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
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
In the contemporary world of aggressive commercialisation, and mind boggling millions, Lord's is the ultimate cricket brand. Amrit Mathur writes.
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
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
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
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
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.
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."
Indian cricket remains eclipsed by its famed batting order. The lopsided approach is now taking its toll.
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
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
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
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
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