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India vs England 2011: News

Give England an inch at home, and they will snatch a yard

The heart pounds, the pulse rate jumps, the stomach quivers and the mind braces in anticipation of a contest that has all the ingredients that make Test cricket a feast to be savoured long after the last ball has been bowled. Pradeep magazine writes.

India will miss Sehwag's early attack

Occasionally fate serves up a delightful twist to an already irresistible contest. The India versus England series, the Lord’s Test in particular, is one such example, writes Ian Chappell.

Lord's is the ultimate cricket brand

In the contemporary world of aggressive commercialisation, and mind boggling millions, Lord's is the ultimate cricket brand. Amrit Mathur writes.

It all comes down to the team's belief

Team India's last net session on the eve of the first test match against England carried an air of confidence, while at the same the nervousness was palpable, writes Aakash Chopra.

India, masters of their destiny now

I dare say that Chandrasekhar's stirring spell of 6 for 38 in the Oval Test of 1971, that gave India its first ever victory over England, is the most exhilarating memory I have of cricket. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Build-up talk is of no relevance

Apart from the Ashes, the India series is the most keenly anticipated one in recent years. As always, there is huge anticipation, but this time both sides are playing for a massively important spot. Kevin Pietersen writes.

Good that Dhoni backed himself

KP's double hundred, PK's five wickets. Things keep happening at Lord's. But the biggest talking point is definitely Mahendra Singh's role as a bowler on the second day of the first test match, says Sourav Ganguly.

One of the most satisfying hundreds of my career: Dravid

Riddled with self-doubt last year, senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said the unbeaten hundred against England in the ongoing first cricket Test here has come as one of the most "satisfying and fulfilling" moments of his career.

Lord’s has kept pace with time

Watching cricket on a sun-drenched day from the MCC box at Lord's, Dilip Vengsarkar shrugged off his defeat in the MCA elections. "That is over," he said. "I have no regrets, but I wish I had made a fourth hundred at Lord's."

Batting for bowlers

Indian cricket remains eclipsed by its famed batting order. The lopsided approach is now taking its toll.

Disaster was waiting to strike unprepared India

Looking back at Lord's, it is evident that the side that was better prepared, won. England deserve credit for the way they prepared for the series, mentally and physically. Nasser Hussain writes.
Outside view

Lord's served up a feast for purists

The seam was upright but slightly tilted towards the third slip; the shiny surface was towards the on side, while the ball moved appreciably in the air towards its rough side. Aakash Chopra writes. Matters of swing

Zaheer-less India helped England

Critics are getting ready to tear apart Dhoni & Co for the loss at Lord's. The feeling is that a team plagued by injuries and illness will find it difficult to regroup and put it across England, writes Sourav Ganguly.

No reason why India can’t pull off an encore

Those who follow Indian cricket wouldn't have been surprised by the result of the first Test. Even in the past, we haven't given too much importance to practice games, and that has consistently shown in the first Test of a series. Anil Kumble writes.

Mental toughness can bail out the visitors

Going into Trent Bridge, I expect just one change coming from India — that of Sreesanth in place of Zaheer Khan, writes Nasser Hussain. A bridge to cross
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