Raina might still be the nearly man when it comes to Test cricket, but in the limited-overs game, he is in a league of his own. He has often lived under the towering shadows of the top-order batsmen, quietly doing his job at No. 5 or No. 6.
HPCA is expecting more than 8,000 spectators to arrive for the match from outside the hill state. Representatives of the hospitality industry say most of the spectators have been enquiring about the nearby destinations from where they can see the mountains.
Wednesday will mark Yuvraj's first international appearance at the PCA Stadium since the semifinal of the World Cup against Pakistan, on March 30, 2011.
The return of the quintessential small-town boy to his roots for his first professional engagement is a fairytale script, and Dhoni is looking forward to it.
Meaker opted out of taking a dip and an eyewitness has been quoted as saying that the 'reptile was hardly as big as Meaker described it to be!'
Amongst the more stark reminders of India's fall since the heady days when the team was ranked No. 1 in Test cricket and had just won the 2011 World Cup is the decline in form and fortunes of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, among India's most successful opening pairs ever.
The 23-year-old was detained by Bangalore police for questioning in 2009 in connection with suspected presence of explosives at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and was later given clean chit. Recently, he was picked for India 'A' squad to play against England. Talk of comebacks!
It has been a year that Indian cricket fans would largely want to forget. Greats retired and defeats came frequently. There were some amazing performances and comebacks too but overall, 2013 would be seen with eager anticipation.
Why and how cricket analysis was one of the high points of the series between India and England.
Former India captain says the selection committee chairman or someone very responsible may have a quiet word with Sachin Tendulkar to find out his future plans. If he wants to be a part of the tours to South Africa and England in 2013-14, then he should be allowed to have his way.
Except that both the winning English skipper were left-handed batsman, there are hardly any similarity between the two series wins.
Maybe, the eight overseas losses didn't hurt the Indian players enough that they chose to treat their English guests very lightly, and the result is for all to see.
Usually, even the most profound statements and claims are forgotten with passing time. The India vs England series has many and here is a recap of the more important ones.
For Team India, it will be heartening to see the players perform to levels expected of them but England will be holding on to hope with a solid low-order comeback on Day 2 and then much superior bowlers or rather bowlers in form thereafter. Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed to turn up on field after long while Kevin Pietersen was in prime form yet again....
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly says there's too much on Dhoni's plate. He is leading the team, keeping wickets and batting in all three formats as well as in the IPL. Ganguly says if we don't reduce the burden on Dhoni, we might lose him as a player.
What the public can hope for is some top quality cricket between a team known to be lethal in home conditions and a team that has the capability to take on the world's best anytime. With so much at stake, one expects an intense battle. So sit back and watch Nagpur become the stage for an exciting contest.
One almost gets the sense that the overriding sentiment the Indian team has provoked in recent times is not outrage. It's apathy. The Indian fans could try to care but they're not sure it's worth the bother.
Dhoni has been leading the Test side for four years now. Some, like Ian Chappell, think that's the shelf life for any leader, that you become stale afterwards. But the yardstick for judgment should be the results produced by the captain, not how long he's been in charge.