India Vs England Test Series,
The greener of the greens , the heat-less summer , the cleanest of clothes, and mildest of crowd celebrations and nonetheless gallons of beer and no no it isn’t the Wimbledon(No beer in Wimbledon!) , It is the Test series between India and England. It is one such series which still withholds the tradition of 5 tests and this is being regarded the first intense tour for the New crowned One day champions after their triumph. India still clutching to it’s No.1 spot in tests like an adamant baby and the English who are much more determined to put an end to India’s non-losing streak of 10 consecutive test series . It actually is much more respite to Indian cricket fans as this is the kind of tour they are waiting to feast on after the much boring (one has to accept!) Windies tour(I was too bored to blog it out) and after all the Indians get to have the matches telecast at a time when they won’t sleep or won’t get fired turning up for work late after a very late night slow cricket. This series actually does not have any kind of fire down it’s belly to ignite the series or any kind of enmity between the teams that would brighten up the series ,but still this series of 5 going to be grueling tests would attract more eye-balls than a exhibition match of Manchester united.
The results of the matches are to be too keenly watched by experts, fans, test enthusiasts and especially the men behind the camera’s. There isn’t too much of controversies surrounding the series as much as the gayle fiasco did for Windies tour but the good news is the Indians are back with their best team and except for Sehwag there is no big worries to the already strong batting ordered with it’s heavily armored middle order comprising of The maestro, The Wall & The ever Stylist VVS. A.Mukund who had an decent run in difficult of pitches in Caribbean would get another shot to open with Gambhir in Sehwag’s absence , Raina’s dominant comeback in the windies tour and also in the recently concluded practice match adds more strength to the armory. The bowling which is always touted as India’s Weak link especially their fast bowling department has proved much more in the carribean tour and Ishanth with his dangerous pace and short one’s along with his current form looks as dangerous as a Indian Fast bowler ever have been . Bhajji is at his usual best and munaf with his sharpened art of spining as A. Roberts would say forms a deadly quartet and OOOoooops! forgot to remind that zak is back Yes, zaheer the bowling attack this time would ne lead by the wily and cunning Zaheer khan . Strauss would have already started his prayers.
Meanwhile, The English Batting is also as strong as it can be with all their Top four Batsmen in top form. Cook & Strauss form a deadly opening pair with each of scoring centuries at will these days with Ian bell , Trott followed by Kevin peiterson (K.P)and Eoin Morgan combine to form a devastating middle order , all these batsmen have numbers to support their claim. K.P is supposed to look for runs as he is the only small weak link in the English batting armory but that is what is dangerous for India as he can come to form at any time that too in a series of 5 tests. The bowling of England was not their weak link ever and it is not this time again , Anderson considered as one of the prime swing bowlers of present times in the lines of steyn and zaheer will lead the attack for England and swann the wily fox will be ready to spin his web of disaster for India but Everybody knows the history of Spin against India , Broad the new T20 captain has too much to prove after the shabby show the previous series , tremlett or bresnan will always be there for providing the extra hand in crisis situations.
Overall, This is a mouth watering series in waiting and too many one -to- one are on their way to heat it up along the way. This series , i will not say will be going down in history as a great one, but it will prove the might of test cricket and why it is rated above all forms of Cricket.
Again OOOOooopps… Sachin’s 100th International is waiting to come this series and supposedly to everybody’s liking the next match itself.
Note: MSD is yet to lose a series as captain.