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Rahul Dravid’s Back

Test specialist Rahul Dravid’s surprise recall to India’s one-day squad after a gap of almost two years, can be seen as an admission by the national selectors that the Indian team is in the midst of a crisis, the experts feel.

Dravid, who has not been a part of India’s one-day set up for the last two years during which the national team featured in 57 ODIs, including the triumphant run of the 2011 World Cup, has made it only on the basis of his three centuries in last five Tests.

Although his inclusion, on the face of it, is a direct replacement for injured Yuvraj Singh, the former’s strike rate of 71.19 as compared to the latter’s 87.60 bears little comparison.

However, the fact that pitches in England are not the featherbeds tracks of the sub-continent and the present English attack is not made up of up-and-down medium-pacers, Dravid’s inclusion makes complete sense.

But this move would also put additional pressure on the selectors to retain him in the ODI squad during the West Indies and England series at home later this year.

The odds of Dravid’s inclusion in the one-day squad must have been 1000-1 when the selectors sat down to pick up the team earlier on Saturday.

But the feedback from England and the way India-England Test series has turned out so far, where almost every Indian batsman apart from Dravid failed to make an impression, must have convinced the selectors to opt for the veteran batsman for the ODI series, starting next month.

On this disastrous trip to England, which is still barely just three weeks old, inclusion of Dravid might be considered a backward step as the selectors have presented the England team with the evidence that their opponents are currently doddering wrecks and are not backing themselves to do any good in the coming weeks.

Picking up a young batsman instead of Dravid might have presented India with a rare cricketing talent, who would have seized the opportunity with both hands and become the future of Indian cricket, just as Sourav Ganguly and Dravid himself emerged during England tour of 1996.

It would be an irony, sweet though, if Dravid managed to succeed in one-dayers against England, for he had a moderate record here in 2007, scoring 223 runs with two half-centuries at an average of 37.17, while captaining the side

India Tour of England 2011 One Day and T20 Squad

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain, Wicket Keeper)
2. Virender Sehwag (Vice Captain)
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Rahul Dravid
5. Gautam Gambhir
6. Virat Kohli
7. Suresh Raina
8. Parthiv Patel (Wicket Keeper)
9. Zaheer Khan
10. Praveen Kumar
11. Ravichandran Ashiwn
12. Rohit Sharma
13. Munaf Patel
14. Amit Mishra
15. Ishant Sharma
16. Vinay Kumar

Courtesy: TOI


England-India Series 2011

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Sports
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TEST Matches






1st Test 21-25th July 10:00 GMT   Lord’s
2nd Test 29th July- 2nd Aug 10:00 GMT   Nottingham
3rd Test 10-14th Aug 10:00 GMT   Birmingham
4th Test 18-22th Aug 10:00 GMT   London
T20 Match
1st T20  31st Aug 17:00 GMT D/N Manchester
ODI Matches
1st ODI 3rd Sept 10:45 GMT   Chester-Le-Street
2nd ODI 6th Sept 14:30 GMT D/N Southampton
3rd ODI 9th Sept 14:30 GMT D/N London
4th ODI 11th Sept 10:45 GMT   London
5th ODI 16th Sept 14:30 GMT D/N Cardiff
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England vs Sri Lanka Series 2011

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Sports
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Sri Lanka visits England for  3 Tests, 1 T20 & 5 ODI Matches Series.

Duration: May-June-July.

This Series was Important for Sri Lanka after their Lost at the World Cup 2011 Finals against INDIA.

TEST(3):     England 1-0 Sri Lanka

The 1st Test Match (England WON) was played @ Cardiff. England showed an Impressive performance in this Match to beat the visitors by An Innings & 14 Runs. Sri Lanka(toss) batted first to put up a total of 400-10. England replied the visitors with 496-5 (dec) including excellent performance of 203 by Jonathon Trott (MoM) his 2nd Best, supported 100’s by A.Cook & I.Bell. The visitors never knew that the Next Innings would be such disastrous for them. They were all out by the English Bowlers at 86 runs. English sealed their 1st Victory of the Series.

The 2nd Test Match (DRAW) was played @ St John’s Wood. Sri Lanka made a good comeback after their poor performance in Last Innings. England batted first to put 486-10 on board, whereas Sri Lanka replied with 479-10 TM Dilshan (MoM) unlucky to be bowled out on 193. But the first Innings took more than 3 days thus resulting the match to a DRAW.

The 3rd Test Match (DRAW) was played @ Southampton. Sri Lanka had to win this match to Level the Series. But rain spoiled the play for the Visitors. Both the Innings were not be able to be completed within 5 days with a few patches of Rains; thus resulting to a DRAW.

 T20(1): After the Loss in Tests Sri Lanka fought back to win the T20 Match. England were 136-9 by the end of their Innings. Sri Lanka replied with 137-1 by excellent performance of 72(57) by the opener M Jayawardene(MoM) supported by Read More