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08-13-2011, 08:39 PM #1
England beat India in third Test, snatch No. 1 Test statusIndia have lost the third Test against England with a huge margin of an innings and 242 runs. India were all out of 244 runs. With this 3 continuous Test defeats India have lost their world No. 1 Test status.
This defeat is one of the the worst ever in India's Test cricket history. The
worst defeat for India till now is by an innings and 336 runs against the West Indies in Kolkata in 1958. Srisanth was the last man to go at 5 runs, while skipper Dhoni stayed unbeaten on 74. Ishant Sharma (0) and Parvin Kumar (40) were the other two wickets India lost in the post-lunch session.
Earlier before lunch, England seamer James Anderson was the wrecker-in-chief claiming three of the five wickets to fall in the fourth morning while off-spinner Graeme Swann picked up one.
Sachin Tendulkar who looked in good touch, was unfortunately run out for 40. England sent all the top six Indian batsmen back in the pavilion in a matter of 32-odd overs.
The two overnight batsmen, Gautam Gambhir (14) and Rahul Dravid (18), failed to add any run to their total this morning as Anderson ran riot in overcast conditions. Gambhhir departed to the first ball he faced this morning -— tamely guiding an outswinger in the hands of Graeme Swann at second slip....being a human...
08-14-2011, 07:03 AM #2
India were thumping their chest when they climbed onto the No. 1 Test ranking. Everyone, including the BCCI and the players, made merry riding on the success they tasted during the period. And then came the World Cup-winning campaign, which took their confidence, or overconfidence depending upon how we see it, to another level. But it all came to cipher when they lost all, their No. 1 spot and with that their respect as well, after losing the third Test against England by an innings and 242 runs.
India came into day four thinking of doing something unimaginable. They were 451 runs behind England's mammoth first innings' total of 710/7 declared when stumps were drawn on Friday and had nine wickets intact to do an Herculean task. But their top order fell like ninepins before Praveen Kumar (40 ) and MS Dhoni (74 not out) provided at least something to cheer for few thousands of the gloomy-looking Indian fans sitting inside Edgbaston and millions who witnessed their team being routed on television....being a human...
08-14-2011, 07:06 AM #3
MS Dhoni tastes first Test series lossIndia's Midas-touch skipper, who until the current England series was the toast of 1.2 billion people, experienced the greatness of cricket as a leveller on Saturday. MS Dhoni has lost his first Test series as skipper, and with that, the Test No. 1 crown.
England needed to beat India by a two-Test margin in the four-Test series to become No. 1. And a win in the third Test by a humiliating margin of an innings and 242 runs gave the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead that knocked India off their perch.
Every aspect of his cricket, including wicket-keeping, batting and captaincy - has blown away on this tour. And now it's time for the India skipper to retrospect and come back stronger.
Here is Dhoni's record as captain of India in Test series so far:
- vs South Africa in India* in 2007-08, drawn the 3-match series 1-1 (coming from behind)
- vs Australia in India# in 2008-09, won the 4-match series 2-0
- vs England in India in 2008-09, won the 2-match series 1-0
- vs New Zealand in NZ^ in 2008-09, won the 3-match series 1-0
- vs Sri Lanka in India+ in 2009-10 won the 3 match series 2-0
- vs Bangladesh in Bangladesh** in 2009-10, won the 2-match series 2-0
- vs South Africa in India in 2009-10, drawn the 2-match series 1-1 (coming from behind)
- vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2010, drawn the 3-match series 1-1 (coming from behind)
- vs Australia in India in 2010-11, won the 2-match series 2-0
- vs New Zealand in India in 2010-11, won the 3-match series 1-0
- vs South Africa in South Africa in 2010-11, drawn the 3 match series 1-1 (coming from behind)
- vs West Indies in West Indies in 2011, won the 3 match series 1-0
- vs England in England in 2011, trailing the 4 match series 0-3
* Dhoni captained only in the third Test in the absence of regular captain Anil Kumble. India were 0-1 down at that time, but a win by 8 wickets in this Test helped them level the series 1-1.
# The series comprised of four matches, but Dhoni captained only in the second and fourth match. Kumble was the regular captain. He captained in the first Test, missed the second and announced his retirement after leading in the third. India won both the matches in which Dhoni was captain.
^ The series comprised three matches, but Dhoni captained only in two (first and third). Virender Sehwag captained in the second drawn Test.
+ India achieved the No. 1 position in the ICC Test rankings after winning this series.
** Dhoni captained in only one (second) Test....being a human...