Indian Heat Too Hot to Handle for the English Boys?

Rohini IyerSenior Writer INovember 17, 2008

After the success against the Australians in the five match Border-Gavaskar test series, the Indian Cricket team is giving its fans more and more reasons to smile. With back to back victories against the touring English team, India seems to have taken a psychological advantage.

And the man who is wrecking havoc is none other than Yuvraj singh: "The Yuvraj Singh!" the one who destroyed Stuart Broad in the T20 world cup by hitting six smashing sixes. Oh! isn't the alliteration good?

Although the other Indian cricketers have chipped in, Yuvi seems to be thriving against them. From scoring back to back centuries he has till now amassed over thousand runs against the pioneers of the game.

England on the other hand, had come to this series with a swashbuckling 4-0 round up of the Proteas and under their new captain seemed to be really doing well; but the 158 run crushing defeat in the opening match was totally out of the blue.

Though in the second ODI, they did well to remove early wickets courtesy "Stuart Broad" a fine 100 run partnership between Gambhir and Yuvraj and the late 29 bowl 50 by Yousuf Pathan saw india post a respectable score and defend it with aplomb.

This series sees two outstanding players and captains fighting it out for the very first time. Kevin Pieterson and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Both of them have been handled the captaincy mantle after a very turbulent affair and their respective predecessors quitting the top job unable to handle the pressure.

Both of them have the so called X-factor and lead their team from the front and by example. Till now, however it seems to Mahi who is ruling the roost and Pieterson being very quiet.

Though the series is still open with five more matches left in the fray, it will be very difficult although not impossible for the Englishmen to rebounce back. It will nevertheless take a monumental affair to do so, considering the fire that the Indians are right now breathing.

As the next match gets underway on the 20th of November, there appears to be a lot of spice involved. Will it be a lull before the storm for the Men in Blue or has a tsunami already struck KP's boys?