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10 reasons why Team India flopped

Here are the top 10 reasons why Team India were a flop show in England where by losing the Test series 4-0 they were demoted to No. 3 from the top spot they had held for 20 months.

1. Poor prepara

One last chance for Dhoni’s men

The Oval Test will be Dhoni’s biggest test yet. The series went sour long ago and the reasons have been well documented — the poor preparation, the early breakdown of the strike bowler and the steady decline of the top spinner, the alien conditions inimical to fluent batting in the somewhat laidback Indian style of wristy strokeplay and the general complacency marked by gross under estimation of opponents who were well merited challengers to the world Test crown.

Dhoni's men and 'sugary saliva'

A tabloid in the UK may have been barking up the wrong tree when it splashed pictures of a ‘mint-chewing’ Virender Sehwag apparently putting sugary saliva on the ball in the course of the second day’s

Now, Zaheer Khan bites the dust


Zaheer Khan won’t bowl another ball in international cricket in England this series.

While his hamstring and ankle injury may be a consequence of the kind of cramped schedule Team India are subject

Did openers serve India’s cause?


It is India-bashing time in the English media, which is asking a million questions now about the top-ranked Test team.

However, a point or two they are making — about how Team India prepared for a t

Can Dhoni pull a rabbit out of the hat?

Team India’s sporting integrity is intact even if their batting dignity was dented badly despite Rahul Dravid, with his remarkable qualities of technique and temperament, once again proving what it is to put a value on your wicket in Test cricket.
In the collective decision to recall Ian Bell after the batsman had allowed his body and mind to wander from the crease, Team India saved their image as contentious events flowed one upon another.

Does Harbhajan prefer to play at home?


Injured in the course of the disastrous Trent Bridge Test early this week, Harbhajan Singh has been replaced for the remainder of the England Test tour.

While injuries are a problem Team India have

Interesting to see if Sachin can keep emotions at bay

Remarkable as the statistics may be — Test cricket’s 2000th match, which is also the 100th between India and England, is to be played at Lord’s — there are at least two great Indians who did not fare too well at the spiritual headquarters of the game.

If Ishant bowls as well in England, India will retain top rank

Fast bowlers still hunt best in pairs. The days of the fearsome foursomes of the West Indies being over some time ago, the world of pace came to be inhabited more by a single pointsman like Dale Steyn who looks for any support he can get from colleagues. Similarly, Indian cricket tended to depend on Zaheer Khan to lead the attack.

Kirsten, Srikkanth set stage for India’s transition

Rahul Dravid would have felt a sense of déjà vu when he battled to make a second Test win possible in five years for India at the Sabina Park in Kingston. A notoriously difficult venue for the visitors in terms of cricketing conditions and ambience was tamed once again by a senior batsman.

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