India in England 2011 July 25, 2011

Record crowd for record Lord's Test

Never has a Monday morning at the ground been so busy, so urgent and so alive. Not even the prospect of a first Ashes victory in 75 years brought so many people to the ground in 2009
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Lord's, the grandest of cricket grounds as far as the richness of heritage and history go, had a new chapter added to its pages today. Never has a Monday morning at the ground been so busy, so urgent and so alive. Not even the prospect of a first Ashes victory in 75 years brought so many people to the ground in 2009. Today's full house beat that record by over 4000, but there is no account of those who had to return disappointed.

I certainly haven't seen a longer queue at a cricket ground, or anywhere for that matter, than today. It began right outside the St John's Wood tube station, about half a kilometre from Lord's, and snaked all around the stadium. And incredibly there were two of those.

I was in Granada in the south of Spain last month where they sell a limited number of tickets for the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Though the ticket counter opened at 8.30 am I had been advised to go early; I reached there at 6 am, bleary and cold, and was astounded to find 15 people ahead of me. By all accounts, there were over a thousand outside Lord's at that hour. Sam Collins, one half of the Chucks who do a delightful video diary for us, met the man who was first in one of the queues - he had reached there at 2 am.

As fans ran past me to join the end of the seemingly interminable queue, I felt grateful for the privileges of my job that granted me a seat right behind the bowler's arm, with free food thrown in.

A variety of factors have combined to make this a special day. The weather is gorgeous. What was meant to be a largely wet Test has grown brighter by the day. The Test was open with, theoretically at least, all four results still possible. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were at the crease with Sachin Tendulkar to follow, and this would certainly be the one last chance to watch them together at Lord's. There remained the outside chance of Tendulkar's 100th hundred. And of course, there are a lot of Indians in London.

There was another reason why the queues were so long. Usually, fans are allowed to buy four tickets on the final day. But to ensure touts didn't take advantage - final day tickets were priced at 20 pounds against 65 for the first day - the MCC decided to issue one ticket per person, with complimentary tickets for children below 16. But still, if you joined the queue at 8.30 am, when the ticket counters opened, there was no hope.

At a streetside coffee shop I met a man who'd travelled that morning from Bristol. He has been doing so for many years. "Book a return ticket in advance, land up around 8.30, have a beer after the game and catch a late evening train home."

"Looks like I'll be drinking a lot of beers today," he said, "I hope I can find some pubs where they are showing the match."

The man next to him was luckier. He'd travelled from Hampshire, about 40 minutes by train, and arrived not much earlier. "I jumped the queue," he said sheepishly. "They have broken up the queue at the traffic light, the cops weren't watching, and the guy at the end was looking elsewhere, so I joined in.

"I'm not proud of it but this will be my first day at Lord's, and I did what I had to."

At the media centre I caught up with Sourav Ganguly, a centurion on debut at this ground in 1996 and now here as a television commentator, and he said he had never seen a Monday like this at Lord's.

But of course it isn't merely about this Monday. To have been at Lord's through the five days has been to see the sun shining on Test cricket. It's been glorious.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • thelmus on September 17, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Test cricket encapsulates one thing the shorter versions of the game constantly fail to: the passionate drama of match turning on a good ball. Wickets fall so often it seems in the shorter versions that unless they fall in a heap, the batting team seem to continue it's momentum regardless. I believe the current Fad of 20/20 cricket will soon go the way of one day cricket and for precisely the same reason: so much is played and it has become so formulaic and predictable that a match's outcome can often be correctly surmised by the fall of the second wicket.

  • Arsalan on August 25, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    glad to see that people still love test cricket.

  • Bilawal Naveed on July 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I love England and its cricket crowed

  • Aaron on July 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Anyone from Mohali and Nagpur see this? Maybe you people could follow suit.

    Also, about time ticket prices were withing the reach of the majority as they are a joke in England.

