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Ebony Rainford-Brent Ebony Rainford-Brent | 09:00 UK time, Thursday, 18 March 2010

We've been back from home from India for a few days now - it's always nice after a tour to have a cup of tea and sit with your feet up on your sofa.

I might have to do quite a bit of that because I picked up an ankle injury stepping on a ball in training before we left for India. It hasn't settled, so I'm going to be wearing a special walking boot for two to three weeks - I'm not sure it will look good with skinny jeans!

That's the nature of sport, and it will now be in the selectors' hands as to whether I'm picked for the ICC World Twenty20.

Looking back, it was great when we managed to hold on in the final game and win the T20 series 2-1. It was very important for us to come back after losing the one-day series and we showed great character and strength as a team.

I think both sides have players to look out for in the future.

For India, I think Harman Kaur bats with a lot of freedom. I watched her play against Australia at the World Cup last year and thought then that she was one to keep an eye on and the 84 she scored against us in the final ODI showed she is capable of pacing an aggressive innings.

I also think Gouher Sultana is a great left-arm orthodox spinner, she has lots of subtle variations and the ability to pick up wickets.

On our side, as I mentioned in a previous blog, youngsters Danielle Hazell, Danielle Wyatt and Heather Knight were all on their first tour and showed the ability to perform at this level. They have many years ahead of them playing for England and I believe they will continue to do well.

A personal highlight of the tour came when we stayed at the stunning Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai. It had a fantastic pool area where some of the girls tried to catch some rays, but I realised just how top-notch the hotel was when I found out Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni were staying there.

Alec Stewart and Sachin Tendulkar, England v India 2002Alec Stewart and Sachin Tendulkar are Ebony's two favourite cricketers - photo: Getty

As soon as we heard Tendulkar was in the restaurant, four of us ran straight there and sat and drank tea until he was able to come over and talk to us. He had just scored a record 200 in a one-dayer against South Africa and we were totally in awe - some of us couldn't say much and just beamed from ear to ear.

I'm often asked who my cricketing idols are and I would have to say Tendulkar, along with Alec Stewart, are top of my list, so it was very special to meet him in person.

His record is amazing and speaks for itself; to have played 442 ODIs with an average of 45 - and 166 Tests - and still have the energy to break records shows why he is one of the greatest legends of the game.

Apart from meeting Sachin, we did manage do get a bit of shopping in at a mall in central Mumbai, where I picked up a few Indian tops and some nice pashminas to take home. The traffic was crazy, even worse than London, but the buzz of the city made me want to go back and see even more of it.

We also got to celebrate International Women's Day at the ground after the final game, which I really enjoyed. We were greeted in the traditional Indian way with flowers around our necks. I also got a handmade bangle, some mehndi on my hands (like henna tattoos) and had my palm read - it was a really nice way to finish off the tour.

Now it's back to the day job - I'm missing the sunshine already!


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