The pitch at the Wankhede, with the red soil, has always turned and assisted spinners and it makes sense for India to include Harbhajan Singh in the side. England spinners have started off well and as the game progresses, the wicket will turn more, helping the formidable India spin attack, writes Ian Botham
It was a noisy night at Cuttack's Barabati Stadium when India comfortably chased down a target of 271 set by England. The team were on a high and so was the country. Leading the ODI series 5-0, they were on course for a 7-0 whitewash. Little did anyone know the excitement would be swept aside soon.
Controversial decisions seem to have become a norm in this series with England batsman Jonny Bairstow, just 4-Test old and looking to establish himself, was distinctly unlucky after being given out on Sunday.
Of course India can win the next two Tests. But irrespective of the outcome of this series, England have done what India never managed to do when they visited last year: played with gumption, flair and resolve. The comparison with that series is inevitable. Soumya Bhattacharya reports.
Once again, there is hue and cry after India's loss at the Wankhede. It was a great Test to watch, though lot of fans will be disappointed that India finished on the losing side. What this has done is that the series has come alive. Sourav Ganguly
There are few sights better than a fast bowler steaming in to release thunderbolts. But the big worry is their repeated breakdown. Anand Sachar reports.
Artificial lights could be used during the third Test between India and England in Kolkata, starting Wednesday. Bad light regularly stops play in winter in eastern India. Somshuvra Laha
reports. Bad light, play lost
When a visiting cricket team is given the status of a head of state, it's difficult to get to within 22 yards of them. Bypassing the security blanket, despite the risks attached, though could give you a surprising insight. Somshuvra Laha reports.
English cricketing great Ted Dexter just cannot stop admiring Cheteshwar Pujara. He describes the 24-year-old right hander as “classical” and “one of the “most correct players” he has seen for a long time.
England captain Alastair Cook, who took over the reigns from Andrew Strauss before the India series, today said that the added responsibility has brought the best out of him.
After the war of words for the past fortnight, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee decided to bury the hatchet just before the third cricket Test between India and England commenced.
Days after he slammed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for demanding a rank turner at the Eden Gardens for the Test against England, veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee was Wednesday basking in the adulation from both current and former cricketing greats for the wicket he has prepared for the game.
Alastair Cook was born around the time England last won a test series in India, on the 1984-5 tour. And for old-timers, Compton refers to Denis, the late England batting stalwart who thrilled fans with during the World War years, reports Somshuvra Laha
With the Eden Gardens pitch playing "tricks", England batsman Jonathan Trott whose team has taken a decisive first innings lead in the third Test against India, today said the visitors would like to add more runs quickly before declaring.
It's not difficult to fathom why the Indian spinners haven't been as good as their English counterparts this series. If defensive mentality is one reason, inability to adapt to the home wickets too has been their bane, Somshuvra Laha