England impress as India set new world order
The wrong choice of venue prevented the cricket fan from experiencing five full days of play and it also decreased the chances of a result considerably.
Perhaps the choice was dictated by the prevailing circumstances in the country but it robbed the viewers of what could have been an exciting finish.
At Mohali, or for that matter at any place in the North of India, fog plays a major role in dictating the outcome.
This was the case in the second Test too because the game never began on time and finished without finishing the stipulated number of overs for the day, thanks to some quickly fading light in the evening.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. It was indeed a good batting surface but overcast conditions might have forced Dhoni to have second thoughts about the decision.
If it didn't, Sehwag's early dismissal certainly would have. With an out-of-form Rahul Dravid batting at three, it could easily have been a different story.
But Dravid found some form at just the right moment and brought up a well-deserved century in testing conditions both on and off the field.
On the field the English bowling have shown a lot of depth and variety, enough to make the batsmen work hard for their runs; and off the field there was the intense media scrutiny over the career of Dravid and he responded in the only way he knows - by scoring runs.
Gautam Gambhir, along with Dravid, ensured India reached to a strong position. Gautam has matured as a batsman and scoring 1000 Test runs in 2008 underlines his consistency.
The English bowling has impressed me a great deal as they've managed to ask more questions in two Test matches than the Australian team did in the previous four.
In Graeme Swann they have unearthed a good off-spinner and if Monty Panesar can find form, who I think needs to add variety in terms of bowling speed to be more effective, they can be a very competent spin duo to complement their already more than decent fast bowling attack.
Once India posted 453 runs in the first innings, taking into account the number of overs lost everyday, only two results seemed likely: another win for India or a draw.
England, to their credit, pursued the game and with some very aggressive batting, the Test began to come to life again. But despite Pietersen's blistering century, which deserves a special mention as it was a display of high-class aggressive batting, England still ended up conceding a huge first innings lead.
India lost early wickets and couldn't drive home the advantage. They chose caution over aggression and decided to shut shop.
There was a fair amount of criticism in the media about India's approach but, considering that India were already 1-0 up in the series and it was the last Test match of what has been a very long and demanding season, one could understand and even somewhat sympathise with their decision.
The Indian team has gone from strength to strength in the year 2008, where they started with their tour to Australia and finished the year on a bright note, beating both Australia and England to maintain the impeccable record at home.
After seeing the English team bowl on lifeless Indian wickets and bat against quality spin, I can see the gap bridging between the top Test teams in the world.
Australia can no longer take their numero uno position for granted as there are some serious contenders to challenge their supremacy.
Australia, India, South Africa and England form the elite group and we are assured some exciting Test cricket whenever these four are involved against each other.
I'm eagerly looking forward to the Ashes contest this summer.