After much speculations regarding the continuation of the India-England test series, finally, it is really nice to see the India-England first test above to take off at Chepauk stadium in Chennai. This gave much relief to atleast me, for, days and weeks altogether without international cricketing action kept me cursing me all these days. So, finally, thanks to the Chennai test which I believe will go ahead successfully, without any weather interuptions and security fears. Lets all hope that there will be a good contest between India and England team, with both of them putting up a tough fight to overcome the opposition, unlike the English team did in the one day series, by losing all five games without any resistance.
I wish the lack of practice for the English team would not mind them from putting up a better performance what-so-ever. For, where there is a will, there is a way. This could be drawn from the fact that team India won the inaugural T20 world cup at South Africa without a permanent coach. With players like Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Steve Harmison, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood and others, the England team should not be complaining at all, as far as their talent goes. If the England team is given a glance, it looks a rather balanced team. We all hope that the weather gods do not come in the way of a fantastic encounter out there at the Chepauk stadium.
For the first time, the Indian team will take on the field without Sourav Ganguly. Even the pinch of missing Anil Kumble will be felt deeply by the fans I guess. And, for heaven's sake, the only delight being is the presence of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman, whom we have been seeing for a decade or so. Irrespective of their form and fitness, their absense will be really felt. Obviously, team India is bound to have an upper hand in the series, and it is upto England to make use of the talent in the team, keeping in mind the lack of weakness in the Indian side.
If the recent past is considered, none of the teams, barring India have played really good and decent cricket. Even the mighty Aussies were found striking a bad patch during their tour of India. Not only for losing the series, but, also for showing no signs of chasing targets and defending their low totals. Matches are won in such a way that neither the winning team rejoices nor the losing team gets humiliated. Neither the losing team makes up its mind to be in the driver's seat in the coming games, thus drawing lessons from the previous one. Now, I hope that the days of drought in cricket are over with the India-England teams resuming their tours.The best of all cricketing action is yet to come.Cheers!!!