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By Arunabha Sengupata
Jul 9, 2014
A few minutes earlier there were a ridiculous number of people inside the playing area, every commentator and official with access to the pitch had galloped in. For the last hour or so, the ground did resemble a festival venue with more people in the field than in the stands.
As the match is about to start, the sun shines brightly. There is no rain in the offing, and none have been forecast for the day. The clouds have shedall the moisture during the night, perhaps as tears for the humiliation of Brazil.
And with the sun beating down, on that dry surface with a thin layer of brown grass, MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat. The weather is not supposed to stay so clement all through. Rain is forecast in the morning of the morrow as well as the early afternoon. It seems excellent opportunity for the Indians to bat in the most favourable conditions. In other words a fortuitous toss to win.
Yet, Test cricket is fascinating because of the vagaries that it offers to defeat idle and knowledgeable prediction alike. It remains to be seen if there is some hidden devilry in the wicket that can upset the happy fate and scrupulous calculations.
(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry.He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/senantix)
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