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Introduction

If every nation was half as crazy about cricket as India, surely football would no longer be the world's biggest sport.

Huge, noisy crowds greet virtually every game of cricket - let alone the international fixtures.

Spectators cram into grounds - and if they can't get in they balance precariously on roofs, tree branches or any other vantage point available.

In the normal scheme of things, wickets are true and easy for batting - though not quite as slow or as unhelpful to bowlers as those in neighbouring Pakistan.

When the batsmen are under pressure, it is usually the spinners who are applying it. This is why India often produce more slow bowlers than spinners and consequently they can struggle when they play away from home.

Some of cricket's most memorable matches have been played in India. In early 2001 the home side produced one of the greatest comebacks of all time at Calcutta to beat the mighty Australia - ultimately winning the series 2-1, despite being trounced in the first Test.

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