On Thursday in a new concrete bowl 25km outside of Pune a motley collection of young English cricketers, under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, take on a much more experienced India team still smarting from their Test-series defeat. This may have passed you by.
There is the obvious problem that the two Twenty20 fixtures between India and England have an "after the Lord Mayor's Show" feel to them. A great chunk of the English press corps have disappeared; so have most of the fans, so too most of England's Test heroes. One assumes they are all singing carols now.
The only player who participated in Nagpur likely to be on parade is Tim Bresnan, who will be hoping to increase his tally of runs and wickets (he did not get any of either in the final Test).
Yet there is an odd fascination for those staying on for these two fixtures. For a start there may be 50,000 spectators trekking out to this new arena. So the match should provide quite an experience for some of England's young players.
The stadium is briefly reminiscent of the Rose Bowl in Southampton: neatly symmetrical, up in the hills and out of town, with dodgy communications. It is still getting established. Indeed some of the media facilities were still being built on Wednesday. The cement between the breeze blocks could still take a fingerprint; you could still smell the new paint and the freshly applied silicone sealant at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Moreover, there is an air of David and Goliath about this fixture (to snatch at a more optimistic parallel than lions and Christians). India have most of their big guns present in Pune: MS Dhoni, totally noncommittal about all the talk of a split captaincy for Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh are all here and eager to restore a bit of credibility after their trouncing in the Test series.
What is more, Pakistan are arriving for a one-day series next week. It is a tad disappointing for the locals to lose to England, but to lose to Pakistan is a serious matter. Defeat then really does tend to get the knives – and the matches – out.
India should prevail against England's amalgam of Test rejects, the odd T20 specialist – Luke Wright has flown in from Melbourne – and aspiring young players. But there comes a nasty pressure with that expectation.
Morgan is about to captain England for the second time – the first occasion was against Ireland after England's Ashes victory in 2009. If there is a Lord Mayor's Show to be followed then Captain Morgan is obviously the ECB's man.
"I think I'll have quite a relaxed approach," he said. So relaxed in fact that when he was asked who would be keeping wicket for England he could not say for sure (the assumption is that it will be Jonny Bairstow but it could be Jos Buttler). "It's a great opportunity to play against the best in the world in their own backyard. It's quite a challenge but we are looking forward to it."
Would his young charges be overawed by the prospect? "I think the biggest tip I got, before I played in front of such big crowds, was: 'Just back yourself.' Nothing changes around you. The ball still remains the same size; the field's the same size, and they only field with 11. 'Keep things simple' would be my message to the guys." Understandably he is taking the pressure off his men in any way he can, a luxury not so easily afforded India.
Moreover, if one or two of England's young players have two magnificent games the IPL scouts might well sit up, take notice and reach for their chequebooks. Dhoni, eager not to downplay the threat of the opponents, explained the current paucity of England players in the Indian Premier League. "The English team have fantastic talent. I think it's just the number of days they are available. If they were available for the full 45 or 50 days, I could see them coming to the IPL."
As ever, the rules do not apply to Kevin Pietersen. "He is a really different batsman," said Dhoni, "who can be really aggressive and for him the grounds are not big enough in India. He's a special player. But you have to be that special for a franchise to think 'Let's bank on this player' when he's only available for a few games." To Dhoni's relief, he is not available in Pune.
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