The CCI stadium Brabourne is hosting a test match after some 30 years, means none of the players in either team have played here. After recording their 100th Test win, the Indian team despite the absence of their 'Test player of the year - Gautam Gambhir', looks solid for a chance to go rank 1 in Test rankings atleast for some days before South Africa take on England. And given the way the English are going through their African Safari, the Indian team can hold the title for much longer.
- Gauti not playing: What a way to waste the opportunity to knock down another hundred and a record 5th consecutive century. Given that the Indian team is not playing much of neatly dressed cricket (only 5 this season), Gauti should have utilized the purple patch he has been enjoying. In his absence, Murli Vijay, the Tamil Nadu opener gets a chance to showcase his supreme form he his carrying in the Indian Domestic season.
- Must listen to India's most succesful captain Mr.Saurav Ganguly's words, "If two spinners can't do the job against a batting line-up, then three would also do no good". Then who gets the axe ? The mystery Mendis who dismantled Indian batting line-up in Sri Lanka like a ten-pin ? The better than Mendis record holder Herath, who only seems to have caused any problems for the Indians, and given the reputation of Indians that they give utmost encouragement to youngsters, he has better chances than any other bowler. Or Mr. Murli ? The close to 800 test scalps holder who has been battered by everyone on this tour, and who has been forced to think about retiring when he just seemed to go on and on.
In all, Lankans have to group up, leave back the ass whipping they got in Kanpur, start fresh a new day a new test, a new Test against a strong and aggressive batters, a comeback bowler and a turbanator who is yet to fire for quite some time now.