London: The India bandwagon has rolled into town and it has brought with it a familiar face. Duncan Fletcher left the England coaching job after the 2007 World Cup, which began a turbulent time for the team, and now returns to try and plot their downfall and sustain India's grip on the No. 1 ranking in Tests.
The manner in which Fletcher departed the England role - following a 0-5 Ashes whitewash and a dire World Cup - left behind poor memories of a successful period in which the team regained the Ashes in 2005 and became a major Test, although not one-day, force. The Fletcher that returns in 2011 doesn't appear to have changed much; he still wears the dark glasses, still doesn't smile much and still doesn't give much away.
But his challenge is quite different. With England, his job involved coaching a team building towards an ultimate aim and, despite the 2005 Ashes success, they never quite fulfilled what their talent promised. Now, he is in charge of the World Cup holders and the top-ranked Test side. It is possible to suggest the only way from here is down, and failure is not tolerated easily in Indian cricket.