I've not been posting a lot on CP the last couple of years, though I still read the Lounge and GIT (I was never very active in the GIT to begin with). It seems content has dried up in the last few weeks, has anybody else noticed this?
Gone are the days when a cricket match would feature nearly over-by-over updates. Now there's an entire day of Test cricket gone (what's more, with India on top) with no new threads - is everybody watching the game instead of posting about it?
Or did everybody just get A Life?
"We have already been through this, I am not going to repeat myself." - fat_boy, in a global warming thread
There were 3-4 core people who were extremely active during cricket season. Their intense posting lead to a chain reaction where dozens of others would post on those threads too. I think what's missing now are those central figures - they've either moved on from this forum or are otherwise busy with their lives.
Wouldn't bank on it, the two men that are in at the moment are the only two that will give resistance and you have Yuvaraj to get KP out so you don't need to worry about getting Cook, just concentrate on the other end.
There's a slim chance that Prior or Bell might give you problems but I doubt it. So although physically the game may go into the fourth day I think it will basically be over as a contest by the end of the 3rd, just a case of mopping up the tail-enders on the 4th morning.
Kinda funny though. Get a green pitch in England and your team beats us 4-0. Get a turning pitch in India and it seems we can beat you fairly easily. I wonder how the teams will fare on some kind of in-between wicket. That'll be a true test of each team's players.
Hold your horses you haven't beat us 4-0 yet! I think the 4-0 in England wouldn't happen if you played us now(in England), at the time so many of our Batsmen were in form that we were always going to score heavily, since then a lot of the players have lost form, Strauss has gone and also Morgan, the top 7 is nowhere near as strong. Also losing Khan early did for you, it would be the equivalent of us losing Swann for this series.
I take your point though about the teams being suited to different wickets, but our poorness on turning wickets is a lot worse than your poorness on green wickets. This will probably be proven by you getting an Innings defeat in the first match. It took us till the 3rd Test to dent your confidence enough to achieve that.
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.