Four GU players selected in the Indian World Cup team chosen to defend the title in Austraila and New Zealand. A proud day for R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Stuart Binny!!
Having been set a modest target, India's batsmen set about exposing it as indecent. Ajinkya Rahane made his maiden ODI hundred during a stand of 183 with Shikhar Dhawan, a record opening partnership for India in England.
India's openers tip-toed through the first four overs, scoring the same number of runs, before Rahane struck four sumptuous fours off James Anderson; Dhawan rattled three more from Chris Woakes' first over, taking them to 57 from ten. It was a clear case of the fours being with India.
And the sixes, too, both openers reaching their half-centuries by clearing the ropes. They hit four apiece, the most dismissive a front-foot pull from Rahane off Steven Finn.
Rahane was chosen the Man of the Match for his second hundered in England on this tour.
R Ashwin puts in a match winning performance at Trent Bridge to help India win and gain an unassilable lead over England. He won the man of the match award for his spell of 3/39.
In the post match awards ceremony Ashwin said "The downtime gave me some time to work on my bowling. I thought the wicket had some bounce, it was good to bowl on. Me and Jaddu have a good record against England which is a real help. I thought it [Raina's catch] was going for four but he plucked it out."
An exceptional counter-attacking hundred from Ajinkya Rahane that washed residual ill feeling from an engrossing opening to the second Test. Rahane's 103 came to grief 15 minutes before the close, courtesy of a nonchalant left-handed catch in his follow-through by James Anderson, an over in which Rahane had driven him confidently through the covers for his second Test hundred. No matter how fulfilling his career, he will not make too many better.
After tea, England were seen off by Rahane. He played the ball late, coped with the seam and bounce like he will tell you a Mumbai batsman should, and then let his instincts flourish. Plunkett's resorting to a short, round-the-wicket attack - an understandable if somewhat two-dimensional tactic on featherbeds - looked a desperate ploy. That was England's low spot of the day.
Someone please explain why R Ashwin is now a spectator? For a man who became the fastest Indian to take 100 Test wickets, who averages 40 as a lower-order batsman, and who has time and again fronted up under pressure in many forms, he has been managed dreadfully. Frankly, he would be my fourth automatic pick after MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in this Indian Test team. He is a banker, yet he is being treated like a robber.
It was only natural that after a golden year or so as India's No. 1 Test bowler he would struggle for a period, as he did in a couple of Tests in South Africa in late 2013. Yet, by the 2014 World T20 he was back to his best, his mystery balls coming out with confidence. Throw in his resolute batting and reliable fielding and he is an ideal team man.
India offspinner R Ashwin has been conferred the Arjuna award, an Indian government honour to recognise outstanding achievement in national sport. Ashwin has been India's lead spinner in limited-overs in recent years and was also the quickest bowler to 100 Test wickets since 1931.
The awards were presented by the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, but Ashwin was not present for the ceremony as he is currently with the Indian team on the England tour.
The Arjuna awards were instituted in 1961, and 47 Indian cricketers have been honoured with it since. The award consists of a statuette, a certificate, a ceremonial dress, and a cash award of Rs 5 lakh.
One of the main criterion for being eligible for the awards is that the sportsperson should "not only have good performance over the previous four years at the international level but also should have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline."