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Cook serves an appetiser before the main course

For a series as important as one England and India head into, setting the tone in the first game of the tour is imperative. And at four down for 133 in their opening warm-up game against India 'A', England risked conceding the upper hand to the hosts. Anand Sachar reports. Captain clicks

Dhoni & Co will not allow revenge to cloud vision

The Test series against England will mark the beginning of a hectic several months for the India team - physically demanding, mentally taxing, and made more nerve-jangling because India will be playing at home, where we are expected to win every time. VVS Laxman writes. VVS says

Mental strength will determine England’s survival

After the away tour of Australia, there hasn't been quality Test cricket for India and the eight Tests between India-England-Australia will provide four months of terrific cricket. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Viru and Gauti are India’s best opening pair

It is time for India and England to execute the plans on the ground. Such is the data available to international teams these days that there are very few secrets left anymore. VVS Laxman writes. VVS says

Little master lauds Sehwag

Sunil Gavaskar praised Virender Sehwag for his more cautious batting on Thursday and felt he should have gone on to get a bigger score.

Let Pujara carve a niche before comparing him with Dravid

It was nice to see the first Test in Ahmedabad pan out along expected lines. After MS won the toss, Viru and Gauti got India off to a good start, Pujara made a superb double and Yuvi marked his return to Test cricket with a well-made half century. VVS Laxman writes.

KP’s knock speaks of his greatness

India are in a difficult position and need someone to put up a heroic performance like Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen. Sourav Ganguly writes. Knock, then the talk

'Dono teams ko support dene ke liye shukriya!' Pietersen tweets to Mumbai

Kevin Pietersen, whose heroic knock of 186 played a huge part in England's thumping 10-wicket victory against India in the second cricket Test, has a few good words to say about the Mumbai crowd.

Bitten, India would be wary of turners

As expected, there were no miracles and England wrapped it up quickly. There may be talk on how India could have put up a fight just like South Africa did against Australia, but the truth is that they weren't allowed to do so by the England bowlers. Ian Botham writes.

Back to the basics for spin-smitten India batsmen

In an ideal world, the talk around a cricket series would be about the strengths and weaknesses of the teams. In this series, however, the focus is on how the wicket would behave. Aakash Chopra writes.

Fireworks over Eden pitch

The Eden Gardens is already seeing plenty of action, which reached a fever pitch on Saturday with curator Probir Mukherjee threatening to go on leave in a huff before he was coaxed back to work. Somshuvra Laha reports. War and pitch: a timeline

Eden no heaven for Sehwag's empty stomach!

If there was a time when Eden Gardens used to be a favourite haunt for the gastronomically inclined cricketers, here's a reality check. Virender Sehwag doesn't like the food served at the Eden. Somshuvra Laha reports. Viru unplugged that left everyone in splits

Once again, it will be a battle of spin

Winter has set in and it reminds me of those good old days when I was a boy going to Eden in jumpers and sweaters, with food packed (unfortunately that is not allowed these days). It was as if a winter carnival was on. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Final word on Sachin rests with him

When the series started, England were considered sitting ducks, the proverbial underdogs who had little chance of surviving Indian spin. Now, midway through the four-match contest, Cook's team is in happier space and having aced India in Mumbai, the momentum is with them. Amrit Mathur reports.

Zaheer to Anderson: The art of hiding the shiny side of the ball

Four years ago, Zaheer Khan was a pain for England due to his reverse swing. But Zaheer probably may not know that he had also gained an understudy in a finer aspect of the art, hiding the shiny side of the ball until the point of release. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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