Never before I wanted revenge so badly. The 4-0 loss in England is still afresh in the memory of me and my fellow patriots. We lost to Aus also in the same way... it sure did hurt but not as much as the one against England did. Because Aus was always a tough team to beat, toughest when you play in their backyard. On the other hand England got stronger at home very recently and they did not play against the super heavy Indian batmen. But as everyone know now, that did not matter at all. We were beaten fair and square (well may not be that fair considering the controversial DRS decisions against our RAHUL 'THE WALL' DRAVID). Still, what matters at the end of the day is the score line which was written in ink in the record books. That score line cannot be erased ever.
Bygones be bygones. We have whitewashed England in the ODI series this time last year in India. That sure was delicious ! But Test series is totally different. The time has come to give the taste of their own medicine with some added spice (lets call it spin). After all, last time we lost more because of the conditions in England. Make no mistake, their batting was equally amazing. This time, my bet is on the perfect replacement for the retired WALL, Pujara. If there is one guy who deserves Dravid's shoes then it has to be him. Well, you have people like Wasim Jaffer and S Badrinath who have scored tons of runs in domestic cricket but they are all 30+ and got very cricket left in them. And in bowling, all eyes will be on Ashwin/Bhajji, whoever plays but my bet is on Yuvi. He has been terrific in limited overs with the ball recently. He may not get as many overs as the first choice bowlers do but he might be the surprise package. And from England, I have always believed in the abilities of KP. His shots are authoritative. When he gets going, there is no better player to watch. No not even the little master. Graeme Swann might be their best bowling bet but my intuition is Indians have always played him well. Probably Samit Patel is more effective then Swann.
Time for some serious cricket. Bring it on !