  • redneck on July 27, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @venkatt and who would india get to come and play over the christmas/new years period? australia, south africa and new zealand are all playing at home at this time. and that is probably the one thing india's money cant buy from them! never mind the limited window aus and nz have to host home tests due to other sports using the same venues. believe me hell will freeze over before australia agree to tour anywhere during that time of year and i would dare say the same thing with south africa now. england have to spend 2 out of 4 christmas' away already with tours of aus and sa. i doubt their players would be too happy to make it 3 out of 4 away from their families! like the tought of india having a more structured home fixture but i dont see december/january being the time they do get it unless its bangledesh and zimbabwe your wanting to host!

  • Arjun on July 26, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    so....What actually was the crowd, Mr. Bal. If possible please post a reply to this comment. Thanks

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    For the purist, there is no cricket like Test Match Cricket.

  • peter bentall on July 26, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Cant quite understand so many comments about not getting a ticket. I joined the queue 100 metres down from St Johns Wood staion at 10.30, for East Gate. I bought my ticket around 11.40, just after Dravid was out.....and the Lower Edrich was sparselt occupied, hundreds more must have got in after me.

  • Kashi on July 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Last we saw character was when Gavaskar played that beautiful 100 in Trent Bridge in 70's. Only Dravid came close to that in this match. Rest is all empty talk

  • Alan Edgar on July 26, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    " (...) the MCC decided to issue one ticket per person".

    Incorrect - a friend of mine bought 2 tickets at 10.15am, one of which he gave to me when I arrived at the ground at 10.30

    Minor complaint re the freebies for kids - some of them had no interest in the game and deprived many genuine fans of a seat.

    It was a fiver a ticket on Sunday for u-16 and given the expected crowd, it should have been the same for Monday.

  • thelmus on September 17, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Test cricket encapsulates one thing the shorter versions of the game constantly fail to: the passionate drama of match turning on a good ball. Wickets fall so often it seems in the shorter versions that unless they fall in a heap, the batting team seem to continue it's momentum regardless. I believe the current Fad of 20/20 cricket will soon go the way of one day cricket and for precisely the same reason: so much is played and it has become so formulaic and predictable that a match's outcome can often be correctly surmised by the fall of the second wicket.

  • Arsalan on August 25, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    glad to see that people still love test cricket.

  • Bilawal Naveed on July 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I love England and its cricket crowed

  • Aaron on July 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Anyone from Mohali and Nagpur see this? Maybe you people could follow suit.

    Also, about time ticket prices were withing the reach of the majority as they are a joke in England.

  • redneck on July 27, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @venkatt and who would india get to come and play over the christmas/new years period? australia, south africa and new zealand are all playing at home at this time. and that is probably the one thing india's money cant buy from them! never mind the limited window aus and nz have to host home tests due to other sports using the same venues. believe me hell will freeze over before australia agree to tour anywhere during that time of year and i would dare say the same thing with south africa now. england have to spend 2 out of 4 christmas' away already with tours of aus and sa. i doubt their players would be too happy to make it 3 out of 4 away from their families! like the tought of india having a more structured home fixture but i dont see december/january being the time they do get it unless its bangledesh and zimbabwe your wanting to host!

  • Arjun on July 26, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    so....What actually was the crowd, Mr. Bal. If possible please post a reply to this comment. Thanks

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    For the purist, there is no cricket like Test Match Cricket.

  • peter bentall on July 26, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Cant quite understand so many comments about not getting a ticket. I joined the queue 100 metres down from St Johns Wood staion at 10.30, for East Gate. I bought my ticket around 11.40, just after Dravid was out.....and the Lower Edrich was sparselt occupied, hundreds more must have got in after me.

  • Kashi on July 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Last we saw character was when Gavaskar played that beautiful 100 in Trent Bridge in 70's. Only Dravid came close to that in this match. Rest is all empty talk

  • Alan Edgar on July 26, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    " (...) the MCC decided to issue one ticket per person".

    Incorrect - a friend of mine bought 2 tickets at 10.15am, one of which he gave to me when I arrived at the ground at 10.30

    Minor complaint re the freebies for kids - some of them had no interest in the game and deprived many genuine fans of a seat.

    It was a fiver a ticket on Sunday for u-16 and given the expected crowd, it should have been the same for Monday.

