Rains over Anticipation on day1 in 2nd Test.
2 years ago
Anticipation, buildup, excitement were all flushed down the drain as the first day of the second test between India and England was washed out even without the toss.
After a thrilling start to the unusual English summer in Edgbaston, where the hosts pulled out victory from the jaws of defeat and the visitors nearly tasted a historic victory, the next game was scheduled to take place at the home of cricket, Lord's.
The cold wind and the rains went missing right from the start of this unusual English summer. They were replaced by a summer very similar to that in India until the first day of the second test at London, where it rained and rained and rained some more. Not only the first day's play was washed off but also the various strategies which were made in both the camps must have gone for a toss. The idea of bringing in an extra spinner or to bat first after winning the toss must have been reconsidered as the rain never allowed play.
The helpless cricket fans watched and prayed the clowds to go away but to no avail. Sachin Tendulkar, the epitome of Indian batting was also present at the stadium as he was called to do the honors of ringing the bell at Lord's. Everyone including him waited and waited but the rain gods had other plans. The first day ended without a single delivery being bowled and the fans praying for no more rain in the subsequent days.
Fresh buildup, excitement and anticipation will have to be accompanied by hope as the visitors look forward to leveling the series at a ground that has been kind to the Asian teams.