In the last three Tests on Indian soil - all drawn - 4,577 runs have been scored while 81 wickets have fallen. From the statistics alone it is clear that the playing surface is something Indian cricket is getting very wrong. The demand for results in this day and age is almost as strident as it is for entertaining cricket in all forms of the game.
It s possible to produce irresistible cricket as Virender Sehwag did in his innings of 319 on the flattest deck at Chepauk. Even then, the clamour for a result could be seen in the eloquent silence in which most of the rest of the Test match was viewed by what is avowedly the most sporting crowd in the country, which applauds every