India v England – head to head

November 29, 2012

The Scoop takes a close look at the key head-to-head battles in the India v England test series and concludes that the two sides are finely balanced.

Gautam Gambir v Alastair Cook
Former World No. 1 Gambir has looked a shadow of himself while Cook has impressed with two big hundreds in difficult conditions. Verdict – England

Virenda Sehwag v Nick Compton
One senses that Nick Compton’s test career might be about to take off while Sehwag’s is in decline. But Sehwag’s blistering century wins him the vote. Verdict – India

Cheteshwara Pujara v Jonathan Trott
If this were boxing, the referee would already have stopped the fight. There could be no starker contrast between the classical Pujara with the rock solid defence and Trott who is batting like a rabbit in the headlights. Verdict – India

Sachin Tendulkar v Kevin Pietersen
Strokeless and beleaguered – Sachin is struggling to hold on to his place; KP has reminded us what a world-class batsman he is.
Verdict – England

Virat Kholi v Ian Bell / Jonny Bairstow
No clear winner here – all are out of form and have disappointed. Verdict – draw

Yuvraj Singh v Samit Patel
Small contributions from both players with bat and ball but Yuvraj edges it with his important innings in Ahmedabad. Verdict – India

MS Dhoni v Matt Prior
No question – Prior has looked much more convincing with both bat and gloves. Verdict – England

R Ashwin v Graeme Swann
Ashwin has had one good game and one mediocre one; his lower order batting is very useful. Swann has bowled well in both tests. Verdict – draw

Pragjan Ojha v Stuart Broad
No contest – Ojha has 14 wickets. Broad has none (and virtually no runs) Verdict – India

Zaheer Kahn v Jimmy Anderson
Both leaders of the attack have struggled on spin friendly pitches that are conducive to neither seam nor swing. Verdict – draw

Umesh Yadav v Tim Bresnan (1st test only)
Yadav bowled with genuine pace and picked up important wickets. Bresnan did not. Verdict – India

Harbajhan Singh v Monty Panesar (2nd test only)
Now we know why Harbajhan was omitted in the first place – he looked innocuous. And we are even more mystified as to why Monty didn’t play in Ahmedabad. His bowling was top class. Verdict – England

Captain Dhoni v Captain Cook
Dhoni has seemed bereft of ideas and is experiencing a barrage of criticism in the local media. Cook, leading by example, is seeing his reputation grow by the day. Verdict – England

India 6.5 England 6.5 Result – a draw
So, in the head-to-head battles it is neck and neck. We await the Kolkata test with eager anticipation.

The Scoop 29/11/12

One Comment to “India v England – head to head”

  1. Sunil
    November 29th, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I agree with The Scoop that its all to play for. Dhoni and co. are copping awful flak from the Indian media – they’ve already written off his team.

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