The seven wicket defeat India suffered against England has had its fallout. As a result of the dismal show, key players of the team like Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been dropped from the squad.
England scored a convincing 7 wicket victory over India in the third test match at Eden Gardens to lead the series 2 – 1. This is a remarkable achievement as very few teams have managed to win 2 tests on the trot while touring India. The total batting collapse from India ensured that England only needed to chase a modest 41 runs to take the unassailable lead.
Despite a lackluster performance in the second test in Mumbai, the board has not done any change in the team for the third test to be held in Kolkata. The test begins on 5th December and the under performing players have got another chance to prove their worth.
Wankhade stadium in Mumbai has always been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricket team, but not this time. It turned out to be a nightmare for the men in blue, led by captain cool M.S. Dhoni.
The Indian team was beaten fair and square by the visiting English team in their very own back yard. But the most humiliating aspect of this test lies in the fact that the track for the play was a tailor made ‘rank turner’ as desired by the Indian captain.
India never looked a team and not even resembled a bunch of professionals on the field. England was deservingly winners by 10 wickets, beating them hands down in every department of the game.
Choosing the squad for a home test series is perhaps the most challenging job for the Indian selectors. But when the wise men of Indian cricket declared the team for the first two test matches, a few eyebrows were raised. The selection of Yuvraj Singh was pretty much expected as he performed brilliantly against England for India A. His double hundred in the Duleep Trophy was difficult to ignore also. Ajinkya Rahane too deserved a place as he is the most talented batsman around but hardly gets a chance at the top level to prove his mettle. Playing him in the Ranji Trophy is a total waste so his selection for the test team was on the expected lines.
The first ever Indian Formula One Grand Prix drew a lot of reaction from those involved in the racing and those outside of it. One of those was the ambition that Formula One would pip cricket passions in the country. Is that possible? And would it be good for the sport?
The England team has come and gone. And one of the most surprising factors about India this time has been the few fans that came out to greet their international superstars. So, why was the India England series such a colossal disaster in terms of spectator turn out despite the results in favour of India?
Count on Michael Vaughan to continue to speak out although the idea that the Test championship was shelved in light of India’s poor results seems to be stretching it a bit too far.
Pakistan’s Rameez Raja is advocating the theory that the days of the neutral umpire should be numbered, an idea that has echoed more in recent years.