English eyes smile for Swann
Looking around the room during Graeme Swann's press conference, it was noticeable how many journalists were watching and listening to him with interested smiles on their faces.
The English reporters were certainly pleased with the way day two of the first Test went for England against India in Chennai, but at that moment those smiles were definitely generated by Swann.
He is an eminently likeable and amusing character, sincere and generous hearted, yet never far away from a joke.
You couldn't help but feel pleased for him, having taken two wickets in his first over of Test cricket.
And after believing he was the first player ever to do so, Swann was endearingly disappointed to learn that Richard Johnson had done it on debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 - although he was quick to quip that 'as it was Johnno, it was all right '.
I come from Swann's home county, Northants, and I've known him for a few years now. I had watched and reported on him before I first met him personally in the living room of a mutual friend where he was trying to learn the guitar.
I showed him a few chords and he sang along to a verse or two of Wonderwall by Oasis.
He remained as friendly and down to earth as he was that day, even after the move to Nottinghamshire (which he describes as "the best thing ever to happen to me") and now playing for England.
When Swann first got news of his selection for the first Test, he said his dad would be ecstatic. It was a pointed remark because his father, a former player himself, has been a constant source of encouragement in both of his sons' cricket careers - the elder Swann brother, Alec, played for both Northants and Lancashire.
Ray Swann is a teacher so one can only hope he hadn't left for school before his youngest son's dream opening over began. He and wife Mavis were glued to the TV in their Towcester home from 0400 on the first day of the match.
Swann's first experience of a senior England cricket tour was in South Africa under Duncan Fletcher back in 1999/2000 when he was a 19-year-old who had still to mature either as a person or a player.
He made his one-day debut but didn't ingratiate himself with the coach by famously missing the team bus. With 15 ODIs and a Test debut, he'll continue to use two mobile phone alarms to wake himself up every morning.
As a spinner there can be no better place to make your Test debut than India, particularly on a wicket such as this in Chennai which will turn even more as the match goes on.
It is too early to judge how far Swann's career will go in terms of challenging for the spinner's spot back home in less friendly conditions or indeed abroad in South Africa, West Indies or Australia, but whatever happens be sure he will enjoy the ride, and all cricket fans should enjoy it with him.