Kolkata’s favourite son-in-law returns


For Susan, returning to Kolkata after a gap of four years is a bit shocking. "I didn't see a cow on our way from the airport. The high rises have replaced the slums. Some old flavours, however, are still there, some buildings from the days of the Raj," she says. They came here in 2008 as Susan wanted to celebrate the golden jubilee of their marriage.

Talking cricket

Dexter moves on to the cricket. "I am very impressed with Pujara. One of the most correct players I have seen for a long, long time," said the former England captain. He had words of praise for Virat Kohli as well but advised "that wonderful stroke-player" to be a little more patient while playing in the longer format.

He is also happy that England have started to bounce back after what he calls a very bad year. "But it would be too premature to say that England have mastered the Indian conditions. I also don't buy the theory that England spinners are better than their Indian counterparts. In fact, in Mumbai, England won thanks to the two fantastic innings by Cook and Kevin Pietersen. Cook has been magnificent in this series and Pietersen played a real match-winning knock in the second Test. However, we still have a long way to go to win the series," Dexter says, putting the balance of this series in perspective.

For someone who has scored 4,502 runs in 62 Tests at 47.89, batting is about taking the attack to the opposition. But that is after getting your eyes in. He likes Virender Sehwag but admires Sachin Tendulkar and Hashim Amla. Don Bradman, however, towers above the rest. "No one can ever be compared to Bradman and even a school child knows that."

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