“Cup of T20 sir?” asks an Indian attendant. “No thank you. I prefer something longer and more sophisticated,” replies the English lion, reading a newspaper with the headline 'Test is best'. Somshuvra Laha reports.
The resilience of the Indian lower order ensured that the third Test went into the final day. But even though it was not an innings victory, this was another comprehensive result for England. This win at the Eden Gardens brings them closer to South Africa, currently the No 1 side. Ian Botham writes.
It took England more than 500 deliveries to get a wicket and the credit for that must go to Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Virat has had a phenomenal year in one-day cricket and is a naturally aggressive batsman. What impressed me was the way he applied himself for the team's sake and curbed his style accordingly. Ian Botham writes.
I would like to congratulate England for the massive achievement of beating India at home, something they hadn't done in the last 28 years. They fought hard, enjoyed their game, backed each other and are enjoying the fruits of their hard work.
With two 4-0 drubbings overseas and now a 2-1 defeat at home, the India cricket team has a lot to worry about. One aspect of the defeat was that they played a team, which was better than them. Ian Botham writes. Sidelights
India started as favourites but we need to remember that this English side isn’t ranked No 1 in this format for nothing. Their dominance in the first ODI showed that like the Test series, they have set their sights on the ODI trophy. Ian Botham writes.
Kochi is a must-win game for Dhoni and his boys because if they go down 0-2 in the series, it will be tough to come back and win three matches in a row. Sourav Ganguly writes.