India vs England | 1st Test | Ahmedabad | Day 1

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Alright so just hours before the 1st test begins. For Indian fans this has been the most awaited series ever since we're white-washed in England. Time for some payback :akhtar

As far as team news is concerned except Finn both teams will be fielding their top XI. Also Dhoni ruling out playing 3 spinners might hint at pitch not being an outright turner or a dry surface.

Toss might play a crucial role though as the surface is supposed to crack a lot as days go by.

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Go India !!!

no 3 spinners, so I guess no Bhajji !!

Even if it turns out to be an outright turner..we have yuvi anyway !! so no point of 3rd spinner...
 
India wins the series.... 3-0 .........!
 
On the contrary, I want to see the poms batting first. It'll be a more even contest that way - as they'll get the pitch when it hasn't cracked up and assisting the turn.
 
And of course I have an exam tomorrow...:( Ah well, can't let my studies get in the way of cricket.
 
Butterflies!!

After many series I feel nervous for this home series! Last time I was nervous when SA came. India's bowling in India is actually very exciting to watch nowadays. So, I don't mind even if England win toss. But I am hoping for first 3 England's wickets to fall as they will be very boring to watch.

Looking at new selectors activeness, I am hoping the opening pair has been warned. or at least made them aware that it's time to perform.

I am very excited for Pujara! Lots of hopes for him.

Heart wants SRT perform very well in this series. And having good practice playing Ranji, I am confident that he will find his form again.

Kohli should do his thing and continue his good form.

Yuvi has gotten golden chance to revive his test career. He can easily be in test team for next 2-3 years, whatever he will do, it will be exciting.

MSD's late order will be tested as there is a possibility of top order collapsing. MSD can be very dangerous lower order batsman on a slow pitch.

Ashwin the bowler will be vital obviously but I am also looking forward to his late batting order skills. Some people are claiming that he might be better batsman than offie!

Zak and Yadav's combo must work. Yadav is prob. the fastest bowler of the series, assuming Finn doesn't bowl this fast in test as he does in ODIs.

Lots of things being said about Zak lately! I think if he performs as good as he has been for last few years, he will be match winning bowler. He must take out England's openers asap. Cook shouldn't be getting set. Very imp. task for Zak.

And Ojha is still underrated bowler. He will trouble England's middle order and build the pressure.

So, Good Luck team India! It's time to get confidence back! It's time to turn around. Will be tough, but definite possibly to do well.
 
I hope England wins. The win will make our UAE victory even sweeter. :D
 
I reckon if we win the toss we should bat

Random Englishman :asif

It will all come down to England's batting. If England can put up good scores esp in first innings they have enough bowling to take 20 wickets. If the pitches are flat England could sneak this series which would be a historic result for them.

With RE supporting England. :wg
 
Hmm, what comes first? An injury to our fast bowlers or a wicket on this pitch?
 
Dhonut's won the toss, and India're batting first. Let's roll! Go Sehwag!
 
What are the dibs on the Gambit fishing to second slip like he did against NZ?
 
So strange to see Hussain & Botham in the studio and Atherton banished to broadcast from outside the stadium.

Kinda pathetic to be honest.
 
First advantage India by winning the toss.

But I loved Cook's comment to Shastri's question: "We don't take it like this (a good experience for youngsters), we are here to win a series and we have the team for it"
 
"8.50am Time for the first look at the pitch. It looks light in colour, and is bald. Both Ravi Shastri and Paul Collingwood talk of the "powdery feel". This could start turning pretty early. Weather, though, is pleasant"
 
Will Sehwag play flashy drive like he did in England in first over he faces? :23:
 
Aleem Dar and Tony Hill are the umpires. Both are very good umpires imo.
 
as much as i hate England........well, i hate india even more (only country i hate more is Israel)

so unless India is playing against that travesty known as Israel......she will not get my backing :moyo

go Pommmies!
 
as much as i hate England........well, i hate india even more (only country i hate more is Israel)

so unless India is playing against that travesty known as Israel......she will not get my backing :moyo

go Pommmies!

You are saying hate just to be cool, trust me you don't hate either of these countries in reality. :)
 
I think as boycott said England should have gone with monty...if top 6 cannot do it...I do not see samit doing it with the bat !!
 
You are saying hate just to be cool, trust me you don't hate either of these countries in reality. :)

by hating countries, i mean hating their gov't and policies.......NOt the avg. Joe

well in case of Israel, they are ALL guilty
 
by hating countries, i mean hating their gov't and policies.......NOt the avg. Joe

well in case of Israel, they are ALL guilty

The reason why I said because I am guessing neither of their policies or even govn't has affected you in your personal life, ergo you actually don't hate em. You just don't have any personal reason to hate those countries. I am guessing of course. :)
 
as much as i hate England........well, i hate india even more (only country i hate more is Israel)

so unless India is playing against that travesty known as Israel......she will not get my backing :moyo

go Pommmies!

Good hobby
 
4 off the first over. Next over will see Sehwag on strike to Broad, this could get fun.

When do the English commies get on?
 
Ill decide on the 3rd day who I wanna support for the rest of the series :D

If its even contest then England

If England are atrocious, then India :)

Home is where the heart is. :sachin

England need to do some early damage here. This pitch looks pathetic already.
 
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