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Old December 6, 2012, 10:05 AM
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lol Shame India! they're so overrated in my mind. A country of billion people who love Cricket dearly and can't even win on their favourite pitches says everything about them. This is a country that has played Cricket for almost a 100 years and still when a few teams play Cricket at the highest level, still cannot be a top feared Cricket team on the field. They can't even fill up their ground in this test match a country of a billion.
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Old December 6, 2012, 03:16 PM
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We speak of Amla and Kohli so much - and deservedly too - but when one looks at the Test stats (and age) of Cook, the jaw hits the floor. SEVEN THOUSAND RUNS at the age of 27!! 23 centuries?! Amla is already older than Cook but I don't think even Kohli will surpass that by Cook's age, especially his weaker form in Test cricket compared to ODIs.
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Old December 6, 2012, 03:57 PM
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All these years India's impeccable batting line-up covered up their deficiencies in the field/ball, now since they are losing that too, they look like an almost helpless side. It should be interesting to see how the English will do in their 2nd innings as that is when the ball will start turning.

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Old December 6, 2012, 04:02 PM
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All these years India's impeccable batting line-up covered up their deficiencies in the field/ball, now since they are losing that too, they look like an almost helpless side. It should be interesting to see how the English will do in their 2nd innings as that is when the ball will start turning.

Cook em alive.
Eng may not need to bat 2nd innings...
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Old December 6, 2012, 07:12 PM
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I hope Eng stack enough runs for the next match in this inn. Cook em!
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Old December 6, 2012, 08:45 PM
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India is sorely missing the service of Kumble who used to be the saviour at home. Current crop of bowlers are not up to the mark and unable to tame quality batsmen. Return of Bell is an added advantage for the visitors. Cook is just invincible and can mastermind a famous series win from here. He and his side has acclimatized in subcontinental condition pretty fast and are looking very strong to win the Ashes as well. I would rate BD bowling ahead of India in these conditions.
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Old December 6, 2012, 11:56 PM
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England are batting so slow, they are giving India an excellent chance at drawing a match that England is dominating!

Their only hope will be to bat once put up 600 and bowl India out for an innings win.
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:14 AM
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Sharma dropped Cook
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:34 AM
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England are batting so slow, they are giving India an excellent chance at drawing a match that England is dominating!

Their only hope will be to bat once put up 600 and bowl India out for an innings win.
Eng has the batting to push the RR anytime they want to...but this is sensible to go past Ind total and take a lead safely....before pushing the RR

Now only 20 runs behind them..
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Old December 7, 2012, 01:41 AM
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5 consecutive centuries for cook and also as a captain.....this is phenomenal in test cricket....

And now, heading for a double....Eng takes first innings lead with 9 wkts in hand and 2.5 days still to go in this test match....
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Old December 7, 2012, 01:42 AM
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They have started accelerating already.... They might have a lead of around 200 by today...
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:02 AM
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Trott out on 87..... Eden exploded into celebration....now comes KP....could be worse for Ind....
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:17 AM
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LOL at cricindo...down 23 with 8 wickets still to take CI is saying India "senses getting back into the game".
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:33 AM
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KP has already forced changing the field....
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:35 AM
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Very unlucky runout of Cook....if this is given....he even didn't try to take a run, but he was out of crease...just the bat was outside....
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:36 AM
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What a bad way to end a great innings...
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LOL at cricindo...down 23 with 8 wickets still to take CI is saying India "senses getting back into the game".
Even with three down, Ind is far away from coming back in the game....
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LMAO at Cook's dismissal. The bloke deserved better though.
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:44 AM
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LMFAO at Cook's dismissal. The bloke deserved better though.
LMFAO at your favorite player. Need to see the man's bizarre dismissal though. And I can only imagine the field day journalists and writers will have on his name's wordplay.

Here's one: Seasoned campaigner sizzles out. (okay that sounded more like Arthur)
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Old December 7, 2012, 03:10 AM
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India is hopeless
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Old December 7, 2012, 03:25 AM
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It was really unfortunate the way Cook got out.
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Old December 7, 2012, 05:34 AM
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Lead almost to 200
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Old December 7, 2012, 12:38 PM
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"We have seen in the last three Tests matches and even in England, there was a lot of grass and that helped their seamers. Once these people come to India we should not be hesitant in making turners, and that's where we would get to know whether they are mentally strong, and [what happens to] the kind of chit chat do they do when we go overseas and they talk about our techniques."
- Gautam Gambhir, January 22, 2012, Perth

Two days after India had lost by an innings inside three days at the WACA ground.

"We also won 2-0 in India."
- Virender Sehwag, January 28, 2012, Adelaide

Third day of the Adelaide Test, when a second whitewash in two away series was imminent.

"Why not [turning pitches]? We were given flattest of tracks during practice matches in England and Australia, and then suddenly presented with a green-top during the Tests. During practice matches, we would face those 120kmph bowlers …If they wanted to be fair to us, they could have provided us with same kind of tracks for practice matches, like what were used in Tests. Especially, when they knew that visiting teams get very less time to practice. Now they would be playing on turning tracks and definitely would know where they stand."
- Virat Kohli, October 27, 2012

Justifying the tactic of not letting England face any spin in the tour games before the start of the Test series, in the process imagining "green tops" in Australia and England

"We also need to consider that immediately after that series when England came to India, we beat them 5-0, which cannot be forgotten."
- Sachin Tendulkar, November 8, 2012

Before the start of this Test series, drawing comfort from an ODI series win last year

"One has to recognise the advantage of home conditions, and this applies across the board. So I don't think we should run down our players by saying we did not do well abroad. Other teams don't do well when they come to India. In England, except Rahul, the batting did not click. But in both England and Australia, we had super-fast pitches."
- N Srinivasan, December 4, 2012

Asking people to not say "we did not do well abroad"

"So what if we have lost a home Test? Not as if we have never won at home… It's not that we have lost the series."
- Gautam Gambhir, November 29, 2012

After the defeat in Mumbai when everything - pitch, toss, first-innings runs - was in their favour

"If you look at the records at this ground, India have played really well. The way the wicket is playing, I am confident our guys will do really well."
- Pragyan Ojha, today, Eden Gardens

After India have conceded a 193-run lead by end of day three with four wickets still in England's hand

Also today, Joe Dawes, India's bowling coach, told - well, who else - the BCCI in an interview that Zaheer Khan is one of the best six bowlers in the world, that Indian bowling is headed in the right direction, that he has begun the process of achieving the aim of developing a group of seven to eight fast bowlers who can be called upon any time. You can accuse the BCCI of many things, but it doesn't lack humour, as is evident through the timing of this piece.

One of these days, India will admit they have become an ordinary side. That currently they are arguably the worst bowling unit in the world, bar Bangladesh. That they are the worst fielding side in the world without any argument, which they kept on proving on the third day as Ishant Sharma dropped his third simple return catch in the fourth match he is playing this year. That the whitewashes in England and Australia didn't happen on doctored green tops. That a proud home record alone doesn't ensure future Test wins. That the ideal response to overseas batting failures is to work on techniques, and not to seek comfort in statistics at home. That no side won an away series with that kind of attitude.

When India admit that, they will start improving as a Test side. Until then, they can hope for a miracle to the tune of Kolkata 2000-01.

Source : http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-...ry/596086.html

Ouch! This article....didn't expect something like this from cricindo to be honest but wow... Yes theres the dig about Bangladesh but well thats true. India getting absolutely owned at home too. Great to see how far England have come and under Cook they should be looking to compete with SA for being the top Test team.
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Old December 7, 2012, 04:20 PM
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^ I'd hardly call that a "dig at Bangladesh," don't be so self observed! Not everyone is looking to take a dig at Bangladesh. No one cares about Bangladesh
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Great article there. Just look at the amount of excuses these Indian players have piled up on their losses. That's where the real problem lies. The players are just not admitting that something is wrong with their team. You think England and Australia line up excuses like this? If they lose, they go back and learn from their mistakes. It's shameful that these Indian players are making such lame excuses even after getting humiliated. Just keep your mouths shut and consider yourselves lucky that you get to play the amount of Test matches that you guys do. Even South Africa doesn't have the luxury of playing 4 Test match series.

Sorry about the rant but I just can't stand that type of attitude.
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