  • Qdzy on July 26, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Test cricket is fast drawing close to the end of it's shelve life, I don't see how the format can survive.

  • Ashish on July 26, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    I think a lot of that queue was made of over eager people who thought it was a sell out.

    I walked in with 4 friends (quite intrestingly a kiwi, one englishmen, one Lankan and myself Indian) through the North End Gate at 11.30 with no queue at the ticket window or the gate. Found some of the best seats on lower Compton right by the boundary, got an autograph from Yuvraj who had a lazy stroll...

    Never did I once thought it was heaving with people. It was busy alright but not so much. I have seen worst in England itself !

  • C R Shanmukha on July 26, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    The way tendulkar has batted, it is really disappointed. You should play always attacking cricket then scores will automatically come. See the example of mat prior how he has batted in a worst situation. I have not expected this type of batting from great guns like sachin, gambir and dhoni. Next text adopt the policy of attacking cricket that is what required in circumstances like lords.

  • T he oracle on July 26, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    BRILLIANT,the best atmosphere at a Lords test , real cricket supporters seats full, nobody leaving the ground even when the result was not in doubt .Both sets of fans enjoying a unique day . Magic day there at 8 30 and was more than surprised at the queues , doomsayers already suggesting a struggle to get in . Suffice to say got in with the minimum of fuss ,seated by 9.15 . Credit to the security staff and all stewards that it went as smoothly. I think the demand was unprecedented for a fifth day even allowing for all of the possibilities. It would be churlish to complain about the odd incidents of misinformation and I am sure the ground authorities will learn from this experience . Cricket and lords won , the ovation for Sachin another magic moment .

  • Stevie9 on July 26, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    A great peformance by England. I'm really pleased to see so many Indian supporters congratulating England - it shows strength of character. I'm absolutely sure that India will bounce back in this series. These are the best two test teams in the world!

  • Stewy on July 26, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    This series has so much to offer. I am English born and bred, but for some reason I have always regarded India as my second team. As I live in Australia this may seem strange, but I have absolutely loved this test match between my two favorite teams. I have so much enjoyed the batting of Peterson, Dravid, Laxman, Prior, and yes the little master, Tendulkar. To make this match perfect would have involved Tendulkar scoring his 100th century at Lord's. Test cricket is the banquet, anything else is akin to the local chipshop!!! English cricket followers appreciate Test cricket, and this game was Test cricket at it's finest between the two best Test cricket nations in the World. My most fervent hope is that the rest of the series is as entertaining and competitive as this match has been. GO ENGLAND. GO INDIA!

  • Adolph Soares on July 26, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Straussi & the Gang ... Cool and Disciplined. Well done! A befitting result in the 2000th Test for this Game's pioneer. Just differ on the Man-of-the-Match, taking nothing away from KP. Prior had his priority in place - made that difference on day 4, and the Captain failed to mention him at the ceremony? But Cheers Mates!

  • Venkat on July 26, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    It was a test of character for all those who were not certain of their places in the team. Only such of those players, from both the sides, performed in this test match.

    Players who were certain of their places did not perform and the team which had maximum number of such passengers naturally lost the game.

    People talked about KP not having scored a century for some time. People talked about Broad not deserving a place in the team. And Prior is selected only for the Test format.Since the Ashes last there has been a fighting for places in the English bowling attack. So whoever finds himself a place in XI will know very much that somebody who is not there in the XI can take his place in case he fails to perform. So the English bowling attack did not have any choice but to pick up all the 20 wickets on offer. Even Swann does not have luxury of what Harbajan enjoys in the Indian XI.

    The contrast with the Indian team is obvious. Only Dravid,Laxman, Raina, Ishant, Praveen Kumar contribute

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    I arrived at 11.20am and pretty much walked straight in. It was a fantastic day at Lords and the atmosphere just great. For £20 to see the best 2 sides on the world with all 4 results possible battle to a conclusion it was a snip.

