Friday 29 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: India Should Win This Series Despite Rohit Sharma Injury

Virat Kohli gives a thumbs up
Farokh Engineer says runs are just around the corner for Virat Kohli
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The tables have turned, haven't they? Mind you, I did say that India would do much better in the one-dayers and let's be honest, they couldn't possibly do any worse, could they?

Hats off to Suresh Raina, who played an absolutely fantastic knock in the second ODI which made me wonder why he wasn't in the Test team.

India are learning from their mistakes, but they are learning a bit too late. Nevertheless, I reckon India should wrap up this series and will definitely win it.

They bounced back well in Cardiff, but they are a good side. Virat Kohli hasn't got going yet for some strange reason but once he does, I tell you what, he's going to get a big hundred and I feel it's just around the corner.

I'm in Mumbai at the moment and the general reaction to India winning again has been 'about time' and everyone feels that we are more suited to the one-day game than Test cricket. Now, that shouldn't be the case if you want to be ranked as one of the top teams in the world because you have to be good in all forms of the game.

We were pathetic in the Tests, we made the same mistakes again and again. Poor decisions were taken but now they are playing for some pride, trying to redeem themselves in another series and with it being an ODI series, the batsmen are natural strokeplayers and this will suit them better.

Today's news that Rohit Sharma has been ruled out is a huge blow. India will definitely miss him especially after the innings he played at Cardiff and the confidence he will have gained from that. Murali Vijay, his replacement, is more of a Test cricketer than a one-day cricketer, so it's time for Kohli to step up.

I am predicting an Indian win at Trent Bridge in the third ODI because they are on a high but I hope they fight harder, knowing that one of their main batsmen is out, and that the other batsmen step up.

They still have enough good strokeplayers so if they get a good start - even with Vijay in the side - they can always accelerate in the last 15 overs - that's what the plan will be, to try to keep the wickets intact and then in the last 10-15 overs, have an almighty slog.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs