20 October, 2020

Quiet Indian Summer

Football and a smug English press drown out Azhar's boys

Quiet Indian Summer
NO spaces, Full." Well before the start of the Indian cricket team's first match of the tour at Worcester, an impatient car park attendant was already turning away cars with these words. When I showed him my media pass, he explained: "We have 15 media places, but they've all gone. Never seen anything like it."

A full car park is a compliment normally reserved for the mighty Australians. Especially since this was a Wednesday and not a particularly brilliant day—sunny but cold, a day for three sweaters and brandy in thermos flasks. Earlier, Indian tours would start without causing so much as a ripple. Have things changed? Perhaps not much.

Worcester in the English Midlands—the scenic drive from London takes you over hill and dale and early blossoming summer flower to one of the most beautiful grounds in the country—always kicks off the touring season. The moment is always associated, in English minds, with Bradman plundering hundreds of runs—and the full car park is probably just a sign of nostalgia and habit. For, the Indians have yet to make any impression...



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