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England vs India, 5th Test, 7th-11th Sept - The Oval

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  1. 1. Who will win the Oval test?



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It will be the final time India and England clash in this 2 month long series. Team India went into this series with lots of expectations but only have T20 series victory to show against its name. Having lost both ODI and Test series, they would like to finish in a high. From a series perspective, this test may be a dead rubber but with test championship upcoming all tests are crucial. India having come close to victory on both Edgbaston and Southampton tests but couldn't get the job done. This was a series lost not because Eng played some brilliant cricket but rather India played poorly. It will also be Alastair Cook's last test and Eng will try their best to give cook a winning farewell.

 

Its also the first time team India will be playing at Oval since the last year's CT debacle.

 

India is expected to make few changes with young Prithvi Shaw may replace Dhawan and Ashwin's injury should make way for Ravi Jadeja. England expected to go unchanged.

 

So can India salvage some pride and make it 3-2 or Cook will get a fitting farewell with 4-1 victory for Eng?

 

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A dead rubber, so less pressure on both teams. Below are the strengths and weaknesses of Ind based on performances so far:

 

Weaknesses:

  • Openers
  • Rahane - hasn't performed up to expectations esp. being a SENA specialist
  • Spinner - Ashwin or Jadeja, in the larger scheme of things would not matter. Because If Jadeja is not playing, we think he would have done better. If Jadeja was playing, we would have thought Ashwin would have changed things  
  • WK - Karthik did poorly. Pant is new so still adjusting to the learning curve 

 

Strengths:

  • Kohli - How consistent can be remain
  • Pujara 
  • Pandya - Impact player. Won Ind a test 
  • Pace bowlers 

 

Questions: 6th batsmen, 5th bowler or all-rounder. Again, if 6th batsman was playing, we would have thought the 5th bowler / All-rounder would have been better. If the 5th bowler were playing, we would have thought the 6th batsman / All-rounder would have changed things

 

Anyways, I hope that somehow someone will have an impact game to make it 2-3. And with that Shastri will have the last bark :p:

 

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Vihari for Pandya
Jadeja for Ashwin
 
Are the rumoured team changes. Kohli is due a failure sooner or later and if it happens here could be looking at a sub-200 score.
I don't think Pandya is going to be thrown out.

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55 minutes ago, The Realist said:

Vihari for Pandya

Jadeja for Ashwin

 

Are the rumoured team changes. Kohli is due a failure sooner or later and if it happens here could be looking at a sub-200 score.

Why not Shaw.kohli should learn something from root to give 20 year old player chance.if curren played like this,shaw will do also

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4 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

Do you have some inside info lol ?
Pandya will never be kicked out of Playing XI

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Everyone is saying vihari is making debut. I doubt Shaw will get chance. Jadeja is surely playing for ashwin. Vihari will either replace Pandya or Shami.

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To be fair everyone is saying vihari is making debut. I doubt Shaw will get chance. Jadeja is surely playing for ashwin. Vihari will either replace Pandya or Shami.

Everyone is saying doesn't necessarily mean he'll play.
Pandya is one player Kohli Is not gonna drop off from Playing XI - Does Vihari provides a bowling option like Pandya?

I see Dhawan/Rahul being dropped for Prithvi and maybe Kartik for Pant

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Pant will not be dropped.

 

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant - in that order - spent considerable time sweeping against throwdowns. It seemed a clear indication of how India were preparing to counter Moeen Ali, their phantom at Southampton.

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24594015/india-attempt-sweep-away-moeen-ali-misery

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Pant will not be dropped.
 
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant - in that order - spent considerable time sweeping against throwdowns. It seemed a clear indication of how India were preparing to counter Moeen Ali, their phantom at Southampton.
 
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24594015/india-attempt-sweep-away-moeen-ali-misery
Hmm.... Good.
So Pant is going to be there for WI and Australia tour as well.



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25 minutes ago, Forever Indian said:

I will be going to the Oval for Day 2. Will post some pics after I am back :dance:

you sure game will go to 2nd day? the way our batsman are batting england can finish this game at tea on day one.

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51 minutes ago, gattaca said:

Ashwin is done. Hopefully they play Jadeja 

We perform better with no pressure and series lost. Ashwin will play unless injured and he will perform well to be picked for future tours again.

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You are correct. There is nobody else except Saha who is injured.
Problem is I don't think Pant is ready yet.
(and everybody except Kohli can regress under Shastri)
Most of these players perform really well in their first 2-3 matches then their performance goes down and down as their confidence increases and the fame goes into their fame.

BCCI should invest in That srikar bharat guy-and keep Pant as a specialist Batsman in Test format.
In this way both would be able to do whatever they were doing.


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4 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

Problem is I don't think Pant is ready yet.
(and everybody except Kohli can regress under Shastri)
Most of these players perform really well in their first 2-3 matches then their performance goes down and down

Thats what u call a learning curve....

Pakke pakkaye player bht rare milte hai

4 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

as their confidence increases and the fame goes into their fame.

Fame goes into their fame:hmmm::hmmm:

Iska ka kya matalb

4 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

BCCI should invest in That srikar bharat guy-and keep Pant as a specialist Batsman in Test format.

why ???

Is pant keeping bad that u need another keeper ?

 

4 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

 


In this way both would be able to do whatever they were doing.
 

What were they doing???

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1) Learning curve my foot!!!!
Honestly they need to fire Shastri and bring some honest foreign coach because if Indian Coaches are hired, the same policy of politics and partying will go.

2)That's auto-correct. Fame goes into their head.
I've seen enough of KL rahul-Rahane BS to understand what will happen in future.

3) My personal opinion.
He can keep in LoIs but I think in Tests, we need a specialist WK-bat like Saha who is more valued for his catching.
Right now I think Pant makes for a decent Saha replacement but I personally think he better focus on his batting because he was selected for this reason only TBF.

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Just now, UrmiSinhaRay said:

1) Learning curve my foot!!!!

ur foot also grew with time so does player....

Just now, UrmiSinhaRay said:

Honestly they need to fire Shastri and bring some honest foreign coach because if Indian Coaches are hired, the same policy of politics and partying will go.

Its shudnt be about indian or foreign ....its shud be about the best coach

Dravid is an Indian coach doing well with A-team

Just now, UrmiSinhaRay said:


2)That's auto-correct. Fame goes into their head.
I've seen enough of KL rahul-Rahane BS to understand what will happen in future.

But hasnt even become famous and jst becoz someone has become famous doesnt mean it goes into his head

N what have u seen of KL n rahane n whats ur future prediction about them????

Just now, UrmiSinhaRay said:

3) My personal opinion.
He can keep in LoIs but I think in Tests, we need a specialist WK-bat like Saha who is more valued for his catching.
Right now I think Pant makes for a decent Saha replacement but I personally think he better focus on his batting because he was selected for this reason only TBF.


 

Pant has been brilliant behind the stumps in last 2 games...he is a speacilist keeper ...what catches have pant dropped

IF pant shud concentrate on his batting then so shud Saha 

 

Are u sure u hve seen pant keep, coz m sure u have mistakenly seen parthiv patel keepiing

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