ENGLAND batsman Jonathan Trott said that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s dismissal could well turn out to be the "game-changer” in the series.
Dhoni was out on 99 as he fell short of the crease with a direct throw from England captain Alastair Cook hitting the stumps.
"Dhoni runs very quickly between the wickets, so that makes Alastair’s effort that much better.
"Going to his right and throwing down the stumps with the momentum taking him the other way. It’s one of those things, a catalyst for changing the game or even a series changer. Hopefully it can be a game changer for us and hopefully help us win the game,” Trott said.
He said that the way Dhoni and Virat Kohli batted with purpose, it made life hard for thevisitors.
"Their basics were really good. Their game-plan worked out and now it’s a case for us to go out and do the same and put up a big score on the board.
"It’s (run out) changed the match massively. It’s a credit to the guys for sticking out for five hours and not getting a wicket and then coming back to the game and evening things out.
It’s still pretty neck and neck.
Though the pitch has drawn some flak for its slow nature, Trott felt it was a good wicket.
"It is (a good pitch for Test cricket).
We saw at the end of the day with new batters coming in it’s quite tricky to get started and we got a few new batters in and got them out. So it’s not completely flat. We have to apply ourselves like Dhoni and Kohli did.”
"We went five hours without a wicket and then got four wickets, which is what happened. So it’s great advertisement for the game and tells you how quickly the game changes.”
"It also tells us that when we bat, we have to bat well for three sessions and not two-and-a-half. Hopefully we can do that on the fourth day.”