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Sharma and Tremlett gear up for tall deeds at Lord's

cricket Updated: Jul 20, 2011 00:22 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Hindustan Times
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Lord's is a peculiar ground. Some of the greatest names in the game have failed to understand its shape and chemistry. It's the slope from the Grand Stand to the Tavern & Mound Stand — a difference of eight and half feet from end-to-end — which makes it difficult to adapt.

But, for those who manage to get a hang of it, they can exploit the conditions brilliantly. It's been a happy hunting ground for tall bowlers who get their line right, delivering the ball from a height on the slope, making for a deadly combination. Glenn McGrath was a terror here, taking 26 wickets in three Tests.

Hence, it's Ishant Sharma who could be the key for India in the opening Test of the series starting on Thursday. Luckily, he's struck form at the right time too.

If Sharma carries on from where he had left in the West Indies, the England batsmen can expect a torrid time. However, not all tall bowlers have enjoyed success at the famous turf. Up against such an awkward slope, many find it difficult to control the line.

Talking about his own experience, England fast bowler, the six foot 7 inch Chris Tremlett said: "On my debut here in 2007 against India, I couldn't control my line and sent down many down the leg side."

Sharma versus Tremlett battle could play a big part in deciding the outcome of the opening game. This contest could well end up directing the course of the keenly awaited series.