• With six overs to go in the last game of what will go down as India's summer of despair, Mahendra Singh Dhoni looked around the field for a bowler and threw the ball to Virat Kohli. None of his bowlers had bowled out but his favoured death bowler Munaf Patel - and that is a story in itself - had been carried off the field. There can be no more telling statement on the poverty of Indian bowling.

    At Cardiff, India scored what looked like enough, as they did at Lord's and Southampton, indeed even more so. But in neither case was it enough and another man might have made his frustration apparent. India's best bowler on this tour, Zaheer Khan, lasted a few overs and the next best, Praveen Kumar, wasn't playing. Dhoni might have looked at Ravichandran Ashwin, might have worried about whether the ball was too wet, but that doesn't take away from the fact that there was no one on the park the batsmen would have felt discomfort towards.

    In this form of the game, I don't think India need worry

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  • Fifth one
    day - England vs India at Cardiff on 16.09.11: England won by six wickets under
    DLM

     

    This was the
    farewell game for R Dravid in one day Internationals. He scored a fifty in this
    game - 69. His knock game gave him the distinction of becoming the 50th
    batsman in the annals of one day games to score a fifty in his farewell game.
    He became the sixth Indian batsman to accomplish the feat. The complete list
    read thus

     

    No

    Batsmen

    Runs

    Opposition

    Ground

    Date

    1

    S Abid Ali

    70

    v New Zealand

    Manchester

    14 Jun 1975

    2

    S Amarnath

    62

    v Pakistan

    Sahiwal

    03 Nov 1978

    3

    GK Khoda

    89

    v Kenya

    Bangalore

    20 May 1998

    4

    A Jadeja

    93

    v Pakistan

    Dhaka

    03 Jun 2000

    5

    S Sriram

    57

    v Bangladesh

    Dhaka

    26 Dec 2004

    6

    R Dravid

    69

    v England

    Cardiff

    16 Sep 2011

     

    He also
    added 170 runs for the third wicket with V Kohli providing the 314th
    century partnership posted by Indian batsmen against various oppositions.  This stand

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  •  

    Two months ago, India set foot on the
    English soil as the No. 1 Test side and world champions in ODIs. They return, callously
    stripped off their ranking and their airs. After the 4-nil humiliation in the Tests,
    we've slipped to No. 3 in Tests. And not winning a single ODI has pushed our
    ODI rank off a cliff, too.

     

    But the point is not so much about the
    rankings. We'd climb the ladder again playing the home fixtures over the next
    few months. Rankings, we must understand, cannot be an absolute representation
    of calibre, both of the loser or the winner. So, while things can only improve
    hereon, we must not brush off this painful experience as a nightmare. Lessons
    ought to be learnt. 

     

    Time
    To Groom Youngsters

     

    For the longest time India's team
    composition didn't need much tinkering — most of our batsmen were in form and
    bowlers were fit and performing. In fact, we'd often face the problem of plenty,
    and perhaps that is why we didn't spend time preparing the second line.

     

    Now,

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