Strauss edged it twice but Indians didn''t appeal!

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Bangalore, Feb 28 (PTI) The Indian team seems to have a''hearing problem'' in addition to its bowling and fielding woeswhich led to its failure to defend a strong score of 338 inthe World Cup match against England here last night.

Much has has been spoken and written about how poorbowling and fielding in addition to a late batting collapsethat resulted in the fall of India''s last seven wickets for 33runs and nearly enabled England to win.

But two huge blunders committed by skipper Mahendra SinghDhoni and his bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan appear to havegone unnoticed in the debate and discussion over the tiedmatch.

England skipper Andrew Strauss, who was the architect ofIndia''s agony by hitting his highest ODI score of 158, shouldhave been out when he has scored a mere 13 if wicket-keeperDhoni, Zaheer or close-in fielders had appealed for a caughtbehind at that point. Strauss clearly nicked a Zaheer deliverybut there was no appeal by the Indians.

98 runs later, the England skipper had another stroke ofluck when he again edged Zaheer to Dhoni with his score at 111but none of the Indians on the field appealed.

Some of the television commentators, who heard thereplays of the clear nicks, thought that the Indian playersprobably did not hear the edges because of the crowd noise --an unconvincing argument given the fact that Indian cricketersare used to noisy, boisterous crowds everytime they set footon the field. No cricket ground in the world has as vocalspectators as Kolkata''s Eden Gardens where over one lakh fansturn out for big matches.

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