The mood was reflective of the position they found themselves in. The Indian team knows it will be facing England in the fourth Test here with its back to the wall.
They strolled into the nets one by one the afternoon and practiced for twoand a- half- hours after the England team. Virat Kohli, who has been in woeful form, was the first one to bat at the nets to fine tune his batting.
Sachin Tendulkar, who has been under scrutiny for some time, spent a long duration in the middle. The Vidarbha Cricket Association ( VCA) stadium has been a good hunting ground for him with two tons in three Tests. He made in the first innings at the Eden Gardens but was far from convincing. It has made matters difficult that both bowling and batting have not clicked for India.
England, on the other hand, learned from their mistakes in the Ahmedabad Test and simply outplayed India at home.
“They are still in with a chance to square the series but they will have to be very positive about it throughout.
They will have to attack. They are a better team than what the result shows,” former India captain Ajit Wadekar told MAIL TODAY . The selectors have already made changes in the squad and the combination for the fourth Test starting here on Thursday is something that will need serious brainstorming by the team management.
“They have done the right thing by bringing in a leg spinner ( Piyush Chawla). You need variety. I think they should go with three spinners. The Nagpur wicket will be probably slow and it will take spin,” said Wadekar, who captained India to overseas wins in the West Indies and England in 1971.
A lot has been spoken about India’s ineffectiveness against Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar who have extracted more from the pitches in contrast to the Indian spinners.
England came thoroughly prepared, and the series loss against Pakistan in Dubai had given them a wake- up call.
“We were confident that since Pakistan had beaten them they will lose here too. But they have come wellprepared.They practiced in Dubai before the series. We did not have definite plans and also our plans were not implemented properly,” Wadekar said.