Kolkata: The series is poised evenly at one all. And it could now go either way with two matches still to be played. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Indian contingent will have to reassess things to bring them back on track in the Kolkata game beginning on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the English team, which is on a high after crash-landing Indians on their home turf-way in the second Test Match in Mumbai, would be looking forward to keep strict vigil in each department of the game focusing on ‘how to play spin in a better way?’ than any of the others. The English players had failed to meet the ball with the bat in the Motera game which led them to a shameful defeat. Not losing out on confidence, they came back strongly and pelted heavy blows on India’s wreaking pace bowling attack but not too much against the turners.
Interestingly, the Indian spinners showed that their experiences of playing at home during the Ranji Trophy seasons and earlier haven’t been shadowed and they can cash in big time in any of the game’s format including Tests, ODIs or even be it the T20s.
With the last two matches opening up quite well, both the teams are looking forward to fill the potholes that were left open.
The Indians will first have to sort out the ‘Gautam Gambhir’ problem of edging them early towards the slips opening the blade. Gambhir has not been in the best of the touches in the tornament so far. Meanwhile, we don’t have too much to write on India’s batting paceman Virender Sehwag who would not be resounding to the critics and not even to the admirers, he would listen to just what he says.
England, on the other hand have the upper hand with their opening pair.
Anticipation is on the rise for the match at the ‘Mecca of Indian Cricket’ and it will be major battle to win for both the teams.
India at the moment looks vulnerable and their ploy of out-playing India using the home conditions proved to be an ineffective exercise. It has been tagged as the retribution series for India but then hardly did things go India's way in the last match.
Even England start as favorites in the match, India will enter the match on a confident note considering their past record here at the Eden Gardens.
Till now India has played 37 test matches at the venue, they have won 10 matches, lost 8 and have drawn 19 matches.
The record does not look that impressive, but the things that will bring a smile to the face of an Indian fan is the fact that the last Test that India lost in Kolkata was way back in 1999. Indian spectators will remember the Test match by the incident involving Shoaib Akhtar coming in the way of Sachin Tendulkar resulting in his run-out.
So, it has been almost 13 years that India has lost a Test match at the Eden Gardens. From that match till now, India have played nine matches at the venue and have won six matches and drawn three. India have beaten the best teams at the venue like Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.
India can draw inspiration from this and look to pound their opponent and take a 2-1 lead in the four match Test series.