Thursday, July 28, 2011

Zaheer Khan out of 2nd Test

India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was ruled out of second test against England at Trent bridge with a hamstring injury, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Thursday.

Zaheer fast left-arm broken in the first test at Lord 's, who manages India lost by 196 runs, after taking two wickets for 18 13.3 overs innings before and did not Bowl again in the match.

The 32 years was instrumental in the seven-wicket win over India in the corresponding Trent Bridge Test against England four years ago, taking nine wickets for 134 runs in the match. Now his place is set to go to fast bowler seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Munaf Patel.

"I believe that ruled out of this game," Dhoni, speaking to reporters at Trent bridge Thursday, the day before the start of the second test, said Zaheer.

"It's always good to have him in the side because he is our most experienced bowler, especially when it comes to England, he played a game of cricket here for counties and the last time India were here (in 2007) hit it really well.

"It's a bit disappointing not to have him for selection in the first XI, but it is something that is beyond our control and gives the possibility for the bowlers to prove their courage when it comes to international cricket."

Dhoni has added: "in General is a win-win situation for the Indian team because we cannot really sit down and say Zaheer is not there. We must look at the positive, that is some of the other bowlers will get to have a look international cricket. "

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni, who refused to disclose the identity of replacing Zaheer at Trent bridge, he said that he hoped the spearhead of India would be fit in time for the third test of this series of four-match, starting at Edgbaston on 10 August.

"We expect. Began light training yesterday (Wednesday), but again is something that we cannot 100 percent sure about but most likely seems to want. "

India also have a question about opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, who suffered an elbow injury when he was hit in the leg, short of the Lord. "We'll give it some time and see how you go through the NET sessions today (Thursday)," Dhoni said Swann.

"He is the only person who can judge the right amount of pain can go through and still be able to run".

Gambhir, Dhoni asked if was doubtful for the second test, replied: "now, Yes." If Rahul Dravid was ruled out, as happened in the second innings of the Lord, would be promoted to open the innings with Yuvraj Singh in line to take the place of Swann in the team.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dravid stands in ICC, Tendulkar drops to 4.

Rahul Dravid, courtesy, a brilliant hundred in the first test between India and England at Lord 's, won seven seats to be 15, while teammate Sachin Tendulkar lost two places to fourth after a show in ordinary Tests, on the 2000th latest Test International Cricket Council (ICC).

England batsman Jonathan Trott and fast bowler James Anderson rose to second place in the standings after the emphatic victory of their team.

Trott has climbed two places, especially Tendulkar and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, for second place in the batting standings, after his innings of 70 and 22 in the opening game of the four-match series.

Kevin Pietersen, whose magnificent unbeaten double-century earned him the man of the match award, he returned to the top 20, climbing 14 places to 15 in the rankings next to Dravid.

Other Centurion in the match, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, has achieved a new best rating, 10 seats rising and 21.

Seven-wicket haul in the match, Anderson including his haul of five-wicket Test 11 5-65 in the second inning, saw him overtake teammate Graeme Swann in bowling, with a new career best ranking.

Chris Tremlett four Wickets in the match helped him in ninth place, earning a new career best rating, while Eion climbs four seats to join Harbhajan Singh, who falls to four-seater, 11° joint position. The Council has also moved to fifth in the ranking of all-rounders.

India have yet two bowlers in the top ten with Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma lying in fifth and seventh place respectively.

Dravid stands in ICC, Tendulkar drops to 4.

Test rankings:


1.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 883 ranking points

2.Jonathan Trott (England) 840

3.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 838

4.Sachin Tendulkar (India) 832

5.Alastair Cook (England) 783

6.Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 775

7.V.V.S. Laxman (India) 771

8.Thilan Samaraweera (Sri Lanka) 766

9.AB de Villiers (South Africa) 760

10.Virender Sehwag (India) 759


1.Dale Steyn (South Africa) 899

2.James Anderson (England) 800

3.Graeme Swann (England) 780

4.Morne Morkel (South Africa) 751

5.Zaheer Khan (India) 735

6.Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 727

7.Ishant Sharma (India) 665

8.Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 648

9.Chris Tremlett (England) 638

10.Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 623


1.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 451

2.Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 364

3.Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 338

4.Shane Watson (Australia) 315

5.Stuart Broad (England) 284

India were not prepared for the first Test

Former England captain Nasser Hussain said India do not value their World No.1 Test status and came underprepared for the Lord's Test which they lost by 196 runs.

'I am so pleased that England won because they set the perfect template on how you should prepare for and then perform in a very important game of Test cricket,' Hussain said.

'India were exactly the opposite. They just turned up with totally inadequate preparation and expected everything to be alright on the night. Do they not value their status as the best Test team in the world? They did not seem to here,' the Daily Mail quoted Hussain as saying.

India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tedulkar were playing a Test after six months. They missed the series against the West Indies. There was only a three-day warm-up match against Somerset before the first Test. Zaheer strained his hamstring on the first day and did not bowl for the rest of the match.

Hussain said England were better prepared for the important series.

'Everything that England have done this summer has been geared towards making sure their players are as ready as possible for this Test series, including Andrew Strauss playing at Taunton and Stuart Broad playing for Notts,' he said.

'In contrast, India expected their top strike bowler in Zaheer Khan and their premier batsman in Sachin Tendulkar to rock up without playing a Test since January and just have a bit of a hit and giggle against Somerset before the big one. They did not help themselves,' he said.

Hussain said the Indian cricket board had not planned well for the series.

'India simply were not ready in this game. India have real issues. Zaheer is injured, quite probably because his body was not right for this game, and it is difficult to see how he can play in the second Test,' he said.

'After that match, India just have a two-day game at Northants to get ready for the third Test, when they will again have little opportunity to get themselves right for the second half of the series. What's going on with them?' he asked.

Hussain also criticised India for not using the Decision Review System for lbws.

'For us to have a halfway house, mish-mash of a decision review system in this series has been driven by India and frankly it's confusing and pathetic. Either we have the full system or we don't use it at all. Let's not say we can have HotSpot because India like it but we can't have Hawk-Eye because they don't,' he said.