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Lord’s diagnosis: old legs, official hauteur bode ill for the future

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Miles and miles of queues did Indian fans form at the gates of the Lord’s cricket ground on Monday morning—the last day of the 2000th Test match. Some of them drove hours to reach London, and some started queueing up at 4.30 am to buy tickets. Never had such a massive crowd turned up on People’s Monday—so called because all tickets can be bought at the counters at a cheaper rate, except those held by members. But this Monday was certainly not made for people of Indian origin. They didn’t get satisfaction, and eventually went home wearing long faces and grimaces as their team got a drubbing.

The Lord’s match doesn’t portend much good for Indian cricket. The team’s golden bats, who powered the team to No. 1 in Tests, are in the autumn of their careers. Their best bowler, his career riddled by injuries, going to be 33 years old soon, is hobbled again. Their cricket board, the moneybags of the world sport, gives them just one practice game to prepare for their toughest challenges, England and...

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