Chennai Test provides lift for India
The train journey north from the venue of the first Test in Chennai to Chandigarh always promised to be a long, long trip but, after England's last-day defeat it provided time for contemplation of the mixed emotions stirred by India's incredible win.
With my faded England polo shirt on I was gutted that the team had thrown away an opportunity to achieve arguably their most surprising away Test victory since Graham Gooch's men beat the mighty West Indies in Jamaica in 1990.
But with my Indian travelling flip-flops and cricket lover's hat on, it was a pleasure and a privilege to have witnessed a game that had everything that a Test could contain and, coming when it did, providing a small but timely fillip to the whole of India.
Before the match, talk of the presidential levels of security surrounding the game was the main topic for most travelling fans and it was with a certain amount of trepidation that we approached the ground on the first morning.
We needn't have worried though as the checking of tickets, searching of belongings, frisking of supporters and storing of bags was thorough and even handed and thankfully without some of the utterly ridiculous and inconsistent rules employed at other Indian Test and one-day international venues.
With an excellent view, and a cracking array of South Indian delicacies inside and outside the ground, the 200 rupees (£2.75) a day invested by the England fans determined to come out to India and support the team provided fantastic value even before the Test match itself had begun.
Virender Sehwag's knock on day four was brilliant but it will be the final day that will live longest in the memory of those there.
As the day progressed, and each run required by India was chalked off, the stands steadily and surely filled up - and the decibel level emanating from all corners of the ground increased.
By the time Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh embarked on their match-winning partnership there was little point attempting to talk to anyone other than the person next to you and the level of noise was cranked up even further as India approached their target with Tendulkar 90-odd not out.
By that stage, both the Indian majority and small England minority of about 150 fans, were urging him on towards his 41st Test hundred.
When the Little Master was on strike in the 90s there was an ear-splitting roar of anticipation before each ball but when Yuvraj faced the bowling, he was implored not to score a boundary and deny his partner the chance to reach three figures.
The fact that the sweep for four not only brought up his century but also sealed India's historic victory was almost too much for the stadium itself and much of the concrete seating was noticably shaking and vibrating as pandemonium ensued.
Later, as the Tamil Nadu Express trundled northwards from Chennai to Delhi those of us perched in Sleeper Class had a chance to chew over the 'forgotten' aspects of the Test.
Andrew Strauss's two centuries, Graeme Swann's two wickets in his first Test over and Paul Collingwood's fighting century (does he score any other type?), KP's double failure with the bat, Monty's bowling, Steve Harmison's inability to perform in Tests away from England and the West Indies and whether or not Ian Bell uses hair straighteners were all discussed at length to help pass the time.
No, I'm not making that last subject up - 34 hours is an awfully long time on a train!