We well remember the first Test of India’s last tour, which is weird, because we were in Canada for all but the final day.
But it’s that final day that’s important here. Nine wickets down, MS Dhoni blocked the shit out of it and for England, that was the difference between drawing the series and losing 1-0.
In recent years, India have started Test series slowly. This might be down to the fact that they tend to have half-an-hour of beach cricket as their entire build-up, but whatever the reason, the home team needs to take advantage while they can.
England also have an opportunity because half of India’s team are queueing up to see the team doctor. As the old saying goes ‘strike while the iron’s injured or insufficiently prepared’.
In other news, we’ve done a piece for Cricinfo which even we don’t really know what to make of.