011, 01:55 AM
ee series thottal India yude NO1 test team position nashtapedum ennu kandu - sariyano :thallukolli:

Jeff
07-15-2011, 02:21 AM
ee series thottal India yude NO1 test team position nashtapedum ennu kandu - sariyano :thallukolli:

margin of 2-il tolkukayanenkil

Eng- 4 Ind - 0 => Eng=125 points India=117 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 0 => Eng=124 points India=119 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 1=> Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 0 => Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 1 => Eng=121 points India=121 aavum

Eng- 0 Ind - 4 => Eng=112 points India=131 aavum
Eng- 1 Ind - 2 => Eng=116 points India=127 aavum

Jeff
07-15-2011, 02:27 AM
Mikkavarum Series England 2-1 nu jayikkum

Niranjan
07-15-2011, 02:58 AM
Thanks Jeff :worried:

Sunny
07-15-2011, 03:46 AM
ee series thottal India yude NO1 test team position nashtapedum ennu kandu - sariyano :thallukolli:

yes

http://i53.tinypic.com/swzay0.jpg

Sunny
07-15-2011, 03:49 AM
I prefer Sreesanth rather than Praveen for Test matches :Yahoo:Karanam pace illathe wicket edukkan budhimuttanu testil :silenced:

Nalla swing undengil especially with new ball, I think that is better..

Sunny
07-15-2011, 03:52 AM
Mikkavarum Series England 2-1 nu jayikkum

Nokkiyirunna mathi...mazha chathichillengil India test series jayichirikkum..we are in a winning streak...angane oru team'ne angane angu tholpikkan pattilla...first test first innings mikkavaarum Indian batting flop aakum...they need some time to get used with the wicket....athu kazhinjal pinne pidichal kittilla...one day also I give slight edge to India..:strong:

Sunny
07-15-2011, 03:54 AM
margin of 2-il tolkukayanenkil

Eng- 4 Ind - 0 => Eng=125 points India=117 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 0 => Eng=124 points India=119 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 1=> Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 0 => Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 1 => Eng=121 points India=121 aavum

Eng- 0 Ind - 4 => Eng=112 points India=131 aavum
Eng- 1 Ind - 2 => Eng=116 points India=127 aavum

wow..thanks Jeff

Jeff
07-15-2011, 08:30 AM
Nokkiyirunna mathi...mazha chathichillengil India test series jayichirikkum..we are in a winning streak...angane oru team'ne angane angu tholpikkan pattilla...first test first innings mikkavaarum Indian batting flop aakum...they need some time to get used with the wicket....athu kazhinjal pinne pidichal kittilla...one day also I give slight edge to India..:strong:



^^ England last 10 yrs-le strongest aanu..

Raju
07-15-2011, 08:34 AM
enganeyayalum, nalla oru series ayirikkum. english wickets aus / sa pole bouncy allenkilum lateral movement indavum. Big 3 + sehwag clickiyal matrame indiakku valiya scores paduthuyarthanavoo. windies series ozhichu virthiyal dravid away tours-il pazhaya dravid alla. srilankan series njan follow cheythilla, scores okke enganeyayirunnu avo.

slight edge for england, imo.

Sunny
07-15-2011, 08:36 AM
^^ England last 10 yrs-le strongest aanu..

good...nalla oru fight nadakkum...:lee:

Sunny
07-15-2011, 09:02 AM
Kashtam..!!! Sehwag is not going to play the first two tests..

http://i54.tinypic.com/6r11mu.jpg

pulijose
07-15-2011, 09:41 AM
Mikkavarum Series England 2-1 nu jayikkum

pinne.. Maximum poyaal Eng draw pidikkum. Allathe avar series edukkanonnum ponilla..

pulijose
07-15-2011, 09:42 AM
Kashtam..!!! Sehwag is not going to play the first two tests..

http://i54.tinypic.com/6r11mu.jpg

:ayyo:

ik7
07-15-2011, 12:41 PM
margin of 2-il tolkukayanenkil

Eng- 4 Ind - 0 => Eng=125 points India=117 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 0 => Eng=124 points India=119 aavum
Eng- 3 Ind - 1=> Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 0 => Eng=123 points India=120 aavum
Eng- 2 Ind - 1 => Eng=121 points India=121 aavum

Eng- 0 Ind - 4 => Eng=112 points India=131 aavum
Eng- 1 Ind - 2 => Eng=116 points India=127 aavum




yes

http://i53.tinypic.com/swzay0.jpg


Kashtam..!!! Sehwag is not going to play the first two tests..

http://i54.tinypic.com/6r11mu.jpg

:ops: :omg:ithokke vaayikkunna namukk tension undaavumenkil nammade players ethra maathram sammardhatthilaayirikkum...onnaam sthaanam nilanirtthuka ennathaavum avarkk kooduthal pressure kodukkunnath..lets leave all these...let them play their natural game... :pray:

enthokke nokkanam namukk?sreesanth akramaasakthanaavaathe nokkanam, ishant oru ball eriyaan kooduthal time edukkunnath nokkanam..praveen kumar orupaad thavana danger areayil keraaathe nokkanam...ho! Engalndile saahacharyatthil Mukund ne pole ulla new face ne opener aakkaathirikkunnathaavum nallath...experienced aayaa Wasim Jaffer(or somebody like that,except Murali vijay) enkilum venamaayirunnu..athrem experience namukk vendathund, prathyekichum sehwag injury aayirikke...allenkil yuvrajneyo rainayeyo pidhc open cheyyikkanam...

ik7
07-15-2011, 12:45 PM
Sehwag'nu kalikkaan kazhiyillenkil India,Dravidnekkond open cheyyikkanam Gambir'nu oppam...so that we can play both raina n yuvraj in the eleven...aadhyathe wicket mukund nte roopatthil aadhyam pokkunnathinekkaal nallathalle wicket kaakkunna dravid oridath solid aayi nikkunnath?

ik7
07-15-2011, 12:48 PM
Ideal Eleven:

01.Gambir
02.Dravid
03.Raina
04.Sachin
05.Laxman
06.Yuvraj
07.Dhoni
08.Harbajan
09.Zaheer
10.Ishant
11.Praveen/ Sreesanth

Raju
07-15-2011, 02:06 PM
Sehwag'nu kalikkaan kazhiyillenkil India,Dravidnekkond open cheyyikkanam Gambir'nu oppam...so that we can play both raina n yuvraj in the eleven...aadhyathe wicket mukund nte roopatthil aadhyam pokkunnathinekkaal nallathalle wicket kaakkunna dravid oridath solid aayi nikkunnath?

alla..........ganguly captain ayirunna kalath nadathi parajayappetta experiment aanu ithu.......

Niranjan
07-15-2011, 02:11 PM
Sehwag'nu kalikkaan kazhiyillenkil India,Dravidnekkond open cheyyikkanam Gambir'nu oppam...so that we can play both raina n yuvraj in the eleven...aadhyathe wicket mukund nte roopatthil aadhyam pokkunnathinekkaal nallathalle wicket kaakkunna dravid oridath solid aayi nikkunnath?

No - Dravid varshangal ayi Solid NO3 batsman anu - Pulliye pettanu pidichu open cheyikkunnathu Mandatharam anu - Specialist Openers thanne venam Open cheyyan :banana:

ik7
07-15-2011, 03:12 PM
alla..........ganguly captain ayirunna kalath nadathi parajayappetta experiment aanu ithu.......

innathe avastha vech, laxmanum sachinum dravidum aethu positionilum kalikkaan praaptharalle..ivarkk thanne prashnamaanenkil junior'sne enth cheyyum?


No - Dravid varshangal ayi Solid NO3 batsman anu - Pulliye pettanu pidichu open cheyikkunnathu Mandatharam anu - Specialist Openers thanne venam Open cheyyan :banana:

mukund apt aanennu thonnunnundo? :nailbit: somebody else needed na?
pinne middle orderil aare maataanaanuyuvarajneyum rainayeyum kalippikkuka?:pavam:

Niranjan
07-15-2011, 03:24 PM
innathe avastha vech, laxmanum sachinum dravidum aethu positionilum kalikkaan praaptharalle..ivarkk thanne prashnamaanenkil junior'sne enth cheyyum?



mukund apt aanennu thonnunnundo? :nailbit: somebody else needed na?
pinne middle orderil aare maataanaanuyuvarajneyum rainayeyum kalippikkuka?:pavam:

Vere arelum Team yil illatha sthithiku Mukund thanne open cheyyum - Pinne Yuvi purathirikkum - Formil ulla Raina kalikkum - Yuvraj testil atra kidu player anenna abhiprayam enikkilla :order:

ik7
07-15-2011, 03:28 PM
Vere arelum Team yil illatha sthithiku Mukund thanne open cheyyum - Pinne Yuvi purathirikkum - Formil ulla Raina kalikkum - Yuvraj testil atra kidu player anenna abhiprayam enikkilla :order:

ath enikkumilla..pakshe yuviyude ippozhathe form aanu vishayam... :giggle:

ik7
07-15-2011, 04:50 PM
India are set to be without Virender Sehwag for the first two Tests against England and there is still no definite timetable for his return following the shoulder surgery that ruled him out of the West Indies tour.

It had already been announced that Sehwag will be joining the tour two weeks late after being given extra time to recover at home but uncertainty remains over the seriousness of his problem. "We've heard that he'll be over here for maybe the third and fourth Test, so we're crossing our fingers for that," Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, said.

On the recent tour of West Indies, India had an entirely new opening combination with Gautam Gambhir also missing out with an injury. Abhinav Mukund partnered Murali Vijay for the three matches and did enough to secure a berth to England having made 147 runs at in six innings.

Mukund now faces the prospect of joining forces with Gambhir to face England's new-ball attack at Lord's and Trent Bridge. MS Dhoni wants his side to be given a solid platform but knows Sehwag's boots are tough to fill. "We are a side that relies on our openers quite a bit," he said. "If we get off to a good start then we can really capitalise with the middle order we have.

"As far as Virender Sehwag is concerned, there aren't many cricketers in the world who can have the impact he can. Of course we'll miss him, but the good thing for Indian cricket is it gives a chance to a youngster like Mukund who can have a look at international cricket and see what areas he needs to improve. Viru will be back at some point, but it's good to have Gautam back as well."

Sehwag, though, is just one part of a formidable batting line-up that will include the returning Sachin Tendulkar along with Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Fletcher also believes that the tough batting conditions India faced in West Indies will stand them in good stead for the series ahead.

"In West Indies, without some top players, they played on some spicy wickets - two like I'd never been involved with before - it was really quick, it bounced and seamed," he said. "They handled it well. So we feel they are in a good space at the moment and can carry on."

Dhoni, meanwhile, isn't overly concerned that India only have their three-day match against Somerset as preparation because the team are coming off their hard-fought series in the Caribbean, although he may have been lulled slightly by the warm day on Thursday. The forecast isn't so promising.

"The West Indian climate is quite different but there's nice weather here for cricket. I don't think there's too much pressure on us to acclimatise," he said. "The last two days we've had fantastic net sessions. In West Indies, wickets were slightly different. It was a challenge for the batsmen because shot-playing wasn't very easy. Over here it might be a bit different because the outfield should be miles faster than what we had in West Indies."

ik7
07-15-2011, 04:54 PM
India's opening tour match against Somerset will give a first glimpse of what could become one of the most intriguing battles of the summer: Andrew Strauss versus Zaheer Khan

England and India begin their Test series next week at Lord's, but there will be an early taste of what's on offer when the tourists play their three-day match against Somerset. And that's not just because it will be a chance to see MS Dhoni's team, but because it is set to be round one of Andrew Strauss versus Zaheer Khan.

It's not a contest that will decide the series - England are good enough to win without Strauss's runs and India have other bowlers besides Zaheer - but it's an intriguing head-to-head. Strauss has issues with left-arm quicks and Zaheer is the best in the business. For both players Taunton is important; Strauss ideally needs a decent score before the Test series and Zaheer needs miles in his legs having not played since the IPL.

The two sides are, of course, seeing the opportunity very differently. Strauss is playing down the significance of the outing, suggesting he would need it even if he had scored plenty of runs against Sri Lanka rather than the 27 he managed in four innings, but there was a hint from Duncan Fletcher that India see it as a chance to make an early mark.

"If he gets out early there's a chance we'll have something over him, but I believe our bowlers are pretty confident at the moment even if he does get runs," Fletcher said. "You are allowed to get runs at some stage. From our point of view we have to be careful that there are other batsmen in that side we need to look at. The problem really lies with Straussy, if he feels he has a problem it's more a concern for him than us."

MS Dhoni, meanwhile, had a wry grin when asked about his leading bowler against the England captain. "One thing for sure I won't be thinking much about Zaheer versus Strauss," he said. "Strauss will be batting and Zaheer bowling. It's good practice for both of them and we'll try to get the most we can out of this game because Zaheer hasn't been bowling for a while. Records don't play a big role."

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Andrew Strauss does some work in the nets with former
South Africa opener Jimmy Cook ahead of India's tour match
against Somerset

Strauss, who spent part of the afternoon facing a bowling machine on the outfield, insists that what happens over the next three days won't have a major bearing on the series. Since the end of the Sri Lanka Tests he has played one innings for Middlesex where he made 2 against Gloucestershire and has since been restricted to net sessions.

"It's not a gamble," he said. "I've played no cricket for three weeks so it was crucial for me to be able to play some cricket this week. I don't think I've ever taken part in a Test match having not played cricket for three weeks beforehand.

"Thankfully this opportunity came up otherwise I would be probably be playing a second team game for Middlesex somewhere. What I do this week is not going to have a dramatic effect on the Test series but it will be nice to get some runs to feel confident, see a lot of their bowling and move to Lord's in a good frame of mind."

Strauss's form - and his performance against Zaheer - is just one of many potential themes that will emerge over the next five weeks, which is what makes for such an enticing prospect. It was confirmed on Thursday that if England win the series by two clear Tests they will overtake India and secure the No. 1 spot for the first time.

It has been the stated ambition of the Strauss-Flower regime to propel England to the top but now that it's within touching distance the captain doesn't want minds to wander away from the smaller goal of each Test match.

"It's possible to jump up rankings and fall back over a couple of games," Strauss said. "I think what we're looking at is to become No.1, but a little more sustained than that. It would be great if we can achieve this goal this summer. But I wouldn't say the hard work would be done then. It's one thing being No.1 in the world but quite another to be acknowledged all round as No.1 in the world."

ik7
07-15-2011, 04:57 PM
The India bandwagon has rolled into town and it has brought with it a familiar face. Duncan Fletcher left the England coaching job after the 2007 World Cup, which began a turbulent time for the team, and now returns to try and plot their downfall and sustain India's grip on the No. 1 ranking in Tests.

The manner in which Fletcher departed the England role - following a 0-5 Ashes whitewash and a dire World Cup - left behind poor memories of a successful period in which the team regained the Ashes in 2005 and became a major Test, although not one-day, force. The Fletcher that returns in 2011 doesn't appear to have changed much; he still wears the dark glasses, still doesn't smile much and still doesn't give much away.

But his challenge is quite different. With England, his job involved coaching a team building towards an ultimate aim and, despite the 2005 Ashes success, they never quite fulfilled what their talent promised. Now, he is in charge of the World Cup holders and the top-ranked Test side. It is possible to suggest the only way from here is down, and failure is not tolerated easily in Indian cricket.

However, Fletcher's coaching juices have started flowing again, after a period when he believed his time in a full-time top job was finished. "To be honest I think I did [hang up the coaching boots]," he said. "It's strange being back in this role. When I left England I didn't think I'd be back, involved in this way. But after doing some consultancy for South Africa, New Zealand and Hampshire I got the bug again.

"Then this opportunity came up, and it was one I couldn't turn down. It does seem a bit strange to be back here, but I've enjoyed working with India. We had a good tour in West Indies and this will be an exciting series to be involved in."

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Duncan Fletcher finds it exciting to work with MS Dhoni,
whom he terms 'a legend of the game'

Fletcher will clearly be well paid for his job (although it probably matches the expectations that come with it) but he still retains that hunger to help players, especially batsmen, make the most of potential that other coaches may find tougher to spot. Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan were the best examples from his England days, but so too is the current captain Andrew Strauss.

"I've got huge regard for Duncan as a man and a coach," Strauss said. "He was integral in me changing from a promising county player to a full-fledged Test player. It's great to see him coach India. I'm sure he's delighted with that opportunity."

The situation is slightly different for Fletcher this time around, since India's batting line-up includes some of the finest players to grace the game. In many ways it could be an intimidating position for him to be in, as there will be a complete generational shift within the India team when Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman eventually move on. They may outlast Fletcher, but if they don't, his coaching legacy will be what he can do to replace them.