  • Neeraj Sharma on July 26, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    I joined the queue at around 10am but managed to get inside..It was a glorious day for cricket and yes many regulars standing in the queue admitted that it was unbelievable crowd on a 5th day of the match and that too happened to be a working day..As rightly said people anticipated all 4 result (although India chances of win was always bleak) & I guess it was also to do with hype created around the match and this series...and yes it did live upto the hype so far...

  • Amit Agarwal on July 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Ok for all those who are feeling sad & bad after India's defeat and think that champion teams who are perched at number 1 in test rankings should not be affected by any player's absence - I would like to take them back in Australia's dominance era when they lost and almost lost two test series, the 2005 ashes in England & 2003 BG trophy in Australia because they were missing, guess who!! The name was Mcgrath!! Your strike bowler does make the difference and here we are missing our strile batsman also. Without Zaheer & Sehwag, its difficult to save this series. But its ok, lets try and play well!!

  • S on July 26, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    About the long queues and people being locked out. There were lots of tickets that were sold even after lunch session. I am not sure what that was about

  • Karthik on July 26, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    nice article

  • Tom on July 26, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Was there at 8, in by half 9 and had a nice bacon sandwich and a snooze by the nursery pitch til start of play. Perfect.

    Talked to people later on, it was certainly possible to get in later though.

  • Stu, Reading on July 26, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Like Anon, I joined the queue for the north gate late, about 10.45. I was inside by 11.10. All the info and shouting about the ground being full by 10 was nonsense. People who were turned away then missed out on a very special day's cricket because Lord's simply didn't handle the queues well at all!

  • truemans_ghost on July 26, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    It wasn't really that bad. I joined the queue, virtually in Maida Vale, a bit after 9am. After chatting amiably to a very pleasant retired gent of 73 for the next couple of hours and was in my seat before the start of play. Some people were complaining, but I refused to spoil my day by starting it in a bad mood.

  • venkatt on July 26, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Wonderful to read in detail the delights of Test cricket in the English summer. Wake up BCCI. Bring back the New Year Test match to Kolkata and the Pongal Test to Chennai and see the turnouts then. It will be occasions to savour.(Wishful thinking maybe with our cricket administration).

  • CK on July 26, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    It is good to see that England is playing cricket after hundreds of years.

  • Drv.Harichandran on July 26, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    India's batting in the Lords Test was pathetic. Sachin was at his worst. I felt sorry for him,knowing what a great batsman he is . They had a very negative approch and was playing to save the test . Don't be buoyed by the No One tag . Play attacking cricket and if you have to lose go down fighting like a Champion . Dhoni's tactics was also baffling . Why did he come in to bowl before trying out Raina . Was he trying to prove that he is a one man team ?

  • CRIACE on July 26, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    NICE POST. GOOD TO SEE FULLHOUSE AT LORDS IN TEST. MAY BE MANY INDIANS CAME TO WATCH INDIAN TEAM FIGHTING TO SAVE TEST BUT THEY ARE DISSAPPOINTED SPECIALLY SHOT PLAY BY DHONI WHEN JUST 30 OVERS LEFT HORRIBLE SHOT. CONGRATES ENGLAND THEY DISEERVE WIN

  • maulik parmar on July 26, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    It`s wonderful cricket played over the last 5 days,especially by England,Love KP back in Form.India need to Hard to Beat England in this series.Waiting for Excitement for Next Matches.

  • mongoose on July 26, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    I went up and took my son. I have been there countless times; he but twice. We joined the queue at the tube station and queued for an hour to the east gate. We were then sent to the Grace gate and got in in seconds. The Warner (Members) Stand was opened to us and we had a great day. The guy who came and sat next to us came after lunch and queued for only a few seconds and got in.

    A poor show by the controlling authorities but then Lords is like that. A fantastic proper day's Test cricket though. One more for the mental scrapbook. Well batted, Raina; well bowled, England.

  • parveen on July 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    awesome

  • Asif on July 26, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Indians are a superior side when they play at home.When they face a bouncy pitch nothing left on them to offer.Very sad.

  • farhan on July 26, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Proud to say. I was there.

