This is the first time I've seen him I think, in a Test match definitely. Looks like he is a very accomplished player and with him and Kohli it looks like the future of Indian Cricket isn't as bleak as it looked it might be 12 months ago.
I think the last session is going to be crucial. England need two wickets at least in order to give themselves a chance. If these two are still there at close of play the game is over already for England.
I hope you're right, but England haven't performed since they met India last summer, and after the manner in which they capitulated to Pakistan earlier this year, I am really fearing for them facing Ashwin and the other one (oija?)
Ashwin is not as good as Swann or even Anil Kumble or even perhaps Harbajan (when in form), so I would not fear him honestly.
Unfortunately the Harbajan Singh of old is no more there else he could have been a handful - his turn and bounce can be a handful for any batsman.
He will surely score big in this series....if not this match.
When you say "surely", what do you base that on? Just hope? I ask because in his most recent games he has not shown the technical prowess that has been his primary skill all these years. So someone like Swann will always be a big threat to him.
I've been anticipating this series for awhile now and all I hope is we get a good well fought battle from both sides. Hopefully it will be close and can live up to and maybe even surpass the current SA v Aus series in terms of entertainment.
I too hope its a decent series (not a one-sided one like last time).
I do too, not least because if it is one-sided it won't be in favour of England this time. I have just been reading the latest article on ESPN and apparently since England last one a series 28 years ago we have only won one test on Indian soil.
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I don't want to predict the series result this time though.
I know what you mean, I nearly went 2-1 England, but fear it is more likely to be 3-0 India.