However, Fletcher still believes the great players can be helped and wants to split his time between working with the senior figures while also nurturing members of the next generation such as Suresh Raina. "It happened in the West Indies where I did a bit of work with Rahul. Every batsman needs help at times - look at the top golfers who lose their game and someone has to be there to help identify the reason. I also work with the young players to pass on knowledge and make sure they get experience as quickly as possible.

"I find it exciting just working with MS [Dhoni] and VVS Laxman who are two legends of the game," he added. "Even talking to Harbhajan Singh over his bowling has been fantastic. When these individuals come in it just helps and inspires you. They can probably teach me more than I can teach them, it is a pleasant and enjoyable journey I hope."

Fletcher is building new friendships with the India team but one of the fascinating sub-plots to this series is his relationship with some current England players. Many began their international careers under Fletcher and his bond with Kevin Pietersen remains especially strong. He keeps in contact with a number of players but chats may be more limited over the next couple of months.

"I have talked to them on the phone since taking the job on odd occasions - not always about cricket," he said. "I'll play it by ear and see how it goes. They are good friends."

Friendship also means knowledge of what they are like as players. Despite the pedigree of the players at India's disposal, Fletcher's inside tips could yet prove a vital factor although both sides are saying a lot has changed in four years.

"I've always said the planning aspect to the Test series is important but not nearly as important as players going out and doing it under pressure," Strauss said. "I don't think he's going to tell them anything they particularly don't know about us. The key with all these plans is to administer them in the middle."

Fletcher, though, is too canny not to have a few ideas up his sleeve. "The team has changed quite a bit," he said. "We'll have to look at the tapes we've got over the next few days. It's difficult to assess how teams are better and who is the best. If you look at statistics it says India are, but England have definitely improved under Straussy and Andy Flower. They've got the side back on track and have played some really good cricket. We are going to need to play very good cricket as well."

And if India play well enough to repeat their series victory from 2007 Fletcher might even manage a smile.

ik7
07-15-2011, 04:59 PM
Indiayude 1st Tour Match began with Somerset:


- Somerset won the toss and elected to bat

ik7
07-15-2011, 05:02 PM
Indian XI:

G Gambhir (C),
A Mukund,
R Dravid,
SR Tendulkar,
Yuvraj Singh,
SK Raina,
WP Saha(Wk†),
Z Khan,
A Mishra,
S Sreesanth,
MM Patel

Somerset XI:

AJ Strauss, AV Suppiah, NRD Compton,
CR Jones,
JC Hildreth,
JC Buttler(Wk†),
PD Trego,
CAJ Meschede,
AC Thomas (C),
MTC Waller,
CM Willoughby

ik7
07-15-2011, 05:04 PM
Indiayude bowlers vellam kudikkunnu oru wkt veezhthaanaayi..22 over aayi..No wkt fell...Strauss found form against Zaheer lead Indian Pace trio..So far Strauss scored 66*(77Balls) hitting 13 fours..

Score: 80/0 (22.0 over)

ik7
07-15-2011, 05:07 PM
India rested Harbajan,Laxman, Praveen along with Dhoni..Sehwag not available due to Injury.. :(

Jeff
07-15-2011, 11:30 PM
Sehwag'nu kalikkaan kazhiyillenkil India,Dravidnekkond open cheyyikkanam Gambir'nu oppam...so that we can play both raina n yuvraj in the eleven...aadhyathe wicket mukund nte roopatthil aadhyam pokkunnathinekkaal nallathalle wicket kaakkunna dravid oridath solid aayi nikkunnath?

athu correct. Enthayalum Draid first 10 oversnullil creasil ethum :ennekollu:

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:08 AM
athu correct. Enthayalum Draid first 10 oversnullil creasil ethum :ennekollu:

:ayye: :giggle:

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:16 AM
Somerset v Indians, Tour Match, Taunton, 1st day:

Indian bowlers struggle for impact

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:19 AM
Score: Somerset 329/2 (75.0 over) - Suppiah 145*, Compton 88( c Yuvraj Singh b Raina), Strauss 78( c †Saha b Mishra)

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:21 AM
Somerset cash in after Strauss finds form

Andrew Strauss warmed up for next week's first Test by taking the early honours at the start of the head-to-head with Zaheer Khan on his guest appearance for Somerset and Arul Suppiah hit an unbeaten 145 as India were made to toil at Taunton. He and Suppiah added 101 for the first wicket before Suppiah and Nick Compton put on 223 between two stoppages for rain to take the home side to an imposing 329 for 2.

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Arul Suppiah cracked an unbeaten 145 on the first day of
India's tour match against Somerset

Strauss struck 11 boundaries in bringing up his half century from a sprightly 63 balls. All his shots were in good working order as he drove, pulled and glanced his way into form ahead of Lord's next week. He did have a couple of close shaves; firstly on 20 when Zaheer had a big lbw shout turned down by Graham Lloyd and then on 64 when Wriddhiman Saha, the reserve wicketkeeper playing in place of the rested MS Dhoni, dropped an edge off Amit Mishra. However, the keeper took the next chance when an edge bobbled off the pad and looped in the air as Strauss departed for 78. In the context of the runs that followed he missed out.

The loan deal for Strauss has provoked debate, both about the whether the structure of domestic cricket does all it can to help the England team, and also what Somerset are gaining from the move. Despite coming off a four-day Championship match the county fielded a number of first-team regulars, including England Lions captain James Hildreth, and somebody has sat out to let Strauss play. However, he received a warm ovation as he left the field following his innings and, wearing his Somerset kit, appeared to have been adopted at least for the day.

"He looked very good, he was moving his feet very well and striking the ball out of the middle," Suppiah said of Strauss. "It's just a shame he got out, he probably could have got a hundred but he played really well. He looks hungry for runs, left the ball well and played straight which is the main thing for an opener."

The battle with Zaheer was a gentle precursor of what will follow in the Tests as the bowler eased himself back into action after a lengthy lay-off following the IPL. The initial overs of Zaheer's first spell were friendly, but he started to generate a touch more pace and find some swing later in an eight-over burst.

Zaheer is the only one of this India attack certain to play at Lord's next week with Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar rested following their workload in the Caribbean. It meant a chance for Sreesanth and Munaf Patel to stake a claim for the third seamer's slot, although neither made a compelling case to replace Kumar. The attack actually looked toothless - Suresh Raina's late wicket of Compton came when the batsman reverse-swept to short third man - but India will back themselves to lift for the major challenge.

Sreesanth was tight to begin with but Strauss started to take to him with three boundaries in an over as he moved to his half-century. Patel, meanwhile, was steady but didn't provide much threat. Mishra began with three no-balls in his first three overs and Strauss picked off the legspinner with ease, pulling him over midwicket and driving through the off side, before the bowler struck back.

While Strauss's runs will be welcome, he'll know that they don't guarantee a successful start to the Tests. Ahead of the Sri Lanka series he scored two hundreds - one of them against the visitors at Uxbridge - but then struggled to convert that when the internationals began and ended with 27 runs from four innings.

With the focus understandably on Strauss, Suppiah was a quiet partner in every sense at the other end. He didn't register a boundary until the start of the second hour when he played a lovely straight drive, but a sign of the gentle nature of the surface was that he, too, didn't have many alarms.

Rain brought a lengthy stoppage shortly after lunch but when the skies cleared Suppiah and Compton made positive progress as India found wickets elusive. Suppiah became increasingly positive on either side of his half century, but India missed a chance to break the partnership when Compton, on 24, was dropped at square by Sachin Tendulkar when he pulled Sreesanth.

Compton cashed in on his chance with a series of well-timed boundaries, one of which was a stand-and-deliver cover drive off Zaheer who was the pick of a disappointing seam attack, as he reached a half century from 74 deliveries. Mishra was taken at more than four-an-over and also dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance off Suppiah, who was on 71. Mishra was forced him to leave the field mid-over for treatment on his finger but was said to be fine. The 17 overs shared by the part-time spinners, Raina and Yuvraj Singh, cost 110 runs including 18 off one Yuvraj over.

The resumption after tea was delayed by further rain, but the final hour was possible which gave Suppiah the chance to register his sixth first-class hundred from 179 balls, and he is closing in a new career-best. It's been a good time for Suppiah recently because he registered world record Twenty20 figures for 6 for 5 last week. And it won't have done him any harm to score runs in front of the England captain.

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:22 AM
Indiayude Peru kaetta bowling nirayude prakadanam:


Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 15 2 51 0 3.40
S Sreesanth 16 3 64 0 4.00 (1nb, 2w)
MM Patel 12.1 4 30 0 2.46 (1nb)
A Mishra 14.5 0 69 1 4.65 (7nb)
SK Raina 8 0 42 1 5.25
Yuvraj Singh 9 0 68 0 7.55 (1nb)

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:24 AM
Shaanthante Pose: :giggle:

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Sreesanth and the other Indian seamers did not make a strong first impression, Somerset v Indians, Tour match, Taunton, 1st day, July 15, 2011

ik7
07-16-2011, 08:27 AM
Malaysiakkaaran Arul Suppiah (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/player/21221.html) Thakartthu:

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Arul Suppiah cuts during his century against India, Somerset v Indians, Tour match, Taunton, 1st day, July 15, 2011

ik7
07-16-2011, 05:09 PM
Somerset v Indians, Tour Match, Taunton, 2nd day:


Rain delays start on second morning

ik7
07-16-2011, 05:14 PM
Bresnan and Finn battle for first Test squad place

England's selectors won't be overly taxed in deciding on the squad for the first Test against India which will be announced on Sunday. The only place to be nailed down is the third fast-bowler's position and whether Stuart Broad retains his spot ahead of Tim Bresnan or Steven Finn.

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Stuart Broad has probably done enough to keep his Test
place
Broad's match haul of 6 for 162 against Somerset, which included 5 for 95 in the first innings, is likely to be enough to spare him the axe following his demotion from the one-day side for the final match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford. Reports from the game at Trent Bridge, where he had a tough contest with Marcus Trescothick, were that he was finding his rhythm again.

"From my point of view, he bowled with good pace, moved the ball off the pitch and through the air, and to get five wickets was a fine return," Chris Read, Nottinghamshire's captain, said during the match. "He has been among the leaders of the England attack in the last couple of years. He is still a young bowler who bowls at 90 mph and we all know what he can do with his height and the bounce he can generate."

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower are big supporters of what Broad brings to the team but the decision to drop him last week has shaken up the pecking order despite Broad being Twenty20 captain. If he does keep his place at Lord's he'll need to start taking significant hauls after claiming eight wickets in the three matches against Sri Lanka and just two in the one-dayers.

The selectors, though, will name 12 so that means a place for either Bresnan or Finn which will keep Broad on his toes in the lead up to the Test. Bresnan missed the chance to build on his successful Ashes series - where he helped secure victories at Melbourne and Sydney - by picking up an injury at the start of the season, which meant Finn earned a chance against Sri Lanka when James Anderson strained his side.

Unlike Finn, Bresnan has had a Championship match to get mileage in his legs. He took four wickets and hit 41 against Worcestershire, at Scarborough, and it was clear how much England rate him when he was brought straight back into the one-day side for the Sri Lanka series having recovered from injury.

He is also a steadier operator than Finn and would give Strauss control which will be important in keeping a tight hold on a strong India batting order. However, Finn has shown the priceless ability to take wickets even when not bowling consistently and is the fastest England bowler to 50 Test scalps.

Away from the competition for Broad's position the England side is set in stone after Eoin Morgan's steady return against Sri Lanka. The opening Test will mark another change in the captaincy as Strauss regains control from Alastair Cook following his 3-2 series win in the ODIs against Sri Lanka. It will be an interesting few days for Strauss as he reasserts his authority while also deciding the immediate future of a fellow international captain.

"It is not like we are doing radically different things - Alastair, myself and Stuart - we are still operating within a general strategy which we have all had a hand in formulating," Strauss said. "So it's not as though the side has completely gone one way and then it's completely gone somewhere else.

"It should be a fairly smooth transition, I think. I'm in a position to come back and let guys know what my plans are and what I expect of them over the course of four Test matches. I've spoken to Alastair as well. The whole communication aspect between the three captains is important, and that's something I'm trying to focus on."

Strauss, himself, spent valuable time in the middle against India when he made 78 for Somerset at Taunton. It provided an early taste of his battle with Zaheer Khan and Strauss comfortably came out on top following his problems against Chanaka Welegedara earlier in the summer, but it promises to be a fascinating confrontation during the series.

Possible squad:
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan

Jeff
07-16-2011, 10:18 PM
Somerset 425/3d
Indians 76/4 (18.3 ov)



:o :o

baappootty
07-16-2011, 11:44 PM
Somerset 425/3d
Indians 138/8 (38.0 ov)
Raina-30*,Sreekkuttan-0*...Sreemonilaanu ini pratheeksha..Ingane poyaal engane Englandinodu pidichu nilkkum?

Sunny
07-17-2011, 04:54 AM
Somerset 425/3d
Indians 138/8 (38.0 ov)
Raina-30*,Sreekkuttan-0*...Sreemonilaanu ini pratheeksha..Ingane poyaal engane Englandinodu pidichu nilkkum?

let us wait for the test..I am sure we are going to see a much different Indian team..

ik7
07-17-2011, 11:30 AM
Somerset 425/3d
Indians 138/8 (38.0 ov)
Raina-30*,Sreekkuttan-0*...Sreemonilaanu ini pratheeksha..Ingane poyaal engane Englandinodu pidichu nilkkum?
8-[ :bheeman: :lock:




let us wait for the test..I am sure we are going to see a much different Indian team..

:cheers: :cheers: :lol:

ik7
07-17-2011, 11:32 AM
sreeshaanthanu rou wkt kittiyittund.. :lol:

Sagar Kottapuram
07-17-2011, 11:33 AM
sreeshaanthanu rou wkt kittiyittund.. :lol:

ake 3 ennamalle avarude poyulu.athil orennam kittyille?:coolguy::coolguy:

ik7
07-17-2011, 11:35 AM
Batsman unconcerned about limited preparation

VVS Laxman is unconcerned about India's limited preparation time in England before the first Test and has backed the team to continue their much-improved overseas performance of the past 10 years. The visitors have struggled in their only warm-up match against Somerset with the bowling far from impressive and the batsmen struggling, but Laxman insists international players know how to adjust.

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VVS Laxman does not think an England tour is the toughest

Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months. Zaheer ended wicketless in the first innings, Gambhir fell for 21 and Tendulkar went for 26. Laxman, meanwhile, is sitting out the match having played three back-to-back Tests against West Indies but his team-mates were given the runaround with Somerset piling up 425 for 3 on a flat pitch.

Rain also cut into the playing time which meant India were left with little more than one session and a day to take what they can from the game before heading to London and the batting then fell in a heap.

On their previous two tours, however, in West Indies and South Africa, India didn't have a single practice match before the Test series. In South Africa they came a cropper in the opening Test, being hammered by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion, but in West Indies they won by 63 runs at Sabina Park and that was enough to take the series 1-0.

"Because of the hectic nature of international cricket even playing one warm-up is a luxury these days," Laxman said. "When we went to West Indies we didn't have a single match before the Tests. We are quite confident and we'll have good net sessions at Lord's.

"In international cricket with the kind of schedules everyone has you have to be ready for any sort of challenge. Saying that, we have an experienced batting line-up who have played in England before so I'm sure that will be helpful for us come Thursday."

The 1-0 series win in the Caribbean continued India's much-improved record away from home. Earlier in the year they came back to draw 1-1 in South Africa and have also held their own in Australia. On the 2007 tour of England they won 1-0 and five years previously shared the series, which Laxman believes played an important part in transforming their fortunes outside of India. There was more than a hint of confidence when he wouldn't single out this tour as harder than others.

"Not necessarily but it's certainly a very challenging tour," he said. "Any overseas tour is always a challenge and we are all very proud of how we have changed our record abroad. When I started we weren't very good but we've improved a lot. Our mindset has changed.

"We got confidence from the 2002 series in England and before that in West Indies where we won at Trinidad, then at Headingley. Those series, and against Australia in 2003, changed our mindset and we started believing in ourselves. It's given us a lot of pride the way we have performed overseas, both collectively and individually.

"Every country offers different challenges. If you look at the wickets in West Indies they were quite tough to bat and when you visit South Africa, New Zealand or Australia they can be tough. They are conditions that are quite alien to you which offer a challenge."

Laxman's record against England is one blot on his fantastic international record. He averages 34.35 against them without a hundred against his career figure of 47.36. He has, however, had more success against England playing away than on home soil which is something of a surprise. Laxman, though, doesn't get too hung up on those figures but is looking forward to a chance of boosting his record against an England attack he calls "formidable".

"I don't have a hundred against them but feel I've played some important knocks but not converted them," he said. "I've always enjoyed facing the England bowling; it's always formidable so I'm looking to maintaining my consistency of recent years and playing some important knocks.

"They have a very balanced attack with real match-winners," he said. "But I don't want to compare and say whether they are the best. It's going to be a highly challenging series, but we believe that if we play to our potential we can beat anyone."

ik7
07-17-2011, 11:36 AM
ake 3 ennamalle avarude poyulu.athil orennam kittyille?:coolguy::coolguy:

athe...adi vaangiyaalum thammil bedham thomman..:kiki:

munaf pateilnu parikk aano?avanu kure maiden und.. :rock:pakshe oru overnte idakk nirthivechirikkunnu... :padachone:

ik7
07-17-2011, 11:41 AM
Willoughby leaves India in tatters


India 138 for 8 (Willoughby 5-50) trail Somerset 425 for 3 dec (Suppiah 156, Compton 88, Strauss 78, Jones 50*) by 287 runs

India's difficult preparations ahead of the first Test continued as their big-name batting order stumbled against Charl Willoughby after watching Somerset pile up 425 for 3 at Taunton. Willoughby claimed 5 for 50, including four scalps in his opening spell, and was backed up by his team-mates as the visitors closed on 138 for 8 with the follow-on looming although the hosts are unlikely to enforce it.

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Charl Willoughby ripped through the Indian top order

Heavy rain then frequent showers delayed play until mid-afternoon and Somerset batted on until shortly before the 100-over allocation of their first innings. It then took the home side less than 18 overs to take more wickets than the visitors managed in 96 as Willoughby, the former South Africa seamer, cut through a star-studded line-up. The home side bowled far better than India, finding a hint of swing, but were aided by some poor shots and not just from players who have been on the sidelines.

India began briskly as Gautam Gambhir, returning from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the West Indies tour, collected five confident boundaries but he seemed in too much of a rush and fell chasing a delivery he could barely reach and edged to the keeper. Abhinav Mukund, who is set to open the batting in the absence of Virender Sehwag, was more circumspect and didn't seem happy with his lbw decision which left India 51 for 2 and brought Tendulkar to the crease.

Tendulkar, as with Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, hasn't played a first-class game since the final Test against South Africa in early January - a gap of more than six months. It showed even from Tendulkar as he had more nervous moments reaching double figures than he can have in a hundred. He survived a close shout for lbw against Alfonso Thomas then slashed flat-footedly at a wide delivery before, but also played a couple of elegant drives.

He was beginning to settle and had moved to 26 when he drove at 19-year-old Craig Meschede's fourth ball and edged through to Jos Buttler. It was Meschede's maiden first-class wicket and one he'll be able to regale stories about for years to come. He might be seeking out Tendulkar to sign the match ball.

By then, India had already lost other senior batsmen. Rahul Dravid edged an uncharacteristically airy drive to second slip and Willoughby had his fourth wicket when Yuvraj Singh was trapped lbw for a duck. Willoughby's performance showed the value of a left-arm seamer which is a variation England are missing in their attack after the retirement of Ryan Sidebottom.

After Tendulkar's departure the slide continued as Wriddhiman Saha fell to Peter Trego without scoring. Following a brief recovery Zaheer Khan lost his middle stump when he played back to Thomas and Amit Mishra spooned to point to give Willoughby his five-wicket haul. Suresh Raina at least remained firm until the close but this wasn't a distinguished performance.

Earlier, India's bowlers had only managed to add one further scalp as Arul Suppiah was removed for a career-best 156. Zaheer and Sreesanth were both given another bowl, the former to try to find rhythm ahead of the Test and the latter to try and force his way into contention. It was Sreesanth who broke through when Suppiah, having passed his previous best of 151, edged low to first slip where Dravid held a low catch.

However, India's intensity was well down and they were happy to wait for Somerset's declaration. Mishra, back on the field after taking a blow on the finger yesterday, continued to have troubled with no-balls, taking his tally to 12 for the innings, while there was some friendly part-rime spin served up by Raina and Yuvraj.

Chris Jones, a 20-year-old batsman starting to force his way into the first eleven, took advantage to register a confident half-century from 69 balls and James Hildreth, the England Lions captain, eased his way to 30 off 28 balls include a huge six over long-on off Mishra. The presumption was that India would also cash in on good batting conditions, but Andrew Strauss will have liked what he saw while stood at first slip.

munshi02
07-17-2011, 12:31 PM
replace yuvaraj singh with kohli..

Mallik Bhai
07-17-2011, 05:18 PM
yuvraj teamil kaanathilla mikkavaarum....Raina hits 103 in 112 balls 14 fours, 5 sixes.

Sunny
07-17-2011, 07:07 PM
Second Innings Somst 83/0 (17.3 ov)

AJ Strauss not out 39 74 63 7 0 61.90
AV Suppiah not out 26 74 47 4 0 55.31

S Sreesanth 5 0 28 0 5.60 (2nb)
MM Patel 8 3 19 0 2.37 (2nb)
A Mishra 4 0 26 0 6.50 (4nb)


Sreesanth'neyum, Munaf'neyum, Amit Mishrayeyum okke Andrew Strauss adichu thakarkkunnathu kanumpol kuttikal deepavalikku kalithokku vachu machine gun aanennu karuthi enjoy cheyyunnathu orma varunnu..... Ivar aarum test'l kalikkathilla..:kiki:.....ee Strauss'ne okke India first over'l paranju vidum...:dancing:

ik7
07-17-2011, 07:11 PM
yuvraj teamil kaanathilla mikkavaarum....Raina hits 103 in 112 balls 14 fours, 5 sixes.

raina rocks.. :rock: yuvi saisyaakum ennurappaayi :biggrin:


Second Innings Somst 83/0 (17.3 ov)

AJ Strauss not out 39 74 63 7 0 61.90
AV Suppiah not out 26 74 47 4 0 55.31

S Sreesanth 5 0 28 0 5.60 (2nb)
MM Patel 8 3 19 0 2.37 (2nb)
A Mishra 4 0 26 0 6.50 (4nb)


Sreesanth'neyum, Munaf'neyum, Amit Mishrayeyum okke Andrew Strauss adichu thakarkkunnathu kanumpol kuttikal deepavalikku kalithokku vachu machine gun aanennu karuthi enjoy cheyyunnathu orma varunnu..... Ivar aarum test'l kalikkathilla..:kiki:.....ee Strauss'ne okke India first over'l paranju vidum...:dancing:

:dreamz: :dreamz: :|

ik7
07-17-2011, 07:14 PM
Raina dazzles with counterattacking ton


Lunch Somerset 425 for 3 dec and 11 for 0 lead India 224 (Raina 103*, Willoughby 6-76) by 212 runs

Suresh Raina gave India a boost as he raced to an unbeaten century on the third morning at Taunton to lift the visitors to 224. He added 84 for the final wicket in 12 overs with Munaf Patel who contributed 6, before Somerset unsurprisingly decided to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on.

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Suresh Raina went on the offensive even as attempts to
bounce him out proved futile

Raina, who began the day on 30, needed just 37 balls to go from his fifty to a hundred. He cut loose in Munaf's company after Sreesanth had lost his off stump to Charl Willoughby to become his sixth wicket. Somerset's bowling wasn't as impressive as on the second day, and they fed Raina's strengths with width outside off while attempts to bounce him out proved futile.

Raina drove, pulled and flicked five sixes to damage Willoughby's figures while Alfonso Thomas also took some harsh punishment. His hundred arrived off 110 balls courtesy of a misfield at mid-off but he didn't have chance to add many more as Munaf was lbw to legspinner Max Waller.

Raina's innings - and Yuvraj Singh's duck on the second day - should have sealed any pre-Test debate over India's No. 6 spot for Lord's. Andrew Strauss probably won't have minded having an extended look at Raina either, as he's someone England haven't faced before in Test matches.

Strauss also got the chance for a second innings as he and Arul Suppiah negotiated five overs until lunch. Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar didn't take the field, but the Indian team manager said they were just resting. It remains to be seen whether Somerset are inclined to give India another bat later this afternoon.

ik7
07-17-2011, 07:15 PM
Bresnan recalled as Broad keeps place

Stuart Broad has kept his place in England's Test squad while Tim Bresnan has been recalled ahead of Steven Finn for the opening match against India, at Lord's, on July 21.

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Tim Bresnan is back in England's Test squad after injury ruled
him out of the Sri Lanka series

Broad's match haul of 6 for 162 against Somerset, which included 5 for 95 in the first innings, was enough to spare him the axe following his demotion from the one-day side for the final match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford. Reports from the game at Trent Bridge, where he had a tough contest with Marcus Trescothick, were that he was finding his rhythm again.

"We watched him bowl here at Trent Bridge in the four-day game. There were signs he was getting back to where he was," Geoff Miller, the national selector, told Sky Sports News. "We know what he is capable of doing, and when he puts on that England shirt we feel sure he will show exactly that and produce the goods and make it difficult for India.

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower are big supporters of what Broad brings to the team - despite just eight wickets in the Tests against Sri Lanka - but the decision to drop him last week has shaken up the pecking order even though Broad is Twenty20 captain. Having retained his place in the squad he still faces pressure for his place in the final XI from Bresnan who played a vital role in the Ashes series at Melbourne and Sydney.

Bresnan missed the chance to build on his successful winter after he was sidelined by the recurrence of a calf injury at the start of the season, which meant Finn earned an opportunity against Sri Lanka when James Anderson missed the Lord's Test with a side strain. However, it was clear how much England rate him when he was brought straight back into the one-day side for the Sri Lanka series having recovered from injury.

"Following the successful Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka we're pleased to be able to include Tim Bresnan in the Test squad after his excellent return from a calf muscle injury," Miller said. "Tim adds further bite to our pace attack along with James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad, who has greatly benefitted from getting overs and wickets under his belt for Nottinghamshire during the week."

Bresnan took four wickets and hit 41 against Worcestershire in the County Championship while Finn was forced to sit out the round with Middlesex not having a game. Bresnan is also a steadier operator than Finn and will give Strauss control, which will be important in keeping a tight hold on a strong India batting order.

"Steven Finn has also benefitted from his time at county level in recent weeks and continues to press hard for Test selection," Miller said. "It's very pleasing to see the depth of quality around our bowling attack particularly with a challenging four-match Test series on the horizon."

Away from the competition for Broad's position the England side is set in stone after Eoin Morgan's steady return against Sri Lanka. Strauss, meanwhile, was able to spend some valuable time in the middle for Somerset, against the Indians, at Taunton, where he made 78 following his lean time against Sri Lanka.


Squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan

pulijose
07-17-2011, 08:01 PM
Somerset 165/2..

Strauss 87...:update:

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:07 PM
amith mishrakk 2 wkt..11 overil 78!!!

pulijose
07-17-2011, 08:09 PM
amith mishrakk 2 wkt..11 overil 78!!!
:ops:

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:10 PM
S Sreesanth 8 1 53 0 6.62

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:11 PM
Peter Trego
(rhb) 43 30 3 4 143.33

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:12 PM
Somerset RR 5.97
Last 10 ovs 89/2 RR 8.90

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:13 PM
amith mishrayude 2 overinide 6 sixum 1 fourum...


peter turgo 32 ballil fifty with a sixer to mishra...

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:14 PM
mishra last two over:
1 6 . 6 1 .
4 6 6 6 6 .

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:15 PM
strauss on 90...

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:21 PM
Strauss on 98*

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:25 PM
Strauss hits ton with four!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Andrew Strauss
(lhb) 102 122 18 1 83.60

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:26 PM
Somerset runrate gone beyond 6 now!!! :hum:


Somerset RR 6.30

pulijose
07-17-2011, 08:26 PM
Strauss...:tonykuttan:

ik7
07-17-2011, 08:29 PM
ee Peter Trego fastest century adikkaan orumbetterangiyirikkya...

pulijose
07-18-2011, 10:33 AM
Match drawn

Somerset - 2nd Innings...> 260/2 declared..

Strauss - 109 notout:thattum:
Trego - 85 notout:poda:

India - 2nd innings...> 69/0

Mukund - 33
Gambhir - 36

:violin:

ik7
07-18-2011, 04:06 PM
Match drawn

Somerset - 2nd Innings...> 260/2 declared..

Strauss - 109 notout:thattum:
Trego - 85 notout:poda:

India - 2nd innings...> 69/0

Mukund - 33
Gambhir - 36

:violin:

:hoh::mathil_idi::bore:

ik7
07-18-2011, 04:12 PM
Ian Bell believes Duncan Fletcher will be a "massive plus" for India in the upcoming Test series as he makes use of knowledge gained during his time with England, but insists the current team is very different from the one Fletcher coached for eight years.

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[I]Ian Bell insists England are a different side to the one Duncan
Fletcher will remember from his days as coach

Fletcher who will have an especially good knowledge of Bell and some of the other English batsmen, upon whom he really made his mark as a coach. Kevin Pietersen retains a very close friendship with Fletcher and the two have kept in contact in recent years especially when Pietersen has struggled for form.

"It's great for India, Duncan Fletcher knows English cricket very well and was very successful over here," Bell told ESPNcricinfo. "He knows Straussy well, he knows myself, he knows Kevin Pietersen. I'm sure we've changed as characters and matured since he's been away, but he'll have a good insight and there's no doubt that's a massive plus for India.

"But in world cricket now information, strengths and weakness, everyone knows about them. We have people working non-stop at Loughborough on stats, percentages and stuff like that. There's no hiding place anymore, so while it's an advantage for India to have him everyone has information about opposition."

Whether Fletcher has compiled a dossier on England's players remains to be seen, Bell is in no doubt about his strengths as a coach. "He's quite a quiet man and goes about his business in his own way," he said at an adidas event. "He'll know everything about what England have. In 2005 he was a massive part of the plans we had for the Australians - like going round the wicket to Adam Gilchrist - and he's got an unbelievable cricket brain. That's his massive strength. We know he's an incredible coach."

Bell, who made his Test debut in 2004, spent his formative years as an international cricketer under the guidance of Fletcher but is one of best examples of a player who will be very different to the one Fletcher remembers. He is averaging over 300 in Tests this year and is confident that a quiet one-day series against Sri Lanka, where he struggled to adapt to the No. 6 position, won't have burst his bubble.

"I don't think I've spent enough time at the crease to lose form," he said. "In one-day cricket I was doing a different role and to be honest I feel fresh and mentally read to go. I just want to pick up the form I've had for the last couple of years. I really do feel I'm a fully rounded Test cricketer and what the next five years hold. I'm desperate to keep improving and have the hunger to get better. We've got some massive goals we want to achieve over the next year as a team."

One of those major team goals is to overtake India as the No. 1 Test team in the world which can be achieved if they win the series by a margin of two Tests. However, the visitors will be strengthened by the return of Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir who were among players rested for the West Indies tour, though all three struggled against Somerset over the weekend. The batting order is full of big names, but Virender Sehwag will miss at least the first two Tests as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

Zaheer, despite taking 0 for 72 against Somerset and looking short of match fitness after a lengthy lay-off, is expected to form a potent new-ball partnership with Ishant Sharma, while Harbhajan Singh will be the main spin option. Bell, though, insists England won't be overawed by the prospect of facing them.

"We respect them, but you can't over-respect them. You have to have the confidence that you can beat them," he said. "India are No. 1 in the world and you don't just do that by having six great batsmen, you do that by taking 20 wickets. They've got world-class bowlers, but that can also bring the best out of our team.

"Last time here Zaheer was incredible, and Harbhajan Singh has just hit 400 Test wickets so it's a massive challenge," he added. "When we played in the Ashes we raised our game and that's what we need to do in this series. It's two form teams going head-to-head and you can't ask for better than that. It's the No. 1 form of the game and as players we want to keep it that way."

ik7
07-18-2011, 04:13 PM
Somerset believe they have played an important part in giving England a head start to the Test series against India after being able to "bully" the visitors for three days in Taunton. The Indians were never a threat in their lone warm-up match before Lord's as their bowling was twice taken apart and the batting folded for 224.

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Arul Suppiah was one of a number of Somerset players who enjoyed good outings against India

For most of the contest, once they had lost the toss on a flat pitch, the Indians didn't appear to have their heart in the game whereas the county side took it very seriously. They were determined to limit the value India could take from the outing, which is why they didn't enforce the follow-on. Then Peter Trego embarrassed them with a 57-ball 85, which left them looking well short of readiness for the first Test.

