Optimism is high in the England camp ahead of their Twenty20 match against India in Kolkata next month.
English captain Stuart Broad, who tore a muscle in his shoulder in the fourth test match against India at Lords earlier this month, was initially ruled out of contention. ‘It’s going to be okay’ he told Sky Sports News, under renewed hope that his two-month injury would make him fit for play come October 29th.
England, who have just climbed the world rankings to the top spot after a sensational season of test cricket, have a lot to be buoyant about, in spite of their skipper’s absence. The only blip in recent months came with Sunday’s defeat at the hands of the West Indies in which temporary skipper Graeme Swann defended: ‘it must be the pressure’.
There might be some truth in that as England brace for a tough month ahead against India who will be out for retribution after a string of defeats against their old rivals. Broad is not overly concerned, however, and remains positive about the coming month, saying ‘there are lessons to be learned but the lads will be stronger for that’.