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India dethroned, worst humiliation in 40 years

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by eternal vigour, Aug 13, 2011.

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  1. eternal vigour

    eternal vigour FULL MEMBER

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    Ind vs Eng: Spineless India lose No. 1 Test status and the series

    it seems as if dhoni has lost his ways:sad:
     
  2. eternal vigour

    eternal vigour FULL MEMBER

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    A spineless India on Saturday tamely surrendered their number one status to a ruthless England as they slumped to an innings and 242-run defeat to allow the hosts clinch the completely lop-sided four-match series by taking a 3-0 lead.



    India's nearly 20 months reign as the number one ranked Test team could not have ended in a more shambolic manner as they folded up for a paltry 244 in the second innings with an entire day to spare in what has turned out to be one of their worst overseas tours in recent history.

    After conceding a mammoth first innings lead of 486 runs, the Indians had to bat out of their skins to save the game but the famed batting line-up fell like a pack of cards yet again to give the hosts their second successive victory within four days.

    James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers as he ripped through the top order to finish with figures of four for 85 while Stuart Broad (2-28) and Graeme Swann (2-88) chipped in to provide the finishing touches to the emphatic victory.

    The worst defeat for India till now is by an innings and 336 runs against the West Indies in Kolkata in 1958 and the hapless visitors managed to avoid that ignominy.

    Gasping at 130 for seven at one stage, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (74 not out) and Praveen Kumar (40 off 18 balls) unleashed some lusty strokes during their 75-run eighth-wicket partnership to provide some entertainment and delay the inevitable.

    Sachin Tendulkar (40) was the only other batsman who managed to score some runs in the second innings before being tragically run out while most of the others played poorly on an Edgbaston track which certainly was not unplayable.

    What had been billed as a high-profile series between two top teams has been reduced to a complete mismatch with the Indians being made to look like pushovers.

    England will now look for series clean sweep when they travel to London for the fourth Test beginning at the Oval from August 18.

    India had ascended to the top of the Test ranking table in December 2009 after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in the three-match series at home.

    After that, India drew the series against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Then they beat Australia 2-0 in October 2010, following it with another drawn series in South Africa.

    But their inexplicably shoddy and listless performance against England has come as a big let-down, marking the first Test series defeat for captain Dhoni.

    India, who resumed at their overnight score of 35 for 1, came off the wheels in no time and all the talk of a better resistance from the visitors in the second innings proved to be no better than rhetoric.

    This is only the second time in last 11 years when India has lost or been down in a series by 3-0 margin. Sachin Tendulkar's men had a similar unworthy distinction on the tour to Australia in 1999-2000 series.

    India lost five wickets in the first session and the final four in the 90 minutes from the afternoon session.

    The overnight batsmen Gautam Gambhir (14) and Rahul Dravid (18) failed to add a single run to their totals. Both fell to James Anderson who also claimed VVS Laxman (2) to snuff the fight out of the visitors.

    Graeme Swann had a hand in the other two dismissals - claiming Suresh Raina (10) out leg before wicket and touching a back-drive on to the non-striker's end which found Sachin Tendulkar (40) out of his crease.

    Rahul Dravid's dismissal served as a big blow for India. He let go a wide delivery outside his off stump and nicked the next one to a delighted Matt Prior behind the stumps.

    TV replays however showed that Dravid had not nicked the ball but surprisingly the veteran batsman did not opt for a referral.

    The afternoon session, against the run of the play, lasted a good 90 minutes as the visitors, through a mixture of luck and Dhoni's slambang methods, added 128 runs from a mere 17-odd overs.

    Amit Mishra played a few attacking strokes to race into 20s before Swann claimed his second wicket in his dismissal.

    Mishra, good while he lasted at the crease, left hitting against the break of Swann and lofting it to mid-off where Broad used his height to good advantage to pluck the overhead chance.

    Next man in Praveen Kumar was rattled when a James Anderson delivery reared up and hit him on his right thumb. The spirited medium-pacer looked in extreme pain and threw his helmet down on the ground in disgust.

    After medical attention on the pitch, Praveen Kumar vent out his anger on Graeme Swann, smashing him for three successive sixes over long on.

    Praveen survived a stumping chance off Swann in the next over when he came down the track to the off-spinner and edged it past keeper for four.

    Both Dhoni and Praveen Kumar clearly wanted to make hay while it lasted. Dhoni hit Anderson over the top of mid-off fielder and then swung him to the fine leg fence to raise 50-runs for the eighth wicket off a mere 28 balls.

    The merriment came to an end when Strauss replaced Swann with Broad. Off the second delivery off the tall fast bowler, Kumar backed away to slash it over the off-side field but succeeded only in lobbing it for Ravi Bopara to take the catch.

    Kumar's entertaining knock of 40 came off only 18 balls and he hit five fours and three sixes. He added 75 runs off only 44 balls for the eighth wicket with his skipper.

    India soon were nine wickets down when Ishant Sharma played back to Broad and was adjudged leg-before-wicket.

    Last man Sreesanth, like a few before him, also took a body blow when a rising Broad delivery hit him in the stomach. A few deliveries later, Broad again hit him painfully on his right elbow.

    Dhoni tried to shield him by trying to manipulate the strike and the tactics was good enough to add 23 more runs to the total.

    It was obvious Sreesanth was living on borrowed time. Bresnan sent him a lifting delivery which he could only edge to point region.

    Dhoni remained unbeaten on 74, made off 79 balls in 123 minutes of batting and including 13 fours.