"I fully understand it's quite difficult for Test sides to get themselves up for these games, however it's about practising good habits," Andy Hurry, the Somerset coach, said. "They are going to come up against a stern test against a side challenging to be No. 1, so they'll have to lift their game. I'm sure they will, playing at the home of cricket, but it's been interesting - their approach and how that reflects in the way they performed.

"It was important that we gave it our best shot and really put them under the pump. We won the toss on a great batting pitch, dominated the game and started to bully them, which is a great position for England to sit back in their seats and appreciate what we have done for them.

"We had an opportunity to build scoreboard pressure, then got our rewards and bowled them out," he said. "They were looking for the follow-on but we weren't giving them that. It was an opportunity for us to go in again and reinforce our position before giving them a little dart at the end to try and bowl them out."

Andrew Strauss, preparing for the Test series with a guest appearance, made the most of his time with scores of 78 and an unbeaten 109 to ensure he enters the main contest in good spirits following his lean time against Sri Lanka earlier in the season. Hurry couldn't praise Strauss highly enough for his short spell with the team and the benefit it brought to the younger players.

"It's been a perfect three days for him," Hurry said. "We kept the Indians in the field for a number of overs. He looked really busy at the wicket and built his innings. He's been outstanding to have in the changing room. The boys have thrived on having him around. He's been a real good egg.

"It's had a huge positive effect on the younger players. Guys who have aspirations of playing for England now understand what the England captain is about. He has an aura about him. [As he] sat in the changing room, the guys were listening to everything he said about batting and the England set-up. It's been positive from all sides."

pulijose
07-18-2011, 05:42 PM
Laxman confident despite limited preparation time



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VVS Laxman does not think an England tour is the toughest


VVS Laxman (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/30750.html) is unconcerned about India's limited preparation time in England before the first Test and has backed the team to continue their much-improved overseas performance of the past 10 years. The visitors have struggled in their only warm-up match against Somerset with the bowling far from impressive and the batsmen struggling, but Laxman insists international players know how to adjust.
Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months. Zaheer ended wicketless in the first innings, Gambhir fell for 21 and Tendulkar went for 26. Laxman, meanwhile, is sitting out the match having played three back-to-back Tests against West Indies but his team-mates were given the runaround with Somerset piling up 425 for 3 on a flat pitch.
Rain also cut into the playing time which meant India were left with little more than one session and a day to take what they can from the game before heading to London.
On their previous two tours, however, in West Indies and South Africa, India didn't have a single practice match before the Test series. In South Africa they came a cropper in the opening Test, being hammered by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion, but in West Indies they won by 63 runs at Sabina Park and that was enough to take the series 1-0.
"Because of the hectic nature of international cricket even playing one warm-up is a luxury these days," Laxman said. "When we went to West Indies we didn't have a single match before the Tests. We are quite confident and we'll have good net sessions at Lord's.
"In international cricket with the kind of schedules everyone has you have to be ready for any sort of challenge. Saying that, we have an experienced batting line-up who have played in England before so I'm sure that will be helpful for us come Thursday."
The 1-0 series win in the Caribbean continued India's much-improved record away from home. They came back to draw 1-1 in South Africa and have also held their own in Australia. On the 2007 tour of England, they won 1-0 and five years previously shared the series, which Laxman believes played an important part in transforming their fortunes outside of India. There was more than a hint of confidence when he wouldn't single out this tour as harder than others.
"Not necessarily but it's certainly a very challenging tour," he said. "Any overseas tour is always a challenge and we are all very proud of how we have changed our record abroad. When I started we weren't very good but we've improved a lot. Our mindset has changed.
"We got confidence from the 2002 series in England and before that in West Indies where we won at Trinidad, then at Headingley. Those series, and against Australia in 2003, changed our mindset and we started believing in ourselves. It's given us a lot of pride the way we have performed overseas, both collectively and individually.
"Every country offers different challenges. If you look at the wickets in West Indies they were quite tough to bat and when you visit South Africa, New Zealand or Australia they can be tough. They are conditions that are quite alien to you which offer a challenge."
Laxman's record against England is one blot on his fantastic international record. He averages 34.35 against them without a hundred against his career figure of 47.36. He has, however, had more success against England playing away than on home soil which is something of a surprise. Laxman, though, doesn't get too hung up on those figures but is looking forward to a chance of boosting his record against an England attack he calls "formidable".
"I don't have a hundred against them but feel I've played some important knocks but not converted them," he said. "I've always enjoyed facing the England bowling; it's always formidable so I'm looking to maintaining my consistency of recent years and playing some important knocks.
"They have a very balanced attack with real match-winners," he said. "But I don't want to compare and say whether they are the best. It's going to be a highly challenging series, but we believe that if we play to our potential we can beat anyone."




India in England: VVS Laxman confident despite limited preparation time | Cricket News | England v India 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/current/story/523468.html)

pulijose
07-18-2011, 06:01 PM
Swing and bounce key to nullify Tendulkar threat: Vaughan


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England have to utilise Chris Tremlett's bounce and James Anderson's swing to nullify the Sachin Tendulkar threat, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan


Chris Tremlett’s bounce and James Anderson’s swing will be key to nullify Sachin Tendulkar’s threat on England in the upcoming Test series against India, reckons former skipper Michael Vaughan.
“I have seen him driving through balls early on and be bowled or lbw on a number of occasions. England could also undermine him with bounce, which is why Tremlett will be key.
“If the ball is swinging, James Anderson nipping back a ball that pitches on fourth stump and hitting middle or off will be very dangerous,” Vaughan said.
He said England should make use of Tendulkar’s vulnerability in the early part of his innings.
“Like all batsmen, he is at his most vulnerable early in the innings to the fuller delivery nipping back. A ball pitching on off stump and coming back through the gate will cause him problems,” Vaughan wrote in the ‘Daily Telegraph’
“England have to remember Tendulkar is only human. He makes mistakes. They must also forget the verbals. Let the ball do the talking instead. It is what he has done with his bat for 20 years.”
Discussing the Indian batsman’s technique, Vaughan said, “There have been various theories about batting over the last decade or so with buzz words such as trigger movements and forward presses. Tendulkar just stands still. He is dead side on. If you sat down with a pen and paper to draw the perfect batsman, you would sketch out Tendulkar’s profile.”
“The mid-on has got to be dead straight for Tendulkar. You can’t allow him to see the gap straight down the ground.
“Your midwicket also has to be straight as well so when he looks to the leg side does not see an easy scoring option.”
Having a quick and bouncy pitch will aid England in their battle against Tendulkar, Vaughan felt.
“To nullify Tendulkar’s threat England will want pace in the pitch so their short balls or length deliveries are zipping through to the keeper,” he said.
“It is just a case of whether the administrators will let that happen (pace and bounce and bounce). They will not want three-day matches. Tendulkar is box office and that equals a lot of money for the Test match grounds. They will want four or five day cricket to maximise their takings,” Vaughan said.
“Lord’s will be packed with fans hoping to see history made. There is an air of goodwill from everyone towards Tendulkar that other great players have not enjoyed. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about him. Normally when you have a guy who is the greatest sportsman in his field, he is seen as selfish and makes enemies. Not Tendulkar.”
What has amazed Vaughan is the fact that despite being 38, Tendulkar is still at the top of his powers.
“After India’s tour to England in 2007 it felt as if we had seen the last of Sachin Tendulkar in this country. Sachin looked a bit fearful of the short ball, which tends to happen towards the end of a player’s career.
“He didn’t score a hundred in the series and averaged only 38. To think he is still on the circuit, playing better than ever and is on the verge of a 100th international century is a phenomenal achievement,” he said of the champion batsman.
While making a comparison with the last tour, Vaughan said the difference from four years ago is that he will not duck and weave. He will take the short ball on. The best players see the short ball as a scoring opportunity, not just something to evade.
According to Vaughan, Tendulkar is at the top of his list simply because of the pressure and weight of expectation he has coped with.
“People ask why he is so good and what sets him apart from the rest? I played in an era of great batsmen but Tendulkar is top of the list simply because of the pressure and weight of expectation he has coped with. He is more famous in India than their prime minister or president.”



The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Swing and bounce key to nullify Tendulkar threat: Vaughan (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/article2236066.ece)

ik7
07-18-2011, 06:55 PM
Swing and bounce key to nullify Tendulkar threat: Vaughan


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England have to utilise Chris Tremlett's bounce and James Anderson's swing to nullify the Sachin Tendulkar threat, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan


Chris Tremlett’s bounce and James Anderson’s swing will be key to nullify Sachin Tendulkar’s threat on England in the upcoming Test series against India, reckons former skipper Michael Vaughan.
“I have seen him driving through balls early on and be bowled or lbw on a number of occasions. England could also undermine him with bounce, which is why Tremlett will be key.
“If the ball is swinging, James Anderson nipping back a ball that pitches on fourth stump and hitting middle or off will be very dangerous,” Vaughan said.
He said England should make use of Tendulkar’s vulnerability in the early part of his innings.
“Like all batsmen, he is at his most vulnerable early in the innings to the fuller delivery nipping back. A ball pitching on off stump and coming back through the gate will cause him problems,” Vaughan wrote in the ‘Daily Telegraph’
“England have to remember Tendulkar is only human. He makes mistakes. They must also forget the verbals. Let the ball do the talking instead. It is what he has done with his bat for 20 years.”
Discussing the Indian batsman’s technique, Vaughan said, “There have been various theories about batting over the last decade or so with buzz words such as trigger movements and forward presses. Tendulkar just stands still. He is dead side on. If you sat down with a pen and paper to draw the perfect batsman, you would sketch out Tendulkar’s profile.”
“The mid-on has got to be dead straight for Tendulkar. You can’t allow him to see the gap straight down the ground.
“Your midwicket also has to be straight as well so when he looks to the leg side does not see an easy scoring option.”
Having a quick and bouncy pitch will aid England in their battle against Tendulkar, Vaughan felt.
“To nullify Tendulkar’s threat England will want pace in the pitch so their short balls or length deliveries are zipping through to the keeper,” he said.
“It is just a case of whether the administrators will let that happen (pace and bounce and bounce). They will not want three-day matches. Tendulkar is box office and that equals a lot of money for the Test match grounds. They will want four or five day cricket to maximise their takings,” Vaughan said.
“Lord’s will be packed with fans hoping to see history made. There is an air of goodwill from everyone towards Tendulkar that other great players have not enjoyed. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about him. Normally when you have a guy who is the greatest sportsman in his field, he is seen as selfish and makes enemies. Not Tendulkar.”
What has amazed Vaughan is the fact that despite being 38, Tendulkar is still at the top of his powers.
“After India’s tour to England in 2007 it felt as if we had seen the last of Sachin Tendulkar in this country. Sachin looked a bit fearful of the short ball, which tends to happen towards the end of a player’s career.
“He didn’t score a hundred in the series and averaged only 38. To think he is still on the circuit, playing better than ever and is on the verge of a 100th international century is a phenomenal achievement,” he said of the champion batsman.
While making a comparison with the last tour, Vaughan said the difference from four years ago is that he will not duck and weave. He will take the short ball on. The best players see the short ball as a scoring opportunity, not just something to evade.
According to Vaughan, Tendulkar is at the top of his list simply because of the pressure and weight of expectation he has coped with.
“People ask why he is so good and what sets him apart from the rest? I played in an era of great batsmen but Tendulkar is top of the list simply because of the pressure and weight of expectation he has coped with. He is more famous in India than their prime minister or president.”



The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Swing and bounce key to nullify Tendulkar threat: Vaughan (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/article2236066.ece)

:cheers: :cheers:

ik7
07-18-2011, 06:57 PM
Laxman confident despite limited preparation time



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VVS Laxman does not think an England tour is the toughest


VVS Laxman (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/30750.html) is unconcerned about India's limited preparation time in England before the first Test and has backed the team to continue their much-improved overseas performance of the past 10 years. The visitors have struggled in their only warm-up match against Somerset with the bowling far from impressive and the batsmen struggling, but Laxman insists international players know how to adjust.
Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months. Zaheer ended wicketless in the first innings, Gambhir fell for 21 and Tendulkar went for 26. Laxman, meanwhile, is sitting out the match having played three back-to-back Tests against West Indies but his team-mates were given the runaround with Somerset piling up 425 for 3 on a flat pitch.
Rain also cut into the playing time which meant India were left with little more than one session and a day to take what they can from the game before heading to London.
On their previous two tours, however, in West Indies and South Africa, India didn't have a single practice match before the Test series. In South Africa they came a cropper in the opening Test, being hammered by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion, but in West Indies they won by 63 runs at Sabina Park and that was enough to take the series 1-0.
"Because of the hectic nature of international cricket even playing one warm-up is a luxury these days," Laxman said. "When we went to West Indies we didn't have a single match before the Tests. We are quite confident and we'll have good net sessions at Lord's.
"In international cricket with the kind of schedules everyone has you have to be ready for any sort of challenge. Saying that, we have an experienced batting line-up who have played in England before so I'm sure that will be helpful for us come Thursday."
The 1-0 series win in the Caribbean continued India's much-improved record away from home. They came back to draw 1-1 in South Africa and have also held their own in Australia. On the 2007 tour of England, they won 1-0 and five years previously shared the series, which Laxman believes played an important part in transforming their fortunes outside of India. There was more than a hint of confidence when he wouldn't single out this tour as harder than others.
"Not necessarily but it's certainly a very challenging tour," he said. "Any overseas tour is always a challenge and we are all very proud of how we have changed our record abroad. When I started we weren't very good but we've improved a lot. Our mindset has changed.
"We got confidence from the 2002 series in England and before that in West Indies where we won at Trinidad, then at Headingley. Those series, and against Australia in 2003, changed our mindset and we started believing in ourselves. It's given us a lot of pride the way we have performed overseas, both collectively and individually.
"Every country offers different challenges. If you look at the wickets in West Indies they were quite tough to bat and when you visit South Africa, New Zealand or Australia they can be tough. They are conditions that are quite alien to you which offer a challenge."
Laxman's record against England is one blot on his fantastic international record. He averages 34.35 against them without a hundred against his career figure of 47.36. He has, however, had more success against England playing away than on home soil which is something of a surprise. Laxman, though, doesn't get too hung up on those figures but is looking forward to a chance of boosting his record against an England attack he calls "formidable".
"I don't have a hundred against them but feel I've played some important knocks but not converted them," he said. "I've always enjoyed facing the England bowling; it's always formidable so I'm looking to maintaining my consistency of recent years and playing some important knocks.
"They have a very balanced attack with real match-winners," he said. "But I don't want to compare and say whether they are the best. It's going to be a highly challenging series, but we believe that if we play to our potential we can beat anyone."




India in England: VVS Laxman confident despite limited preparation time | Cricket News | England v India 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/current/story/523468.html)

:alochana: ithum athum onnalle? :freak:

http://www.snehasallapam.com/1310199-post129.html

:bike: :kudi:

Nick Nack
07-18-2011, 07:07 PM
Tendulkare nullify cheyan swing and bounce pollum... avanmar bounce cheyum, Tendu swing cheyum ... athre ullu...

India edhengillum test tholkum engil adhu 1st test avum, due to lack of preparation... if that happens then 90% the series will end up tied 1-1

If india manage to draw the first test or even win it then we will win the series...

Reptrs from Lords is that the pitch is a batting beauty and should be fine for 5 days... so Dravid ok oru tent ittu avide thane kidanotte... draw aayallum saramilla

Sree
07-18-2011, 09:21 PM
Dravid ok oru tent ittu avide thane kidanotte... draw aayallum saramilla


:lol: :lol: :lol:

munshi02
07-18-2011, 10:01 PM
mudinja ticket charge allel kali kanan povamayirunu

evide nalla mazhayanu first test mazha kondu pojkum

pulijose
07-19-2011, 01:30 PM
Fans select their Greatest Test Team of all time


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Cricket lovers from across the world have cast more than a quarter of million votes this month to choose their Greatest Test team of all time.

Fans voted on the ICC's official website, International Cricket Council - ICC Events, ICC Cricket Rankings, Live Cricket Scores, ODI Fantasy League, Test Predictor (http://www.icc-cricket.com/), using a short list provided by the game's governing body, to pick their leading eleven, as part of the activities to commemorate the 2000th Test Match, which will begin at Lord's between England and India on Thursday.

