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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Finally some test cricket

After the disgusting farce that was the World Cup, test cricket is looking much much more attractive to me. And finally India is playing some test cricket, the opposition being Bangladesh. Bangladesh could beat India in a one-day match but in test cricket there is no doubt as to who will be victor. The Bangladesh captain himself is almost sure of defeat. What more need I say?

Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh are joining the Indian team for the test matches and with them bring a wealth of experience. The Bangladesh team, in contrast, is young with not much test-cricket experience to boast of. This may not be the most interesting test cricket series after all, but then it is test cricket and I am all pumped up for tomorrow's game!

One thing that would be interesting to watch out for in tomorrow's game is who fills the opener's slot alongside Wasim Jaffer. With Virender Sehwag not playing the Indian team again faces the age-old problem of finding opening batsmen. I am putting my money on Ganguly. He will be all pumped up after his success in India's last test series against South Africa that resulted in his comeback. And against a mediocre Bangladeshi bowling attack he should be able to do well in the opener's slot. And he is a popular man in Bangladesh too. Infact some Bangladesh fans were even dissappointed that he missed out on the one-day series. He has his interest in Bangladseh too:
"I don't consider Bangladesh as a different country. I captained in my first Test here. So Bangladesh will always be special."
I am sure Ganguly will want to make it a little more special for himself by getting a couple of centuries here.

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