India suffered another Test series whitewash against England, as had occurred in 1959 (5 Tests) and 1974 (3 Tests). Things got no better in Australia either where another they suffered another 4-0 loss.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for the humiliating 0-4 series defeat at the hands of an expert bowling attack. Former cricketers criticised the team's "abject surrender" to England, blaming lack of athleticism and fitness; too much reliance on over-30s; mental fatigue because of too much cricket (such as the IPL); and a lack of proper preparation.
The series featured some heroic performances from Dravid but the batting of Gambhir, Sehwag, Laxman and Raina was disappointing while the key fast bowler Zaheer Khan was unfit for most of the tour.
Manager Anirudh Chaudhary from Haryana was younger than Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, the three senior players in the Indian team He was a member of the BCCI Finance Committee and was the son of a former Secretary of BCCI.
K Srikkanth (chairman), N D Hirwani, C R Venkatraman, M B Amarnath,Surendra Bhave.
Unavailable :Cheteshwar Pujara (knee injury).
Tour Party Announced:2 July 2011
Omitted :Murali Vijay,Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel.
Time between selection and departure from India
(2 July - 11 July)
Half of the Indian touring team -Dhoni,Dravid,Harbhajan,Kumar,Laxman,Mishra,Mukund,Patel,Raina and Sharma-flew to London direct from the West Indies Test series.
The rest (Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Sreesanth and Wriddhiman Saha) flew out of Mumbai for England on 11 July 2011.Tendulkar was already in England, and one player arrived from Australia.
Virender Sehwag, out of action since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, was given two extra weeks to recover.He flew in from New Delhi on Wed 3 August.
ODI reinforcement Manoj Tiwary flew from Kolkata to Mumbai and on to Heathrow Airport on 5 September.Ravindra Jadeja was much delayed awaiting his visa, but arrived at Heathrow on the morning before the 3rd ODI.
Time spent in England
(12 July - 17 September)
On-tour selection committee
Virat Kohli (Delhi, 22, RHB), after Yuvraj Singh fractured a left index finger, and Pragyan Ohja (Hyderabad, 24, SLA) after Harbhajan Singh suffered an abdominal muscle strain, both in the Trent Bridge Test.Ohja, who was set to play for Surrey but joined the touring side instead, flew from Hyderabad on 5 August.
Zaheer Khan (hamstring and ankle injuries) was also ruled out by an injury suffered during the first Test.. The replacement left-arm fast bowlerRudra Pradeep Singh was reportedly vacationing in Miami when called up.
Gambhir (concussion) Virender Sehwag (shoulder) and Ishant Sharma (left ankle ligaments) were ruled out of the one-day matches on 22 August. Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and Varun Aaron were chosen as their replacements
R Ashwin,P A Patel, R G Sharma and R Vinay Kumar also came in for the one day matches.
S Badrinath and M K Tiwary were added to the squad during the one-day international series when Tendulkar (toe injury) and Rohit Sharma (broken finger) went home injured.
LOST 196 r
LOST 319 r
LOST inns 242 r
LOST inns 8 r
Won 6 w
Won 5 r
Won 15 r
⊕ Old Trafford
England (only T20)
Lost 6 w
England (1st ODI)
England (2nd ODI)
Lost 7 w
§ Kennington Oval
England (3rd ODI)
Lost 3 w
England (4th ODI)
England (5th ODI)
Lost 6 w
† not first-class
Time spent in England before First Test:
(12 - 21 July)
Test appearances on tour
4-Dhoni, Dravid, Laxman, Raina, I Sharma, Tendulkar
3-Gambhir,P Kumar, Sreesanth
2-Harbhajan,Mishra, Mukund, Sehwag.
1 -R P Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan
0-Kohli,Ohja,M Patel, Saha.
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
⊕ 20/20 internationals
Return to India
Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh left on the same day, midway through the Test series.
Laxman, Mukund, Ohja, Saha, Sreesanth were not required for the one-day matches and left the tour after the Test series.
Gambhir, Sehwag, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan all returned to India injured.
Tendulkar (toe injury) and Rohit Sharma (broken finger) went home injured during the one-day series.
The one-day team landed at Mumbai airport on Sunday morning 18 September 2011