Four Australians, four Indians, two West Indians and one Pakistani have been named in the ?people's' Dream XI. The final selection is as follows:

Virender Sehwag

Sunil Gavaskar

Donald Bradman

Sachin Tendulkar

Brian Lara

Kapil Dev

Adam Gilchrist (wk)

Shane Warne

Wasim Akram

Curtly Ambrose

Glenn McGrath

Haroon Lorgat, ICC Chief Executive, said: "The huge interest generated during the past month was amazing as media and supporters worldwide speculated and then selected the fan's Greatest Test team of all time. It supports our view of the everlasting popularity of Test match cricket.

"It would have been quite special to see this team take the field of play given the array of batting and bowling talent contained within the playing eleven.

"Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans view on their greatest eleven of all time."

A series of activities are planned during this week in the build-up to and during the England-India Test match to celebrate the 2000th Test.

Fans are encouraged to share their opinions using #lovetestcricket and #testcricket on Twitter.:hurray::hurray::hurray:


International Cricket Council - News (http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/newsdetails.php?newsId=16318_1310994120)

ik7
07-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Tendulkare nullify cheyan swing and bounce pollum... avanmar bounce cheyum, Tendu swing cheyum ... athre ullu...

India edhengillum test tholkum engil adhu 1st test avum, due to lack of preparation... if that happens then 90% the series will end up tied 1-1

If india manage to draw the first test or even win it then we will win the series...

Reptrs from Lords is that the pitch is a batting beauty and should be fine for 5 days... so Dravid ok oru tent ittu avide thane kidanotte... draw aayallum saramilla

:karakkam: :drums: :kidilam:


Fans select their Greatest Test Team of all time


http://static.icc-cricket.yahoo.net/ugc/images/BCDE71E72F61C0415287C28ECDEAE525_1310994273142_646 .jpg

Cricket lovers from across the world have cast more than a quarter of million votes this month to choose their Greatest Test team of all time.

Fans voted on the ICC's official website, International Cricket Council - ICC Events, ICC Cricket Rankings, Live Cricket Scores, ODI Fantasy League, Test Predictor (http://www.icc-cricket.com/), using a short list provided by the game's governing body, to pick their leading eleven, as part of the activities to commemorate the 2000th Test Match, which will begin at Lord's between England and India on Thursday.

Four Australians, four Indians, two West Indians and one Pakistani have been named in the ?people's' Dream XI. The final selection is as follows:

Virender Sehwag

Sunil Gavaskar

Donald Bradman

Sachin Tendulkar

Brian Lara

Kapil Dev

Adam Gilchrist (wk)

Shane Warne

Wasim Akram

Curtly Ambrose

Glenn McGrath

Haroon Lorgat, ICC Chief Executive, said: "The huge interest generated during the past month was amazing as media and supporters worldwide speculated and then selected the fan's Greatest Test team of all time. It supports our view of the everlasting popularity of Test match cricket.

"It would have been quite special to see this team take the field of play given the array of batting and bowling talent contained within the playing eleven.

"Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans view on their greatest eleven of all time."

A series of activities are planned during this week in the build-up to and during the England-India Test match to celebrate the 2000th Test.

Fans are encouraged to share their opinions using #lovetestcricket and #testcricket on Twitter.:hurray::hurray::hurray:


International Cricket Council - News (http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/newsdetails.php?newsId=16318_1310994120)

:kayyadi: :kayyadi:

ik7
07-19-2011, 03:22 PM
Andy Flower, the England team director, wants Stuart Broad to concentrate on improving his accuracy and forget playing the role of England's enforcer. Since Andrew Flintoff retired, Broad has gained a reputation for being the aggressor in England's pace attack, a bowler who can unsettle the batsmen with quick bouncers while the others focus on pitching it up and swinging the ball.

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Stuart Broad has gained a reputation for unsettling batsmen
with bouncers

Broad, however, is now competing with Tim Bresnan for a spot in the first Test against India at Lord's on July 21 after struggling with his form in recent matches.

Flower said he didn't like the term 'enforcer'. "Broad's got pace and bounce and he's a great competitor, but he can be more accurate," he told the Guardian. "I've heard some crazy stuff about him being - and I hate this word - an enforcer. His job is to create pressure and to take wickets and to do that you generally bowl at off stump. So his job is not to rough up the opposition. It is not to be this ridiculous enforcer."

It was England bowling coach David Saker, however, who had said: "We want him to be the enforcer in our team. There is no better bowler in the world than Stuart at bowling bouncers."

Flower also played down Broad's exclusion from the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka, saying it was a tactical move. "It wasn't a particularly tough decision. We had to bring in another spinner and we thought [Jade] Dernbach would be more effective and give us a better chance of winning. I didn't think he [Broad] bowled as badly as his figures suggested against Sri Lanka. I've got a lot of respect for Broad as a young cricketer.

"We always select our best XI and Stuart has been a big part of that for the last few years. That's the criteria we'll use when picking the side for Lords. He's in the squad but we've yet to make a decision about the best XI."

Broad went wicketless in three of the four ODIs he played against Sri Lanka, and conceded 70 runs in 10 overs in England's loss at Headingley. He played county cricket last week to regain form ahead of the India series and took six wickets for Nottinghamshire against Somerset, including 5 for 95 in the first innings.

India will play four Tests in England and the series is being called the battle for the No. 1 ranking, with England needing to win by a margin of two to surpass India. Flower defended his team being vocal about its desire to be the top-ranked Test side, saying it was not arrogance but a natural goal.

"I find it strange that it's seen as overconfidence or an outlandish goal. Surely that's the goal you should have? Otherwise aren't you selling yourself and your country short? We don't set the goal with the expectation we're just going to talk about it. We haven't put a time limit on it, but this series is different because we're playing the current No. 1 side in the world."

ik7
07-19-2011, 03:24 PM
Harbhajan Singh's mother Avtar Kaur has sent a legal notice to the Vijay Mallya-owned United Breweries asking them to stop airing and apologise for an advertisement for one of their brands, McDowell's No. 1 soda. The notice says the advertisement mocks Harbhajan, his family and the Sikh community.

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Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni endorse rival brands Royal
Stag and McDowell's

The advertisement in question features MS Dhoni and is apparently a spoof of a commercial for Royal Stag Mega Cricket, a brand of UB's rivals Pernod Ricard, in which Harbhajan appears. In the Royal Stag advertisement, Harbhajan is shown in various locations, including his father's ball-bearing factory, asking the question: "Have I made it large?"

In the McDowell's commercial, an actor wearing a turban, like Harbhajan does, asks the same question only to be slapped by his father for making ball bearings that are too big. The advertisement ends with Dhoni telling people to forget making things large and instead do something different.

The notice sent to the UB Group demanded the company publicly apologise for the advertisement "through widely-read newspapers as well as television channels prominently" apart from removing the advertisement within three days of receiving the notice. "My client is serving you with the instant notice to give you an opportunity to accept your mistake and make amends," the notice, signed by lawyer Shyam Dewani, said.

"Failing this, we will have no other alternative than to take appropriate legal action including that of filing proceedings for defamation, damages and all such civil as well as criminal actions." The notice also seeks a compensation of Rs 100,000 to the cricketer's family towards the cost of the notice.

Avtar Kaur also took offence to Dhoni's role in the commercial and said these kinds of advertisements bring "disunity and friction" in the India team and can be termed anti-national.

However, Harbhajan's representatives Offspin Sports Events and Entertainment insisted that the advertisement had not cause any friction between the two players.
"Harbhajan has been totally kept out of this and his friendship with MS Dhoni has not been impacted in any way," Sangeet Shirodkar, director of Offspin Sports, said.

Nick Nack
07-19-2011, 05:11 PM
mudinja ticket charge allel kali kanan povamayirunu

evide nalla mazhayanu first test mazha kondu pojkum

Adhu madhi... mazha moolam first test draw aayal madhi... nammude team innu korachu practice koodi kittiyal bhesh... 2nd test thotannu series thodangunadu

Agni
07-19-2011, 09:44 PM
Gary Sobers ilyathe oru test squad......:ennekollu:

pulijose
07-20-2011, 01:07 AM
Dravid returns to where it all began

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Rahul Dravid made 95 on his Test debut at Lord's 15 years ago


Rahul Dravid may as well confess he feels at home at Lord's. The ground operates on the same characteristics that have defined Dravid's career: discipline, order, balance, elegance, simplicity and respect. He is an honorary MCC member and part of the MCC's world cricket committee and has been making an annual visit to NW8 since 2008. He intimately knows the walls and the portraits in the pavilion that houses the committee room and the famous Long Room.
So when Dravid says Lord's is a "very special" place for him, believe it. The respect is mutual. Dravid, who will become the first active member of the world cricket committee to play a Test at Lord's on Thursday, was even allowed today to enter the inner sanctum of the pavilion in the Indian team's bright blue tracksuit.
In the past, this would have been an unpardonable act at the 115-year-old MCC, long known for its insular and closed attitude; a place where you cannot enter without wearing a jacket and tie. It was an exceptional allowance granted to Dravid.
"It always brings back some special memories. I think this place is personally very special for me," Dravid said, when asked about his relationship with Lord's, the ground of his debut. The ground where he fell five runs short of a maiden century in his very first innings. He has only got 215 runs in the three matches he has played, but his hunger that was there on June 20, 1996 hasn't diminished one bit. The appetite for runs is still the same.
"To start your Test career, at this venue 15 years ago was indeed very special for me. And coming back here, in some strange way you always feel at home. You feel that this is the place for cricket. This is the place that truly understands cricket, and history and tradition of the game," said Dravid, who along with Tendulkar, is the only member of the current team to play at Lord's in the 1990s.
Our first experience at anything, regardless of the outcome, invariably becomes the inerasable reference point of our lives. For Dravid, the third day of the second Test 15 years ago is that point. "It meant a lot to me. I had played five years of first-class cricket to break into the Indian team. I'd scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket and got an opportunity to come on the tour of England."
"At the start to series I wouldn't have given myself very good odds to even play with the kind of team that we had," he said. "There were a few injuries and I was lucky to get the opportunity and I knew that probably it would be the only one. Otherwise I would have to go back to domestic cricket and start the cycle all over again, scoring runs. But in India everyone scores a lot of runs in domestic cricket and sometimes it is very tough to break in. I had waited five years so I knew the significance and importance of it. So I was lucky. It was great for me, it meant so much. I never expected it to lead to anything. I never expected to be here 15 years later talking about it. Absolutely not."
Usually a reticent gent, and a bit stiff in front of the media, it was interesting to see Dravid open up about his insecurity as a youngster. But it is a nice example for today's youth like Abhinav Mukund and Suresh Raina in this squad and Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India.. Most of them are on the same wobbling platform that Dravid stood on in 1996.
"I remember when I was 50 not out at the end of the day and I was walking back to the hotel with [Javagal] Srinath and I knew somehow that this was probably a very significant innings. I knew I had some more breathing space, I got a few more Test matches at least. It gave me a lot of confidence scoring 95 here and 80 at Trent Bridge. It gave me a lot of confidence for me as a player and as a person, too."


England v India: Dravid returns to where it all began | Cricket Features | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/523876.html)

pulijose
07-20-2011, 01:07 AM
:meesha:

realfan
07-20-2011, 12:05 PM
asianet cable network is not showing starcricket,espn & starsports..........:ops:

pulijose
07-20-2011, 12:30 PM
asianet cable network is not showing starcricket,espn & starsports..........:ops:
:dull:

pulijose
07-20-2011, 01:32 PM
A contest that's equal to the hype



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Sachin Tendulkar and Duncan Fletcher plot England's downfall in the first Test


There is a scene in the acclaimed documentary Fire in Babylon in which the great West Indians of the 1970s and 80s reflect on the "Calypso" generation that preceded their rise to world domination. Turning up, giving everyone a good show, then losing in a charming fashion - just as they did on the tied-Test tour of Australia in 1960-61 - was a trait that may have proved endearing, but it was one that Clive Lloyd's mean machine soon made it their mission to banish.
A similar change of mindset has taken hold of India's cricketers in the space of a generation. Twenty-one years ago, almost to the week, these two teams took part in one of the most acclaimed mismatches of all time -the Lord's Test of 1990, when Kiran More's fumble set Graham Gooch on his way to a career-best 333, and England to victory by 247 runs (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63534.html). Along the way, however, India's own calypso qualities captured the English public's imagination - from the impossibly wristy riposte of their captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, through Kapil Dev's four consecutive sixes to save the follow-on, and through an outstanding one-handed running catch from a 17-year-old prodigy, Sachin Tendulkar - who, within a fortnight, would record the first of his 99 not out international centuries.
As Wisden Cricket Monthly's editor, David Frith, wrote at the time, that match played out like a midsummer dream, and two decades on, Tendulkar's enduring presence in India's ranks confirms the other-worldliness of that era. At some stage in the coming days, Tendulkar will march out to the crease for his fifth Test appearance at the game's grandest venue, knowing that he has an opportunity to record arguably the most incredible achievement in one of the greatest sporting careers of them all. Perhaps more importantly, however, he'll be seeking to cement his team's credentials as the most formidable outfit in the modern-day game.
However and wherever it arrives - and he will surely not fall Bradman-esquely short - the romance of Tendulkar's hundredth hundred will be a distant echo of those early days in international cricket. The team of which he remains such a formidable component has changed beyond recognition in the intervening years, in attitude as much as output. These days, India sits atop both Test and one-day trees, and go about their business with a swagger that, like West Indies and Australia before them, reflects their sense of entitlement. They are the game's modern-day galacticos, and they play with expectation where hope once held sway.
Where England are concerned, that attitude is particularly justified. Despite a supposed fallibility outside of Asia, India have not lost at home or away in five series since Rahul Dravid first appeared on the scene in 1996, and despite England's belief that greentops are the key to ending that sequence, their traumatic defeats at Headingley in 2002 and Trent Bridge five years later are potent reminders of the class that resides in their opponents' batting ranks. India have lost just two series out of 15 since their mould-breaking triumph in 2007, and none in the last three years. The financial might of the BCCI is nowadays matched, in no uncertain terms, by an intimidatory on-field clout.
Mind you, England are themselves in a mean streak of Test form, with seven series wins and a draw in eight outings since May 2009, which means that the coming contest ought to be the finest tussle on these shores since the epic Ashes summer of 2005. Then as now, two genuine contenders for the World Test Championship crown are about to go head to head, and if the hype surrounding this series is more muted than one might expect in the circumstances, then that is most likely a reflection of the two teams' obsessions with their principal foes, Australia and Pakistan - against whom they each recorded a memorable triumph in the winter just gone.
Nevertheless, a contest of this calibre needs no over-egging, and it is strangely refreshing that the cricket has, for once, been left to do much of the talking. If England can win the series by two clear Tests out of four, they will have achieved their stated ambition of becoming the world's No.1 Test side, a position they've not held since Peter May held sway in the early 1950s. That scoreline might be too much to expect, even for a team that condemned Australia to three innings defeats on home soil in the recent Ashes, but there's little doubt that England are primed for the challenge that awaits them - more so, arguably, than their opponents who were a clear second-best in their solitary warm-up against Somerset earlier in the week.
It was not an auspicious arrival, as Somerset racked up a grand total of 685 for 5 in two innings, either side of rolling their opponents for 224. However, there's one particular member of the Indian party who will shrug his shoulders at such events. Throughout his seven-year tenure as England coach, Duncan Fletcher treated warm-up matches with disdain, often using 13 or 14 players in what amounted to glorified nets sessions. It is an attitude that could not be further removed from the approach of his fellow Zimbabwean, Andy Flower who, back in November, treated England's three first-class fixtures in the lead-up to the Ashes as unofficial Tests, and reaped the rewards of his team's intensity.