    India have lost the series and the number one spot but more humiliation could be in store for them if they lose the fourth Test at the Oval. If it indeed happens, India would slip to number three while South Africa will take the number two spot
     
  3. Kallol

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    I was not surprised. Consider the schedules last 6-7 months and the types.

    World cup - the intensity and the passion, the metal & physical preparation. One can take a 3 months break

    IPL - within 7 days of WC - The intensity both in terms of physical and mental was torturing. many a players would have burnt out.

    West Indies - within next 2 weeks - ......

    England - the prince in waiting ...

    Are the players robot. Even the robots cannot perform at such high intensity for so long.

    So it was natural that mental and physical burn out had to happen and that was visible with the best performing team of this year - England.

    Had India not been over confident or obsessed by money & power, the preparation for this summit clash would have been different.

    It is the karma of BCCI

    Indians are only pawns - putting at stake their emotions at the hand of BCCI
     
  4. Optimist

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    Two world cups, innumerable overseas series wins, harnessing the killer instinct of the team and making the team no.1.

    I'm sure we all can forgive him for one bad series.
     
  5. Vritra

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    Give the men a break, for ********'s sake, they're being driven like cattle.
     
  6. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    And I thought it was something related to economy......:mrgreen:

    BTW poor performance by Indian cricket team. They should work hard.
     
  7. Sanibhagwan

    Sanibhagwan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Before the England series, few media outlets touted the series as "Mission World Domination". But it turned out to be "Mission World Submission".

    India doesn't deserve the No.1 status. India is always strong in sub-continental type of wickets, but falters in swinging conditions (Remember the T20 world cup in England).

    It has to build a competitive team to win test series in Australia, England and South Africa.

    And blaming the series loss to tight scheduling is an excuse. Even if they had 2 months break before this series, the result wouldn't have been any better.
     
  8. Patrician

    Patrician Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    If they don't like it, they can put up their shoes any given day.

    I go to office.

    Doctors and lawyers practice.

    Cricketers play.

    It's their profession and they're making millions through it. If they feel tired, they should learn to take a few days off.

    This is professional cricket and they are professional players.

    These tournaments are scheduled for team India and not for individual players. Any individual is free to leave anytime he wants to.

    ...and if they choose to stay, they should learn to give their 100% every single time they come to the field.

    They should behave like professionals an not some mohalla team.

    Excuses do not work at this level.
     
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  9. eternal vigour

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    is it not that indians are tigers at home and lambs abroad
    even their world cup win has been in the subcontinent only
    beside past records do show the same
    SHAME SHAME................
    AND dhoni says being NO 1 doesn't matter
     
  10. JanjaWeed

    JanjaWeed Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    allthough i do agree that we play way too much cricket.. that shouldn't be an excuse for losing this badly. Lot many other cricketers play lot of games even when their team is not playing any series. Players would either end up in english, oz or south african leagues, only indian players don't play in those leagues (maybe one of the reasons they find it difficult to adjust to foreign conditions).
    Football..even if it's a 90 mins game, is much more demanding than cricket. Top level players play 10 months (sometimes 11 during intl tourneys) non-stop, average 2 games week. They still maintain their standard throughout & don't whinge or whine like cricketers. So.. ya.. cricketers should stop coming out with these feeble excuses.
     
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    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    You're comparing physical strain with mental exhaustion. They aren't the same. The amount of pressure on them alongside the training sessions, entire days spent exposed on the fields, those can take a pretty huge strain on the body. They've been playing cricket virtually nonstop. They need a break


    They get replaced under all sorts of excuses, especially the younger players. There isn't much of an option in these circumstances, the BCCI makes changes according to what can only be described as its own whims. So you choose to hang up your boots and you're looking at much more bench time than you'd expect.



    And no, you cannot rightfully claim that football, even though it lasts only 90 minutes, "is much more demanding". 90 minutes pumped with adrenaline, but they get a few days off between each game, sometimes weeks. That's plenty of time to recover. Fans screaming louder doesn't make the game more physically challenging on the players.
     
  12. Patrician

    Patrician Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Fine!

    I did not tell them to not take a break, did I?

    I said if they feel like taking a break they should take a break and let the younger blood have a shot at the international level.

    ..or is it just about the money, eh?

    ...and that I suppose is meant to be an excuse for a player playing even when he is not able or willing to give it his 100%.

    That's stupid. Plain and simple.

    If you cannot give it your 100%, you have got no right to be in the team.

    The team is bigger and far more important than the individual.
     
  13. Vritra

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    ^^^Does the word "Form" ring any bells?

    For all you know, they're working at it as hard as they can. But they don't always click: as individuals, as a team, or maybe both. This isn't the first time the Indian cricket team has had such a problem, everyone's just overreacting to the loss because "oooooh, they're world champions but they're not number 1 anymore, heresy".
     
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    ANybody who's not in 'form' should be rested till they regain it.

    These are work ethics which the team and the management needs to cultivate.
     
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    Going by the team's performance, no one is in form.

    The people in charge are booking series after series with barely any break inbetween. If anyone who is not in form, or even simply tired, is rested, the team going in to the next series will be composed almost entirely of inexperienced youngsters. Inexperienced youngsters vs. a rested, experienced side... not much of a competition, and will hurt the precious "rank" India has attained. So more cribbing on part of the fans, more media mumbo jumbo, more attacks against the Indian team as a whole.

    The work ethic of the Indian players hasn't been an issue for a while. The people in charge, on the other hand...
     
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