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English summer is going to sizzle

You just can't wait for it to start. The contest between World No. 1 India and very competent England promises to be a classic. England's confidence must be bordering on arrogance after vanquishing Australia and Sri Lanka and hence should pose a huge challenge to India. Amrit Mathur writes.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2011 02:08 IST
Amrit Mathur

You just can't wait for it to start. The contest between World No. 1 India and very competent England promises to be a classic. England's confidence must be bordering on arrogance after vanquishing Australia and Sri Lanka and hence should pose a huge challenge to India.

Their strength lies in their roundedness. While batting looks in the pink of its health, the new ball attack also is more than competent. And then, there's crafty off spinner Graeme Swann too.

Yet, based on form and past record, India should intimidate a World XI, leave alone England. India's famous trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman should give nightmares to any opposition attack.

Intimadating line-up

Throw in names like Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, the line-up looks all the more intimidating. The bowling, led by Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, is good enough to test England.

For India's batting greats, on a “farewell” tour to England, this series is not just about scoring more runs.

Sachin’s chance

Players value success a lot more in England, and they would be keen to see their names on the honour board at the Lord's and see the full house at the Oval applauding them.

Upcoming individual milestones, Tendulkar's 100 century above all, will add more spice to the contest.

Dravid and Laxman, on the road for a decade and a half now, will like to assert themselves once again in demanding conditions.

Surely, this English summer is going to sizzle. With matches already sold out and Indian supporters expected to turn up in large numbers, England might as well feely they were playing away form home.