Fletcher's crossing of the floor promises to be the zestiest subplot of a spicy summer. The manner of his departure in 2007 was bitter in the extreme, and continues to mask the extent to which his efforts laid the foundations of the world-class side that England are now becoming. To judge from recent history, his calm and considered manner will fit well with an Indian dressing room that prefers its coaches in the John Wright/Gary Kirsten backroom mould, even if Dravid admitted they are still getting to grips with his well-disguised sense of humour.
Nevertheless, his credentials as a pure batting coach are not in doubt, with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen among his keenest disciples in the England team. With that in mind, the insider knowledge he can impart to India's attack could have more bearing on the series than any nuggets of wisdom he can pass on to the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman. A trio with 99 Test centuries between them are a bit long in the tooth to learn the merits of the forward press.
It will not have escaped Fletcher's attention that India is the one Test nation that he never managed to beat during his days with England, so it would doubtless grate if Flower were to put that record straight at the first attempt. But despite their common heritage and studious demeanours, the nature of their rivalry is very much a theoretical one. As Flower showed by ducking the victory podium in Sydney back in January, he too prefers his players to hog the limelight.
The key head-to-heads will be on-field ones. Andrew Strauss's twin innings of 78 and 109 not out at Taunton took some of the edge off his duel with Zaheer Khan, even if another cheap left-arm dismissal at Lord's will reawaken the clamour in double-quick time. James Anderson's lateral movement will be starkly complemented by the steepling bounce of Chris Tremlett - two bowlers who have matured beyond recognition since their fitfully impressive performances in 2007, and whose efforts against India's senior batsmen could define the shape of the series.
And then there's England's own run-machines - Alastair Cook, a centurion on debut against India in 2006, and the possessor of six hundreds in his last ten Tests, and Jonathan Trott, whose average after 21 appearances (62.23) exceeds even that of Tendulkar. With Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in exquisite form in the third Test against Sri Lanka, there's no reason for England to question their right to challenge the world's best - especially given the size of the hole left by Virender Sehwag at the top of India's order. More than any other batsman, his ability and willingness to batter good bowling sets him apart from his peers, and therefore his absence for one, maybe two, Tests is hugely significant.
The absence of DRS could also be a major factor, not so much for the decisions that go one way or the other, but for the friction that could be created between two sides that will not need much invitation to get feisty with one another. As England discovered to their cost at Trent Bridge four years ago, when a misplaced jelly bean sparked a diplomatic incident, India's players know how to fight - not only their corner, but their opponent's as well. That Calypso tendency is a thing of the dim and distant past. When battle commences on Thursday, neither side will have any doubt as to the intensity.


England v India: A contest that's equal to the hype | Cricket Features | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/523894.html)

Mallik Bhai
07-20-2011, 03:35 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2016656/Nasser-Hussain-England-beat-India.html.... Nasser (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2016656/Nasser-Hussain-England-beat-India.html....Nasser) Hussain's article on the England v India series. He mentions about Sreesanth: "A split personality. Polite off the field, calling me ‘Sir’ and ‘Mr Hussain’, but can be a complete lunatic on it." :lol:

ik7
07-20-2011, 03:48 PM
Gary Sobers ilyathe oru test squad......:ennekollu:

yaa... :smirk: Viv richards'um illa..I prefer courtney walsh too..:thinking: i wonder y they chose gavasker ahead of Desmond Haynes...:maxim:

ik7
07-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Dravid returns to where it all began

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Rahul Dravid made 95 on his Test debut at Lord's 15 years ago


Rahul Dravid may as well confess he feels at home at Lord's. The ground operates on the same characteristics that have defined Dravid's career: discipline, order, balance, elegance, simplicity and respect. He is an honorary MCC member and part of the MCC's world cricket committee and has been making an annual visit to NW8 since 2008. He intimately knows the walls and the portraits in the pavilion that houses the committee room and the famous Long Room.
So when Dravid says Lord's is a "very special" place for him, believe it. The respect is mutual. Dravid, who will become the first active member of the world cricket committee to play a Test at Lord's on Thursday, was even allowed today to enter the inner sanctum of the pavilion in the Indian team's bright blue tracksuit.
In the past, this would have been an unpardonable act at the 115-year-old MCC, long known for its insular and closed attitude; a place where you cannot enter without wearing a jacket and tie. It was an exceptional allowance granted to Dravid.
"It always brings back some special memories. I think this place is personally very special for me," Dravid said, when asked about his relationship with Lord's, the ground of his debut. The ground where he fell five runs short of a maiden century in his very first innings. He has only got 215 runs in the three matches he has played, but his hunger that was there on June 20, 1996 hasn't diminished one bit. The appetite for runs is still the same.
"To start your Test career, at this venue 15 years ago was indeed very special for me. And coming back here, in some strange way you always feel at home. You feel that this is the place for cricket. This is the place that truly understands cricket, and history and tradition of the game," said Dravid, who along with Tendulkar, is the only member of the current team to play at Lord's in the 1990s.
Our first experience at anything, regardless of the outcome, invariably becomes the inerasable reference point of our lives. For Dravid, the third day of the second Test 15 years ago is that point. "It meant a lot to me. I had played five years of first-class cricket to break into the Indian team. I'd scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket and got an opportunity to come on the tour of England."
"At the start to series I wouldn't have given myself very good odds to even play with the kind of team that we had," he said. "There were a few injuries and I was lucky to get the opportunity and I knew that probably it would be the only one. Otherwise I would have to go back to domestic cricket and start the cycle all over again, scoring runs. But in India everyone scores a lot of runs in domestic cricket and sometimes it is very tough to break in. I had waited five years so I knew the significance and importance of it. So I was lucky. It was great for me, it meant so much. I never expected it to lead to anything. I never expected to be here 15 years later talking about it. Absolutely not."
Usually a reticent gent, and a bit stiff in front of the media, it was interesting to see Dravid open up about his insecurity as a youngster. But it is a nice example for today's youth like Abhinav Mukund and Suresh Raina in this squad and Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India.. Most of them are on the same wobbling platform that Dravid stood on in 1996.
"I remember when I was 50 not out at the end of the day and I was walking back to the hotel with [Javagal] Srinath and I knew somehow that this was probably a very significant innings. I knew I had some more breathing space, I got a few more Test matches at least. It gave me a lot of confidence scoring 95 here and 80 at Trent Bridge. It gave me a lot of confidence for me as a player and as a person, too."


England v India: Dravid returns to where it all began | Cricket Features | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/523876.html)

:choolam: :choolam:


A contest that's equal to the hype



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Sachin Tendulkar and Duncan Fletcher plot England's downfall in the first Test


There is a scene in the acclaimed documentary Fire in Babylon in which the great West Indians of the 1970s and 80s reflect on the "Calypso" generation that preceded their rise to world domination. Turning up, giving everyone a good show, then losing in a charming fashion - just as they did on the tied-Test tour of Australia in 1960-61 - was a trait that may have proved endearing, but it was one that Clive Lloyd's mean machine soon made it their mission to banish.
A similar change of mindset has taken hold of India's cricketers in the space of a generation. Twenty-one years ago, almost to the week, these two teams took part in one of the most acclaimed mismatches of all time -the Lord's Test of 1990, when Kiran More's fumble set Graham Gooch on his way to a career-best 333, and England to victory by 247 runs (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63534.html). Along the way, however, India's own calypso qualities captured the English public's imagination - from the impossibly wristy riposte of their captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, through Kapil Dev's four consecutive sixes to save the follow-on, and through an outstanding one-handed running catch from a 17-year-old prodigy, Sachin Tendulkar - who, within a fortnight, would record the first of his 99 not out international centuries.
As Wisden Cricket Monthly's editor, David Frith, wrote at the time, that match played out like a midsummer dream, and two decades on, Tendulkar's enduring presence in India's ranks confirms the other-worldliness of that era. At some stage in the coming days, Tendulkar will march out to the crease for his fifth Test appearance at the game's grandest venue, knowing that he has an opportunity to record arguably the most incredible achievement in one of the greatest sporting careers of them all. Perhaps more importantly, however, he'll be seeking to cement his team's credentials as the most formidable outfit in the modern-day game.
However and wherever it arrives - and he will surely not fall Bradman-esquely short - the romance of Tendulkar's hundredth hundred will be a distant echo of those early days in international cricket. The team of which he remains such a formidable component has changed beyond recognition in the intervening years, in attitude as much as output. These days, India sits atop both Test and one-day trees, and go about their business with a swagger that, like West Indies and Australia before them, reflects their sense of entitlement. They are the game's modern-day galacticos, and they play with expectation where hope once held sway.
Where England are concerned, that attitude is particularly justified. Despite a supposed fallibility outside of Asia, India have not lost at home or away in five series since Rahul Dravid first appeared on the scene in 1996, and despite England's belief that greentops are the key to ending that sequence, their traumatic defeats at Headingley in 2002 and Trent Bridge five years later are potent reminders of the class that resides in their opponents' batting ranks. India have lost just two series out of 15 since their mould-breaking triumph in 2007, and none in the last three years. The financial might of the BCCI is nowadays matched, in no uncertain terms, by an intimidatory on-field clout.
Mind you, England are themselves in a mean streak of Test form, with seven series wins and a draw in eight outings since May 2009, which means that the coming contest ought to be the finest tussle on these shores since the epic Ashes summer of 2005. Then as now, two genuine contenders for the World Test Championship crown are about to go head to head, and if the hype surrounding this series is more muted than one might expect in the circumstances, then that is most likely a reflection of the two teams' obsessions with their principal foes, Australia and Pakistan - against whom they each recorded a memorable triumph in the winter just gone.
Nevertheless, a contest of this calibre needs no over-egging, and it is strangely refreshing that the cricket has, for once, been left to do much of the talking. If England can win the series by two clear Tests out of four, they will have achieved their stated ambition of becoming the world's No.1 Test side, a position they've not held since Peter May held sway in the early 1950s. That scoreline might be too much to expect, even for a team that condemned Australia to three innings defeats on home soil in the recent Ashes, but there's little doubt that England are primed for the challenge that awaits them - more so, arguably, than their opponents who were a clear second-best in their solitary warm-up against Somerset earlier in the week.
It was not an auspicious arrival, as Somerset racked up a grand total of 685 for 5 in two innings, either side of rolling their opponents for 224. However, there's one particular member of the Indian party who will shrug his shoulders at such events. Throughout his seven-year tenure as England coach, Duncan Fletcher treated warm-up matches with disdain, often using 13 or 14 players in what amounted to glorified nets sessions. It is an attitude that could not be further removed from the approach of his fellow Zimbabwean, Andy Flower who, back in November, treated England's three first-class fixtures in the lead-up to the Ashes as unofficial Tests, and reaped the rewards of his team's intensity.


Fletcher's crossing of the floor promises to be the zestiest subplot of a spicy summer. The manner of his departure in 2007 was bitter in the extreme, and continues to mask the extent to which his efforts laid the foundations of the world-class side that England are now becoming. To judge from recent history, his calm and considered manner will fit well with an Indian dressing room that prefers its coaches in the John Wright/Gary Kirsten backroom mould, even if Dravid admitted they are still getting to grips with his well-disguised sense of humour.
Nevertheless, his credentials as a pure batting coach are not in doubt, with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen among his keenest disciples in the England team. With that in mind, the insider knowledge he can impart to India's attack could have more bearing on the series than any nuggets of wisdom he can pass on to the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman. A trio with 99 Test centuries between them are a bit long in the tooth to learn the merits of the forward press.
It will not have escaped Fletcher's attention that India is the one Test nation that he never managed to beat during his days with England, so it would doubtless grate if Flower were to put that record straight at the first attempt. But despite their common heritage and studious demeanours, the nature of their rivalry is very much a theoretical one. As Flower showed by ducking the victory podium in Sydney back in January, he too prefers his players to hog the limelight.
The key head-to-heads will be on-field ones. Andrew Strauss's twin innings of 78 and 109 not out at Taunton took some of the edge off his duel with Zaheer Khan, even if another cheap left-arm dismissal at Lord's will reawaken the clamour in double-quick time. James Anderson's lateral movement will be starkly complemented by the steepling bounce of Chris Tremlett - two bowlers who have matured beyond recognition since their fitfully impressive performances in 2007, and whose efforts against India's senior batsmen could define the shape of the series.
And then there's England's own run-machines - Alastair Cook, a centurion on debut against India in 2006, and the possessor of six hundreds in his last ten Tests, and Jonathan Trott, whose average after 21 appearances (62.23) exceeds even that of Tendulkar. With Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in exquisite form in the third Test against Sri Lanka, there's no reason for England to question their right to challenge the world's best - especially given the size of the hole left by Virender Sehwag at the top of India's order. More than any other batsman, his ability and willingness to batter good bowling sets him apart from his peers, and therefore his absence for one, maybe two, Tests is hugely significant.
The absence of DRS could also be a major factor, not so much for the decisions that go one way or the other, but for the friction that could be created between two sides that will not need much invitation to get feisty with one another. As England discovered to their cost at Trent Bridge four years ago, when a misplaced jelly bean sparked a diplomatic incident, India's players know how to fight - not only their corner, but their opponent's as well. That Calypso tendency is a thing of the dim and distant past. When battle commences on Thursday, neither side will have any doubt as to the intensity.


England v India: A contest that's equal to the hype | Cricket Features | India v England | ESPN Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/content/current/story/523894.html)

:cheers: :cheers: sachin will :rock:


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2016656/Nasser-Hussain-England-beat-India.html.... Nasser (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2016656/Nasser-Hussain-England-beat-India.html....Nasser) Hussain's article on the England v India series. He mentions about Sreesanth: "A split personality. Polite off the field, calling me ‘Sir’ and ‘Mr Hussain’, but can be a complete lunatic on it." :lol:

:ambili

ik7
07-20-2011, 03:55 PM
England won't be focussing all their efforts on Sachin Tendulkar during the first Test at Lord's, fully aware that India have a host of batsmen capable of match-winning innings, and Graeme Swann has suggested that it's MS Dhoni who they need to keep under pressure rather than the player on 99 international hundreds. :surprise:

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Graeme Swann: "MS Dhoni's probably a more important
member of the Indian team right now than any other player."

Much of the build-up to the opening match of a highly-anticipated series, between the No. 1 team in the world and the side who can overtake them with a two-Test winning margin, has focussed on Tendulkar's quest for a century of centuries. If that happens at Lord's it would also be Tendulkar's first at the home of cricket as, like Lara before him, it's a rare honour to elude him so far. But, perhaps because of Tendulkar's record at Lord's, or perhaps to play down some of the expectation, Swann insisted England wouldn't take their eye off the bigger picture.

"It would be very, very risky to focus all our energies on Sachin Tendulkar," he said. "Sure, he's the best player in the modern generation but they've got so many other good players, and if we focus all our energies on just one guy, there's going to be someone else sneaking in the back door.

"MS Dhoni is possibly the most charismatic Indian player they have ever had, and you only have to be in India to realise the sway he holds in that country now," he added. "He's probably a more important member of the team right now than any other player, because he leads from the front and is a very dangerous cricketer. If we can get at anyone, he's probably the key man."

Tim Bresnan, who is expected to miss out on England's final XI, took a typically down-to-earth view of bowling to Tendulkar, remembering what he confronted during the World Cup when Tendulkar scored 120. "If you could bowl to him in Bangalore you could bowl to him anywhere else," he said, before briefly remembering Tendulkar's stint at Yorkshire in 1992. "I caught up with him a couple of years ago and he said he really enjoyed his time at Yorkshire. He's kind of an adopted Yorkie - but he's still a decent scalp if I get him out."

England's success against Tendulkar, when it has come, has often been from full deliveries that have found him trapped on the crease, especially early in an innings. James Anderson and Matthew Hoggard, swing bowlers who pitch the ball up, have removed him on eight occasions in all (Chris Lewis sits between that pair as the second most successful England bowler against Tendulkar), although they have also attempted periods of short-pitched bowling.

Chris Tremlett, who made his debut against India on this ground in 2007, is hoping for the chance to test out all the India batsmen with some short bowling. "That's the aggressive side to fast bowling," he said. "The Rose Bowl [against Sri Lanka] was a satisfying wicket to bowl on, getting guys jumping around. Those types of wickets, like the ones in Australia, are the best cricket wickets when the ball comes through and the tall guys can get the ball through - although I'm going to say that as I'm tall."

One batsman none of the England bowlers will have to worry about dismissing, at least for the first two Tests, is Virender Sehwag who is still recovering from the shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the recent West Indies tour. England know all about Sehwag's ability to change a Test in a session after his 83 off 68 balls in Chennai put India on course for their emotional win in 2008, which was completed by Tendulkar's unbeaten hundred.

"Whenever you take a player of his quality out of a team, it is going to be a loss, no matter who replaces him," Swann said. "As a team you get used to relying on guys who are that good, and over last three or four years, Sehwag has been phenomenal in both forms of the game. If you took Jonathan Trott out of our team, it would be a big hole to fill for whoever comes in. Yes, it is going to be a blow for India, how big you never know, because we don't know how long he's out for. He's one of the best players in the world."

Regardless of Sehwag's absence, it will be a major challenge for England to regularly dismiss India twice during the Tests. They'll be hoping the call for pitches in their favour is heeded, although Lord's may not be as accommodating as other venues.

