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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Excitement in the air!

So this is the day when the Indian cricket team begins the quest for that elusive series victory in England. The ground where it all begins is Lords where the atmosphere is always perfect for cricket. Expectations, apprehensions and opinions are hanging thick everywhere. Both teams are coming in from very satisfying series wins after a poor showing in the World Cup. Both teams are well matched and the promise of great cricket to come in the next few weeks has me all pumped up!

As I said there are opinions everywhere. But of special interest is Tendulkar's form and how he will fare through this series especially considering the sudden surge in form he has displayed against South Africa in the one-day series and now in the warm-up games in England as well.

Alec Stewart says:
The stellar batting line-up that India possess will be worth the admission money for those lucky enough to obtain tickets and I am sure that cricket lovers around the world will be hoping that Sachin Tendulkar will eventually get his first long-awaited century at Lord's - and thus get his name up on the honours board in the visitors dressing-room. Not to have two of the greatest players of the modern era in Brian Lara and Tendulkar scoring Test hundreds at the home of cricket would be a travesty. This could well be Tendulkars last opportunity and with England's very inexpeienced bowling attack on show he has a great opportunity.
Tendulkar will be happy to note that, wouldn't he? He averages 19.20 in five innings, with a highest of just 31 at Lords! If he can get a big one here then that could provide a real prop to the Indian chances as well as remove that unfitting Lords record from against his name.

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