  • akash on July 25, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    even before the start of the series i knew that india cant beat england.india is a team which can only dominate in asian conditions where the ball is not swinging around and there is no bouce on the pitches.all indian players which have big names can only pile up huge amount of runs on their home soil but against good quality bowling their weaknesses against swing and bouce are exposed.pitty

  • Prasad Tate on July 25, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    @Learn or Depart: live upto your name dude or are you just trolling here? Learn to appreciate a good game. And Yes, No. 1 team DOES NOT mean INVINCIBLE. It means number one based on merit of several ones, not a single recent one. So stop rejocing at India's and keep praying for whatever team you support to be No. 1.

  • Jon Neivens on July 25, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    I got to St John's Wood station at around 9am, queued till just before 11am and got in. I didn't jump any queues --although we were directed to join different queues a couple of times by stewards. I agree wholeheartedly with Hugh's comments, although the stewards and police were already telling us to give it up by the time I got there, I thought I'd give it a go; queueing is as English a pastime as cricket after all. It was an absolutely brilliant day, the atmosphere was electric and it was a fine performance by England. They'll need to strike hard at Trent Bridge and will do very well to defend or extend their lead in the face of a fully fit Zaheer Kahn and Virender Sehwag. But, on a slightly different note, really good teams very rarely suffer from injuries. Think back to the Aussies and the Windies. Is it because their more committed? And maybe because winning is never quite as hard work as losing?

  • William. Galway, Ireland. on July 25, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Absolutely charming piece, showing how well English prose can be used with just a little care and attention.

  • Hugh on July 25, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    We (me and two young sons, each of them with a friend) travelled up and got to St John's Wood a touch after 10am. Already, there were stewards outside the station announcing that ground was full, so, after wandering around for a bit (and there were zillions of people still queueing) went off and had a nice enough day at the V and A, getting periodic texts from a friend each time a wicket fell. Got home in time to see the last three wickets fall and a great victory.

    Just wanted to say, the spectator you report as jumping the queue didn't do "what (he) had to do". He did what he wanted to do, namely serve his own selfish interest. He wasn't the only person to travel some distance to get there nor, I imagine, the only one whosse first visit it was. I deplore his conduct and attitude and regret that you chose to take up space reporting it. I wonder how much thought he gave to the person who missed out at the end of the queue because of him. For shame.

  • Jugal Bakshi on July 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    We know the outcome of Ist Test is not pleasant but yes,we did have a formidable opponent.Is there any reason that we cannot replace Harbhajan Singh.Basically we have two players in the team who are out of form and the second one is Dhoni.All said and done,one move on part of Suresh Raina when he took a single off Broad to expose P.Kumar to face the rest of the over was completely wrong.Did Rana forget that India was fighting to survive and not win?

  • Anon on July 25, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    I joined the queue at 10:30 and got in, as did probably 5,000 after me.

  • anas on July 25, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    it wasnt monday tht mattersbut it was england nd india......... nd also the final day at lords........

  • Ammar on July 25, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    didnt england win the ashes in 2005 ?

  • Carlisle Powell on July 25, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Absolutely riveting Test match. Who said Test cricket was dying?

  • Ahsan on July 25, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    India were outclassed in all departments of the game. They dropped few catches, ground fielding was also not up-to the mark specially in the 2nd innings also their batting failed & except Ishant 4th day !st session spell the weren't looked promising in the bowling department & also, England declared both their innings & India bowled out in theirs.

  • sundar on July 25, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    True, but they would have been disappointed like all of us to see Dravid, Dhoni dangling their bats out to score runs, when we needed to save the match.

  • Anil Kulkarni on July 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Hi

    The video Diary link in this article requires authentication so I believe the link is not correct.

    Thanks Anil.

  • Learn or Depart on July 25, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    ok..ok...lets talk about all the paraphernalia and lets forget about the result. Did actually India loose today by 196 runs? No 1 team in the world...as some claim lol.

  • Akhtar Zakaria on July 25, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    India have to face the reality that they win most of the Tests at home. They are not so good playing outside.

  • Barood on July 25, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I was on my way to Lord's not to see a game, but just visit the ground in 2007 during my first visit to London. No one could tell me which train to take or which tube station was closest to Lord's. As an Indian, it surprised me to see the sheer indifference of people I met at the birthplace of cricket. Happy to read this article!

  • brij on July 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Good cricket is all awalys appreciated and especially when top two teams are playing. Adding to this there was so much of hype and as it is India can watch Cricket and Saching 24x7. Common on India show you are made of this FRIDAY.

  • Alex on July 25, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    I really think that England should build some large capacity stadiums so that more people can come to watch live cricket. For example, football and rugby have large capacity stadiums in the U.K. about 80,000 seating capacity, and the largest cricket satdium in England is Lords with a capacity of only 28,000. So I wonder why can't the ECB built high capacity stadiums? Atleast like 50,000 capacity would be good for a cricket ground.

  • Raj on July 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Good days of Test Cricket are back I guess!!

  • Anirban Nag on July 25, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    why india can't defend for 124 overs? being no. 1..

  • Shantanu Rastogi on July 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I think prospect and resultant pride of beating no 1 test side which incidently is also 50 overs world champion is what brings people to ground. By the way ESPN has to relook at its Marketing strategy. The ad featuring Andrew Peter - who says so what if India won the cup they couldnt beat Englih team - has Indian fan saying Sachin, Sehwag & Gambhir would shut likes of Andrew Peter up. Now Sehwag isnt playing and both Gambhir & Tendulkar have flopped in the Lords test. I think cricket is agreat leveller.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 25, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Did you see that guys? Lords fifth day. Don't ever call Sachin the 'Greatest'; simply he is not.

  • basab ray on July 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    nice post. As ever Bal's like.

  • basab ray on July 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    nice post. As ever Bal's like.

  • Jignesh on July 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    All Indian cricketers must play domestic cricket, especially, ahead of the big series like against stronger team like England and South Africa.

  • Madhusudhan on July 25, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    C'mon Mohali crowd read this... u people did no go and watch the classic india-aus match neither u cheered for Sachin when he made a world record empty stands empty minds... Test cricket is for those who belive :There are no short cuts in life'

  • Arun George on July 25, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Glad that Test cricket is back on payroll. Thanks for writing, loved reading this piece

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  • Arun George on July 25, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Glad that Test cricket is back on payroll. Thanks for writing, loved reading this piece

  • Madhusudhan on July 25, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    C'mon Mohali crowd read this... u people did no go and watch the classic india-aus match neither u cheered for Sachin when he made a world record empty stands empty minds... Test cricket is for those who belive :There are no short cuts in life'

  • Jignesh on July 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    All Indian cricketers must play domestic cricket, especially, ahead of the big series like against stronger team like England and South Africa.

  • basab ray on July 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    nice post. As ever Bal's like.

  • basab ray on July 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    nice post. As ever Bal's like.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 25, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Did you see that guys? Lords fifth day. Don't ever call Sachin the 'Greatest'; simply he is not.

  • Shantanu Rastogi on July 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I think prospect and resultant pride of beating no 1 test side which incidently is also 50 overs world champion is what brings people to ground. By the way ESPN has to relook at its Marketing strategy. The ad featuring Andrew Peter - who says so what if India won the cup they couldnt beat Englih team - has Indian fan saying Sachin, Sehwag & Gambhir would shut likes of Andrew Peter up. Now Sehwag isnt playing and both Gambhir & Tendulkar have flopped in the Lords test. I think cricket is agreat leveller.

  • Anirban Nag on July 25, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    why india can't defend for 124 overs? being no. 1..

  • Raj on July 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Good days of Test Cricket are back I guess!!

  • Alex on July 25, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    I really think that England should build some large capacity stadiums so that more people can come to watch live cricket. For example, football and rugby have large capacity stadiums in the U.K. about 80,000 seating capacity, and the largest cricket satdium in England is Lords with a capacity of only 28,000. So I wonder why can't the ECB built high capacity stadiums? Atleast like 50,000 capacity would be good for a cricket ground.