"I always believe that home advantage should be exactly that, we should tailor pitches to suit our seam attack because on our pitches it's the best attack in the world," Swann said. "But put the pitches to one side, if the ball swings through the air, I think we'll be very dangerous."

ik7
07-20-2011, 03:59 PM
In 15 Test visits to the famous stadium, India have finished victorious only once and have lost ten times

Victor Trumper and Viv Richards did it once. George Headley did it twice in the same match. Sir Garfield Sobers also did it two times, the second at the age of 37. Sir Donald Bradman missed out on a third just before his 40th birthday. Even Ajit Agarkar has achieved the feat.

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Only two half-centuries at Lord's for India's two most prolific
Test batsmen

Indian batsmanship's most prolific trio, however, with 37,000 runs and 117 centuries between them, have no centuries to boast of at Lord's. Between them, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have played 22 innings at the ground considered the home of cricket. They have just four half-centuries between them. Dravid, with a 95 on debut in 1996, is the only one to have come close to three figures. Tendulkar averages 21.28, with a highest of 37 at the ground.

There are visiting teams that thrive on the Lord's ambience. Australia didn't lose there between 1934 and 2009. South Africa have won three of their last five Tests at Lord's. India, by contrast, are as ill at ease there as a sadhu at a black-tie dinner. You have to go back a quarter of a century, to a summer otherwise remembered for Diego Maradona and Boris Becker, for their only win at Lord's. Ten of the other 14 matches they've played have ended in defeat.

Few Indian batsmen have thrived there. Amar Singh scored a defiant half-century in India's inaugural Test, while the 1952 match is synonymous with Vinoo Mankad despite England emerging victorious yet again. He scored 72 in the first innings and followed that up with a superb 184, prompting the Wisden Almanack to report: "It was refreshing to see batsmen willing to make strokes, an art which many modern players have never learned. The fourth day, Monday, was memorable for the visit of the Queen and more wonderful batting by Mankad."

The pattern of poor results continued though, with the nadir reached in the summer of 42 (1974). With the world reeling from spiraling oil prices and recession, India's batsmen lasted just 17 overs in the second innings as Geoff Arnold and Chris Old made the ball do their bidding in helpful conditions.

Some pride was restored five years later, when Dilip Vengsarkar and Gundappa Vishwanath batted more than 300 minutes to save a match that India appeared certain to lose. Inclement weather helped, but the Almanack was especially generous in its praise of Vengsarkar's "tall and upright" play.

It was the start of an extraordinary love affair. In 1982, Vengsarkar made 157 in an Indian defeat, though that effort was almost eclipsed by Kapil Dev's astonishingly belligerent 55-ball 89. England may have gone past a small target with relative ease, but Kapil's display was in keeping with a summer that was illuminated by three of the game's greatest allround talents - Ian Botham and Imran Khan being the other two.

The victory in 1986 was again inspired by Vengsarkar's brilliant batsmanship. Graham Gooch made a first-day century, but few of the other batsmen mastered the seam-friendly conditions. "Off 170 balls in 266 minutes, his tenth Test century was one of classical elegance, charm and responsibility," says the Almanack. "Of the sixteen 4s in his unbeaten 126 (213 balls, 326 minutes) many came from handsome drives."

The man they called The Colonel, because of apparent similarities in style with CK Nayudu, had a fourth opportunity to score a hundred in 1990, but had to settle for a half-century in a game where Gooch was reprieved by Kiran More on 36 and went on to make a triple-century. England would win easily, despite a doughty hundred from Ravi Shastri and a dazzling one from Mohammad Azharuddin.

Azhar's innings appealed most to those that revel in clichés about "oriental" batting. It was also the response of a man who had gambled and failed horribly at the toss, and who saw all-out attack as the best way to unsettle a steady seam attack. The Almanack says: "Not a few strokes early in his innings would have been hard to excuse had they cost him his wicket; but his luck held, and a capacity Saturday crowd was treated to a rare exhibition of audacious, wristy strokeplay which, with 20 fours, took him into three figures off only 88 balls."

Six years later, Sourav Ganguly, derided by some as a 'quota' selection when the team left for England, batted seven hours for his 131 on debut. Dravid missed his landmark by a whisker and India's lack of decisiveness, coupled with English tail-end resistance, cost them the chance of a series-levelling victory.

Agarkar's nothing-to-lose 109 merely made the margin of defeat respectable in 2002 and there were two more batting meltdowns four years ago, when India were indebted to MS Dhoni and bad weather for a great escape on the final day.

With Virender Sehwag's shoulder problem having caused uncertainty and innuendo about the batting order, India once again head to Lord's as underdogs. Back in 1986, they arrived at HQ without a win in their previous 10 Tests, dating back nearly two years. Now, on the back of three of the most successful seasons that the national team has ever had, they must summon up the spirit of Mankad and Vengsarkar, with maybe a dash of Azhar, to emulate Kapil's side.

ik7
07-20-2011, 04:00 PM
The ICC announced that infra-red technology and stump microphones will be part of the DRS - though not for lbw decisions - but not ball-tracking

A watered-down version of the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used in the England-India series with both sides agreeing to not use the system for lbw decisions. A day before the first Test starts at Lord's, the ICC announced that infra-red technology and stump microphones will be part of the DRS - though not for lbw decisions - but not ball-tracking.

This meets the minimum standards for DRS usage stipulated by the ICC at its annual conference last month but the decision to do away with reviews of lbw decisions could lead to anomalies. For example, if a batsman is given out to a bat-pad catch, he can get the verdict reviewed and if it is overturned because there is no bat involved, the fielding side has no recourse to an lbw appeal.

An ICC statement said the ECB wanted to include ball-tracking technology (such as Hawk-Eye or Virtual Eye) but the Indian board didn't.

"While we are disappointed that the full DRS will not be used to support the umpires, we are pleased that the ECB and BCCI have worked hard to ensure the minimum DRS is used in this much anticipated series," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

"It is common knowledge that the ICC and ECB would have liked ball tracking to have been included so that LBW decisions could have also been reviewed, but the last Chief Executives Committee and Board meeting in Hong Kong agreed to independently confirm the accuracy of ball-tracking technology. This will now take place as a matter of urgency."

The Indian board has long been averse to the DRS and had announced last month that it didn't want the system to be used in the England series. A compromise on the DRS was thrashed out at the ICC's annual conference later in the month. The series against England will be the first time India will be using the review system in Tests since 2008.

pulijose
07-20-2011, 07:06 PM
:cheers:

Nick Nack
07-20-2011, 07:47 PM
yaa... :smirk: Viv richards'um illa..I prefer courtney walsh too..:thinking: i wonder y they chose gavasker ahead of Desmond Haynes...:maxim:

Lots of greats missing

Viv Richards
Gary Sobers
Micheal Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner
Imran Khan

I think Kapil Dev is not really the best all rounder... Gary Sobers should have been there...

pulijose
07-20-2011, 08:24 PM
Lots of greats missing

Viv Richards
Gary Sobers
Micheal Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner
Imran Khan

I think Kapil Dev is not really the best all rounder... Gary Sobers should have been there...

Ellareyum ulppeduthaan pattillallo..Enkilum Gary Sobers,Viv Richards ennivar vendathaayirunnu...:wonder:

Agni
07-20-2011, 10:52 PM
yaa... :smirk: Viv richards'um illa..I prefer courtney walsh too..:thinking: i wonder y they chose gavasker ahead of Desmond Haynes...:maxim:

mcgrath is there for walsh. i m surprised kapil found a palce in the squad, and sehwag too........i have read that if the rebel series in oz was taken into account, king viv would be 10,000 + with avg 60 + (not sure abt the avg tho').......what abt the super fast marshall? real clumsy squad this one..........worse than indian selectors.......

baappootty
07-20-2011, 11:40 PM
Naale ankam thudangunnu.........:kayyadi::kayyadi::kayyadi:
First test uzhappi kalikkaarulla India naale angane kalikkaathirikkatte.....

munshi02
07-21-2011, 02:33 AM
cheriya mazha ennundu

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:24 AM
Lots of greats missing

Viv Richards
Gary Sobers
Micheal Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner
Imran Khan

I think Kapil Dev is not really the best all rounder... Gary Sobers should have been there...

Yes... very true...Windiesnte prathaapakaalatthe playersne vellaan oru player illa...:rockit:




Ellareyum ulppeduthaan pattillallo..Enkilum Gary Sobers,Viv Richards ennivar vendathaayirunnu...:wonder:

oru criteria vekkaamaayirunnu like,presently kalikkunna playersne ozhivaakkaamaayirunnu...




mcgrath is there for walsh. i m surprised kapil found a palce in the squad, and sehwag too........i have read that if the rebel series in oz was taken into account, king viv would be 10,000 + with avg 60 + (not sure abt the avg tho').......what abt the super fast marshall? real clumsy squad this one..........worse than indian selectors.......

Malcome marshall was well deserved...

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:25 AM
Naale ankam thudangunnu.........:kayyadi::kayyadi::kayyadi:
First test uzhappi kalikkaarulla India naale angane kalikkaathirikkatte.....

innankam thudangum... :yo: :yo:


cheriya mazha ennundu

:litos: rakshapedumo? :odithalli:

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:30 AM
Andrew Strauss believes England are ready to fulfil the ambition laid out at the start of his captaincy tenure in 2009, and displace India as the No. 1 Test team in the world. A victory by two clear Tests in the forthcoming four-match series would be enough to lift England to the top of the ICC rankings, and on the eve of the series opener at Lord's, Strauss called on his players to produce "something special" in their final push towards the summit.

Strauss has been in this situation before with England, under the captaincy of Michael Vaughan. In the autumn of 2005, with six series wins in a row and the Australians recently scalped on home soil, England believed they were ready to usher in a new era. Instead they suffered a humbling 2-0 defeat at the hands of Shoaib Akhtar and Pakistan, and as injuries and illness tore at the fabric of their squad, they quickly melted back among the also-rans.

If any lesson could be taken from England's demise on that occasion, it is that the pursuit of sporting excellence is a relentless and unforgiving occupation. The traits of consistency, longevity and unwavering class - best epitomised on an individual level by the ageless Sachin Tendulkar - allow for no let-up whatsoever. It is that fact that makes the forthcoming England-India series so tantalising. One side or the other is going to have to give ground at some stage of the contest. And Strauss is adamant it will not be his men.

"We are going to go out and be determined to win every match in this series and if we get in a winning position it's important we're ruthless and make that count," said Strauss. "We have a great opportunity to play some really good cricket and hopefully pull off something special in the next five weeks. India are a very, very good cricket side, they have been for a while now, and if you want to be the best in the world you have to beat sides like India."

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[I]Andrew Strauss is aware of the challenge ahead but is
confident in his team

Hindsight now makes it clear that England were not ready for the No. 1 status back in 2005. The undoubted excellence of their first XI was not matched by the reserves who tried and failed to cover for men such as Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones, Marcus Trescothick and Vaughan himself, while the tailing-off of Steve Harmison's form left England bereft of a genuine spearhead until James Anderson came of age in 2008. These days, however, their broader squad mentality allows much more flexibility in times of need - as demonstrated in the recent Ashes, when Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan replaced Stuart Broad and Steven Finn respectively, with instant impact.

For that reason, among others, Strauss is confident that England's time at the top has finally arrived. "I do, absolutely," he said. "I still think there are areas we can improve on so in that sense we aren't the finished article, but to be No. 1 is relative to what other sides are doing. Our cricket over the last two years, I don't think there's been a side that has been better than us.

"We've won seven out of eight series and the other has been drawn, but this is a new challenge for us and our ultimate goal in the long term is not just to be the side who is No. 1 in rankings, but the side everyone agrees is the best side in the world. That's still a long-term goal, regardless of whether we win or lose this series."

Despite India's ranking, England expect to win because this is their home turf, and with overcast skies predicted for the coming week, the ball at Lord's ought to move through the air and make life pretty tricky for the visiting batsmen. "We have home advantage, which I think counts for a lot, and I think we have to use that wisely," said Strauss.

Nevertheless, when England lost their six-year unbeaten home record back in 2007, it was India who snatched it from them courtesy of a brilliantly executed victory at Trent Bridge, and as Strauss acknowledged, their oft-repeated fallibility outside of Asia is very much a thing of the past.

"You don't become the No. 1 side without being able to play away from home as well and that's probably the greatest improvement they've made," he said. "They've been far more consistent away from home and have a lot of experienced batsmen who have played all over the world. We understand the extent of the challenge, it won't be easy, but I think in our home conditions we back ourselves to beat anyone."

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:32 AM
The most anticipated England-India match

Big Picture

Ninety-nine Tests over 28 series. Seventy-one ODIs. Two Twenty20 internationals. Not one of these matches played between England and India has been for the top prize in cricket. It is slightly strange that in what is essentially a nine-team sport these two teams have never been close to the top at the same time. It isn't all that incredible either because, from the eighties to the later half of the noughties, either Australia or West Indies has been a fixture at the top. Of late India v South Africa has been the premier contest, their last two series riveting. Come Thursday, though, and England v India will not be the same.

This is easily the most anticipated match between these teams. Only the 1987 World Cup semi-final comes close, but even then it was one of the final two hurdles in the way of an India-Pakistan final, never the main event by itself. The Chennai Test of 2008-09 was looked forward to, too, but that had more to do with international cricket's return to India after the Mumbai attacks of 26/11. Right now, it's all about the cricket, and about these two teams, two of the three best today.

Everything around it has set up the atmosphere beautifully. The venue is Lord's. This is the 2000th Test, and the 100th between the two teams. The No. 1 ranking is at stake in the series. As this game often does, this series presents individual excitement too.

Sachin Tendulkar could score his 100th international hundred - perhaps at Lord's, where he has never scored one. Duncan Fletcher, coaching a team for the 100th time in Tests, is plotting against a side whose resurgence he played a significant part in. The man he kept out of his English team, Graeme Swann, is now their lead spinner and the best spinner in the world according to the ICC rankings. MS Dhoni comes with an unbeaten record in Test series. This could be the last time that Lord's gets to watch Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar.

Not that this contest, between teams representing the country of the game's birth and the most aggressive consumers thereof, needs any extra individual bite. Not least because India have been a tease of a champion side. There is something beatable about them - the slow starts, the agedness, the regular non-availability of key players - but then again they have stopped recognising defeat when they see it. Some of their memorable away wins have come on seamer-friendly green tracks, involved big second-innings efforts and comebacks in series.

They are up against a side who won the Ashes emphatically, who have been fit, who have no major selection headaches, who have all their best players available, who are playing at home. South Africa were in a similar state late last year, and they welcomed an under-prepared Indian side with an innings defeat. India have had a loosener in the warm-up game against Somerset, but that has never been a guarantee against a rusty show in the first Test. England will want a similar start at Lord's.

In the spotlight

In the departmental head-to-head, India are far behind England when it comes to opening the innings. While England have settled openers, one man in the form of his life, the other seemingly regaining some, India are without their best opener since Sunil Gavaskar, and the next best is also making a comeback. This will be a big test for Gautam Gambhir, who has proved himself in a variety of conditions but has never played a Test in England. He will also have to shepherd the inexperienced Abhinav Mukund, who will make this only the second time India have opened with two left-hand batsmen.

James Anderson can sit alongside Dale Steyn and Zaheer Khan in the top league of quick bowlers today. Anderson is the most complete bowler in the English pace attack: he swings the ball both ways, he reverses it, has a sharp bouncer, and now also the experience of having taken more than 200 wickets. India won't mind if they can keep costing him 32.95 runs for a wicket, his career average against them.

The lead-up to the series has been pretty volatile. At the centre of it lies the confusion around the use of the DRS. Eventually it will be used, but it might take a legal team to work out in which form it is to be used in. It will take one wrong decision for arguments to begin, between players, between commentators, between fans. It won't be pretty either. Start chucking the jellybeans already.

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:36 AM
Team news

England are so settled and confident they named a 12-man squad four days before the match. The only place open is Stuart Broad's, who went wicktless in three of the four ODIs against Sri Lanka and is competing with the returning Tim Bresnan. England coach Andy Flower recently said Broad needed to work more on his accuracy than being the aggressive "enforcer", which is what Bresnan does. On the eve of the match, Andrew Strauss was undecided. "No one has a god-given right to play in the XI," he said. "We know both Stuart and Tim Bresnan have offered a lot for us over the last 12 months or so. It's not going to be an easy selection to make, but in a way it's a good thing for us."

England
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Andrew Strauss (capt), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad/Tim Bresnan, 10 James Anderson, 11 Chris Tremlett

India have more to ponder. Tendulkar, Zaheer and Gambhir will walk back into the side, but will Sreesanth and Yuvraj Singh make it? Suresh Raina's impressive show in the West Indies, and the century in the warm-up match, have all but sealed his No. 6 slot, but will India gamble on opening with Yuvraj? Slightly far-fetched, but not impossible. Whose place will Zaheer take? And Sreesanth, if he comes back, although he took just one wicket in 28 overs in the warm-up game? Praveen Kumar remains the favourite, though, for the final spot.

