'The mighty Aussies are coming'
It was 2001 and the Australian team was arriving in India. The papers spent most of their newsprint debating if there were enough baked beans for Warnie this time around, Ganguly's alleged temple wedding with Nagma and of course whether the Indian team under recently appointed foreign coach John Wright, could put up a fight against the 15-consecutive-Test-winning Oz team.
I was a student at St Xaxier's College in Mumbai then, and my annual exams were just about coinciding with the 1st Test that was to be played in the city. Given that all my friends were too busy burying themselves in books, I bought myself a season pass for the Guest Stand at the Wankhede and decided that I'd just have to head to the cricket alone. There was no way that I was going to miss this encounter.
At a glance, the scorecard of the Mumbai Test shows that India were sent packing in just three days. What it doesn't show is the level of excitement, the competitiveness and all