LONDON: The famous mood swings of the London sky have been on display over the last three days – just that the one on Thursday cost us a day of a Test match. The clear blue of Wednesday turned into a bleak grey on Thursday morning and what started off as a light drizzle turned into a strong shower later in the afternoon to pour cold water on whatever chances there were of the second Test match between India and England starting off.
The London weather department, though, has brighter predictions in store for the next three days. In fact, an hour after the game was called off for the day, the sun peeped through the clouds for the first time. If the weathermen are right, the game should start on time on Friday and it’s only on Monday again that there are chances of rain.
But Thursday’s rain might just have altered the dynamics of this Test match. There were strong suggestions on Wednesday that both the teams might mull the option of playing a second spinner, but now it looks a far cry. There is bound to be moisture in the track when play resumes on Friday and it’s most unlikely that Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav will get a look-in. “The weather will be conducive for swing bowling and I don’t think the second spinner will be an option,” former India offie Harbhajan Singh, who is doing commentary for Sky Sports, told TOI.
The fact that it would be difficult to start the proceedings on Thursday was evident pretty early on, but about 10k fans stayed on till late afternoon – probably more in hope than conviction. The final decision came just after tea as umpires Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus decided to call it off.