India
1 Abhinav Mukund/Yuvraj Singh, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Praveen Kumar/Sreesanth

Pitch and conditions

Expect a normal Lord's pitch: good for batting, not too quick or bouncy, unlikely to break up alarmingly. The biggest threat for the batsmen remains overhead conditions. Lord's is not expected to be bathed in glorious sunlight, but nor is it expected to be hopelessly drenched. The odd shower is forecast, but things look better than they did earlier in the week.

Stats and trivia

*Since January 2008, India's win-loss ratio of 2.57 is the best in the world. They are followed by England's 2.33 and South Africa's 2.12, the only two other teams who have won twice more than they have lost in the period.

*India have won only one Test at Lord's, in 1986, and have lost 10 of them.

*VVS Laxman, owner of the worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) in the 8,000-club, has never scored a century against England.

Quotes


"It helps in hyping up the series, although I don't think this series needs any hyping. It's two very good sides with some high quality players. The recipe is there for it to be a very entertaining series. The wider context is not something we are focusing on. In any Test series every side is hoping to get a fast start, get ahead and then earn the right over four Tests to win the series. All that other stuff is not for us to concentrate on, and will look after itself."
For Andrew Strauss, 2000 is just a number


"It's a special game, playing at Lord's is always special, but overall, rather than thinking too much about the numbers, we can just look at the number and be proud. You can't play 100 games with one nation, but when you have left cricket you can look back and say you played in the 100th between India and England, and 2000th when it comes to history. We can be proud we are playing but at the same time we need to stick to the basics and enjoy the game."
MS Dhoni, though, likes to have his cake and eat it too

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:38 AM
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Hundreds on their mind? Duncan Fletcher is one short of 100 Tests as coach, Sachin Tendulkar one short of 100 international hundreds. They are both preparing for India's 100th Test against England

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:40 AM
Both teams have choices to make about who their third seamer will be for the first Test, but England's greater bowling depth could prove to be the difference over the course of the series

The ICC's recent all-time fans' eleven has been roundly criticised and ridiculed because of the players who weren't included, but there is unlikely to be as much fall out when England and India name the teams that will take the field for the 100th Test between the two teams and the 2000th in the game's history. That isn't to say the final choices won't be debated, but the sides only have one spot with any question marks.

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Stuart Broad is favoured to edge out Tim Bresnan for the
third seamer's spot in England's playing eleven

For both captains and coaches the final piece of their jigsaw revolves around who fills the third pace-bowling position. In England's case it's a shoot-out between Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan, while for India it will be either Praveen Kumar or the volatile S Sreesanth with MS Dhoni having already ruled out Munaf Patel. Whomever gets the nod will support two strong new-ball pairings so they need to be adaptable in their roles.

The decision for Dhoni and Andrew Strauss is whether to stick to what they know or trying something different. Broad, despite being dropped for the final one-day international against Sri Lanka, remains the man in possession in the Test team and is favoured to see off the challenge from Bresnan. Dhoni, meanwhile, has seen Kumar perform well in the three Tests against West Indies where he took 12 wickets at 21.16 in his first Test series and for all his lack of pace - often around 78 mph - he has wonderful control of swing. He's the type of bowler that could easily frustrate England's stroke-makers who like extra pace on the ball.

In Sreesanth's favour is the x-factor he can provide. However, he didn't do himself any favours in the warm-up game against Somerset (although he wasn't the only one) as his 28 overs went for 141 runs and brought just the wicket of Arul Suppiah after he had made 156. On the flip side he has shown wicket-taking skills on flat pitches in India and caused Jacques Kallis trouble in South Africa.

There are plenty of similarities between Broad and Sreesanth. Both bowlers have inflated averages (Broad 36.25, Sreesanth 35.16) and have a handful of match-winning spells. For Broad at The Oval and Durban read Sreesanth at Johannesburg and Kanpur. They are also combustible characters who don't need much to be pushed towards boiling point. They may keep the match referee on his toes.

Neither captain gave anything away. "I'm pretty clear [on the team]," Strauss said. "It's a tough decision; all 12 players have very strong merits to play. That's a good position to be in but always makes it a difficult decision over who to leave out." Dhoni was even briefer when pushed on who would make the cut, saying "That's up to us."

Strauss, though, did expand on the qualities that Broad and Bresnan can bring to the team. He also continued the theme of recent days in following Andy Flower, the England coach, in clarifying Broad's role after he'd been described as an 'enforcer' by David Saker, the bowling coach, during the Sri Lanka series.

"Very simply, Stuart's role in the side is not fundamentally different to anyone else, it's to bang out a length consistently and work in conjunction with the other bowlers to take wickets," he said. "One aspect to his game that gives him an edge is that he has a very good bouncer and can make life difficult for batsmen. But that doesn't mean he's the enforcer all the time, it just means there are spells where he might go short. The majority of the time he's no different to the other bowlers."

One issue that isn't up for debate, though, is that if Broad keeps his place he has to start rewarding the faith shown in him with decent hauls. He took eight wickets in three matches against Sri Lanka and those match-turning spells at The Oval and Durban, which are always cited as examples of what he can achieve, are becoming increasingly distance memories. Meanwhile, there are a host of pacemen breathing down his neck with the fit-again Bresnan topping that list ahead of Steven Finn, who couldn't even make this squad.

Bresnan's situation is an interesting one. He played such a vital role in securing the Ashes with incisive spells at Melbourne and Sydney that a place seemed there for the foreseeable future. Then the curse of many pace bowlers - injury - struck in Australia, and again at the start of the season, meaning Broad regained his place and Finn earned another chance.

"It's a great position for English cricket to be in, having two guys who can do the job," Bresnan said. "Not just two, but a very strong crop of seamers where, if there are injuries, people can come in and do the job. I just need that one chance to show everyone what I've got again, get back in that side and, hopefully, cement down a place."

England's attack had an ideal balance at the end of the Ashes series: James Anderson's swing, Chris Tremlett's bounce and Bresnan's nagging accuracy and the latter's role hasn't been forgotten. "He's answered every question that has been asked of him during his career," Strauss said. "He did fantastically in Australia and did very well in the World Cup as well. He's improving all the time as his confidence grows. He adds something to the squad and would certainly add something to the side if he played."

The other aspect to consider is that whoever makes the playing elevens on Thursday morning is far from guaranteed their position for the series. Four Tests in six weeks is a tough workload and somebody will fall by the wayside. Then it will be about the bench-strength of both teams. In that respect England have the advantage and that could yet prove the difference.

ik7
07-21-2011, 11:43 AM
The master gets ready for the big Test

Tendulkar has to cross one more sea to make the heaven that is the Lord's honours board. At 38, cricket's own Old Father Time may be ticking smooth, but Tendulkar knows a century at the home of cricket matters

Lord's is abuzz with many activities: 2000th Test, 100th Test between England and India, ECB-BCCI top-brass bonhomie, ICC directors' congregation, MCC cricket committee meetings. And then there is Sachin Tendulkar. Will he or won't he?

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Sachin Tendulkar wanted to get it perfect in the nets:salut:

Assuming this will be his last trip to England, millions of his fans will be praying, hoping, fasting, fingers-and-toes-crossing, doing absolutely everything they can to help Tendulkar get his name on the honours board at the headquarters. Tendulkar might as well say it does not matter, but it does matter.

One reason athletes strive hard to excel at what they do is they want to raise the bar. (Tendulkar has himself said that he wants to take his cricket to the 'next' level.) They like going places both dreamt and undreamt of. They like creating unimaginable stuff - take Magic Johnson's sky-hook.

Tendulkar has been to all places bar the moon. He has created strokes that are breathtaking. Yet even the great man has to cross one more sea to make the heaven that is the Lord's honours board. At 38, cricket's own Old Father Time may be ticking smooth, but Tendulkar knows a century at the home of cricket matters, and time is running out.

On the eve of the first Test - an historic encounter for the world but "just-another-day" for cricketers - Tendulkar walked out of the pavilion, dressed in the team navy-blue jacket, pads on, face encased in the helmet, one hand carrying two pairs of gloves, the other a pair of bats. Briefly he chatted to the assistant groundsman about the nature of the pitch. He walked with a smile towards the Nursery, the training grounds.

There was only one more India player already padded up and marking his crease - Tendulkar's oldest ally, Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar did not waste any time to get ready to face the net bowler, a fellow Mumbaiite, who played at MIG Club, which is very near to the neighbourhood Tendulkar grew up in. Both spoke in Tendulkar's native Marathi. This bowler (he would not like to reveal his name) has been Tendulkar's bowling machine at Lord's for a few years and one could sense the comfort and trust Tendulkar had in him as he openly confided his doubts and his thoughts. (England could do well to grab this man as a consultant!)

Initially Tendulkar asked anonymous to bowl normally with "a few deliveries outside off stump". He just wanted to get a feel. A minute it took him to hit the groove. Like pigeons strutting towards peanuts, a few of us media and the fans strutted behind Tendulkar's net. Even Michael Atherton, former England captain, and now the chief cricket correspondent at the Times newspaper, stood at backward square-leg for a few minutes, hands folded, studiously observing Tendulkar (and Dravid perhaps).

It is an experience to watch Tendulkar bat in the nets. He needs no cue to slip into the zone. Five minutes into the session he asked anonymous to bowl "cross seam with a ball that has the biggest seam". When the bowler pitched a straighter one just a couple of inches short of length and checked "do you want this (length)?" Tendulkar nodded and started doing shadow practice with his left shoulder. The permanent fuss to get the shoulder aligned in the right position was back like an incurable itch.

There was one delivery that jumped off short of a length, beating Tendulkar's defences. Anonymous had no clue as he had never meant anything such at the point of delivery. But Tendulkar understood the reason: "The pitch is damp and the odd bounce is possible."

Just then Sreesanth walked in and told Tendulkar he would be bowling. Next moment Tendulkar noticed Arjun, his son, was about to enter the training ground along with a couple of friends. There was also Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a Bollywood director with his wife and kid. Tendulkar swiftly asked anonymous to tell Arjun and the Chopra family to sit outside. He was preparing for a Test match and no one - even his own blood - should bother him.

Back in the nets, anonymous made an interesting observation. "The bat seems to be coming from behind the legs. Do you think so?" Tendulkar agreed, and said he was only trying to experiment with a new stance - stand in a position where his toes point slightly towards cover and his shoulders open up, too. "I am just trying as I feel I can sight the ball better this way."

Sreesanth was finding hard to get into rhythm meanwhile and bowled a ridiculous delivery down the leg side. Promptly he was implored. "Daal barabar (bowl properly). Come on," Tendulkar said. He did not want anyone to make him lose his focus. For the next half-hour he not only focussed on fine-tuning his own batting but also became the bowling coach for Sreesanth, who was having a sloppy afternoon.

It is fascinating to see Tendulkar's brain at work. He can compartmentalise things neatly. He asked anonymous to maintain a length but on a middle-and-leg-stump line. He also asked him to observe if he was opening his shoulders. His reasoning was simple; he wanted to be in the right position to play the shot especially on the dreaded Lord's slope where right-handers face numerous problems as the ball comes in after pitching. When Sreesanth teased him with a couple of outswinging half-volleys, Tendulkar "thought about playing them, nearly played them, but I resisted."

There was an instance where Sreesanth bowled one slightly fuller and quicker. Tendulkar hit the shot blindly. "I did not see the ball. I don't know where it went, but I know it went straight." It showed that Tendulkar, too, at times reacts instinctively. He was not angry with himself.

But there was a moment that annoyed him. It was an hour after he started batting. Sreesanth bowled one that climbed into the ribs. Tendulkar tried to fend it away, but was slow to react and the ball touched his glove. He reacted with disgust. "Chalo, bas ho gaya abhi (let's go, I am done)." Sreesanth pleaded him to face three more deliveries. The last of which, a short one outside off, Tendulkar upper-cut. The look in his eyes was one of confidence.

And then he walked back relaxed to the pavilion. Sometime over the next five days Lord's might witness something special. Either way Tendulkar will still say it does not matter.

Mallik Bhai
07-21-2011, 11:58 AM
mr. kannans, ethra manikkaanu match start...IST?

ik7
07-21-2011, 12:02 PM
mr. kannans, ethra manikkaanu match start...IST?

Mr. Kannans'o njaan pedichupoyi kettitt.. :lol:

time the match starts:

(11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST):poli:

ik7
07-21-2011, 12:03 PM
The world is changing but there's no reason Test cricket won't survive another 2000 matches, India's captain MS Dhoni has said. Dhoni was speaking on the eve of the Lord's Test between England and India, which has the distinction of being the 2000th Test, as well as the 100th between the countries and the first of what is expected to be a closely fought series.

The milestone comes at a time when Test cricket is under threat from the shorter forms of the game - Twenty20, the newest format, and the revival in popularity of the ODI following the World Cup earlier this year. Asked whether he thought Test cricket would survive another 2000 matches, Dhoni offered a nuanced response. "What's important is to see where it's going and there's no reason why we should doubt it because wherever I've gone I've seen a good response on the field. Of course you'll have games where there won't be a full house compared to some of the ODIs or the T20 format but yes, people are still following Test cricket."

The challenge, as he pointed out, also comes from the changes in contemporary lifestyles. "The world has changed. It means you have to go to your job, with the privatisation and everything that is happening, the bosses want you to spend more time at your desk and look less at the television so all of these things play a big role in it. But there's no good reason why Test cricket can't survive or won't survive for the next 2000 games."

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MS Dhoni believes Test cricket can survive to the modern lifestyle

The figure lent an already-special match an extra sheen, he said. "You can look at the number and feel good about it, because 2000 is a big number which means the game has survived for a long time, and 100 between India and England means we have a long-term relation with the English side. It's a special game - playing at Lord's is always special - but overall, rather than thinking too much about the numbers, we can just look at the number and be proud. You can't play 100 games against one nation but when you have left cricket you can look back and say you played in the 100th Test between India and England, and 2000 when it comes to the history. We can be proud we are playing but at the same time we need to stick to the basics and enjoy the game."

His counterpart Andrew Strauss, while appreciating the occasion, spoke of the importance of the bottom-line. "It helps in hyping up the series, although I don't think this series needs any hyping because India versus England is two very good sides with some high quality players. The recipe is there for it to be a very entertaining series. The wider context is not something we are focusing on. In any Test series every side is hoping to get a fast start, get ahead and then earn the right over four Tests to win the series. All that other stuff is not for us to concentrate on and will look after itself."

Mallik Bhai
07-21-2011, 12:04 PM
Mr. Kannans'o njaan pedichupoyi kettitt.. :lol:

time the match starts:

(11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST):poli:

:lol: thanks...london don anshi munnan evide? innu mazhayundo avide mr. anshi muns?

ik7
07-21-2011, 12:05 PM
Ian Botham will be among the former captains to receive a special cap to commemorate the 100th Test between India and England

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The ECB and the BCCI will celebrate the 100th Test between England and India by exchanging mementos and presenting a special commemorative cap to former players on both sides, the English board has said.

The 100th Test between the countries coincides with the first npower Test at Lord's that starts tomorrow. ECB chairman Giles Clarke, BCCI president Shashank Manohar , BCCI honorary secretary N Srinivasan and ECB chief executive David Collier will present each other with mementos at the toss. Then on Sunday, a special on-field ceremony will take place during the lunch interval, at which former England and India captains and players will be given a specially made commemorative cap.

The presentation will be followed by a parade of past players, including former captains of both countries like Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Nasser Hussain, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, according to a statement from the ECB.

"We are very keen to make the 100th Test Match a great occasion for everyone and give spectators an opportunity to pay tribute to those players whose performances have graced previous contests between the two countries," Collier said in the statement. "We are grateful to BCCI and the MCC for their co-operation in staging this series of presentations. It is fitting that this match will feature the Test sides ranked first and third in the world and we look forward to an exciting npower Test series."

Srinivasan called it a "momentous occasion" and saluted all the players and administrators who have featured in series between the two countries.

ik7
07-21-2011, 12:06 PM
:lol: thanks...london don anshi munnan evide? innu mazhayundo avide mr. anshi muns?

munshi parayunnath ividuthe pole avidem nalla mazhayaanenna... :tease:

Mallik Bhai
07-21-2011, 12:10 PM
munshi parayunnath ividuthe pole avidem nalla mazhayaanenna... :tease:

:kanneer: