More heat in store with England touring India?
Probably, considering Dhoni's men will look for revenge in the upcoming ODIs. Here's an account of England's last visit to India...Probably, considering Dhoni's men will look for revenge in the upcoming ODIs. Here's an account of England's last visit to India...
THE series started with Yuvraj Singh scoring back-to-back centuries in the first two one-dayers, including a magnificent 138 in Rajkot. The all-rounder had 325 runs and five wickets from the series when unforeseen circumstances put an end to his blitz.
Yuvi reigns: Yuvraj Singh celebrates a century at Rajkot during the
2008-09 ODI series against England. Pic/Getty Images
The Batting PowerPlay
The new Powerplay rules, where the batting side decides five overs that will be part of the fielding restrictions, were introduced during this ODI series. India's batsmen, primarily Yuvraj and skipper MS Dhoni, were the first to exploit the new addition to one-day cricket. England, on the other hand, lost the plot during the five-over period.
KP upset with venues
After bad light forced an early end to the Kanpur ODI and handed India a 3-0 lead in the series, Pietersen questioned the authorities decision to hand matches to venues that didn't boast of floodlights. He was unhappy that Guwahati was to host the sixth game, a match that never took place because England returned home early.
Dhoni vs media
When Irfan Pathan replaced RP Singh for the fourth and fifth ODIs, there were reports of disagreement between skipper MS Dhoni and the selectors. This did not sit well with Dhoni, "I don't know where the report came from. What happens inside a meeting where the selectors, the captain and the coaches are there, when it comes out it is disgusting and disrespectful," Dhoni said ahead of the fourth ODI. "Things like this should not be happening. I'm not saying something happened at the meeting, but over the years we have seen things being leaked from meetings," he added.
Yuvraj a "pie-chucker"
Like the great Sachin Tendulkar, Pietersen was developing a habit of getting out to left-arm spinners. He was evidently frustrated when Yuvraj snared him in the second ODI at Indore. Pietersen's frustration boiled over later on that tour (after England returned to India to play the Test series) in the Mohali Test. When Pietersen scored a century, he labelled Yuvraj a "pie-chucker" and suggested that he was a purveyor of "left-arm filth".
The southpaw didn't take kindly to the taunts. After the fourth day of that Test, Yuvraj walked into the press briefing, saying: "Relax, the pie-chucker is here," and said: "When I woke up this morning and saw the paper I asked what it meant. They told me it meant I was a useless kind of a bowler so it shows KP hates getting out to me -- getting out to a useless bowler five times is quite useless batting, I would say." Classic Yuvi.
Terror strikes, England flee
India were up 5-0 in the series and looking good for a whitewach when a terrorist attack in Mumbai on November 26th changed things. The last two games of the tour were cancelled as England returned home, only to return two weeks later for the two-Test series.
KP, Moores lose jobs
A series of disagreements on the tour of India between the captain and coach resulted in the ouster of both from the helm of English cricket. The crisis took an ugly turn when Pietersen informed the England board on New Year's Eve that he could not take the team forward if Moores remained the coach. Eventually, Pietersen was forced to resign as captain, which led to Andrew Strauss taking over.
India 5 - 0 England
* 1st ODI, Rajkot: India won by 158 runs
* 2nd ODI, Indore: India won by 54 runs
* 3rd ODI, Kanpur: India won by 16 runs (D/L method)
* 4th ODI, Bangalore: India won by 19 runs (D/L method)
* 5th ODI, Cuttack: India won by six wickets