By: Sandipan Bose
There was no Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI and Cheteshwar Pujara was out in the morning session on Day Three of the fourth Test against England in Mumbai. Still India’s Test captain Virat Kohli and his teammate Murali Vijay didn’t allow pressure to get the better of them.
The duo kept attacking the England bowlers by playing their natural strokes. Even toe-crushing yorkers from James Anderson couldn’t rattle the Indians. Their concentration was intense and so was their application on the field. They stay right behind the ball and don’t spare loose bowling.
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In fact, it was a perfect display of how to keep the intensity intact all throughout the game. Inexperienced Karun Nair, in form Parthiv Patel and the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav were next to follow, still the Kohli-Vijay pair was fearless in their approach.
Perhaps, this is the element of Kohli’s team, which separates the men from the boys. It’s true that India have the habit of exhibiting their best of skill at home and, usually, lose all the edge over the opposition outside India.
But this team has shown some good temperament and looking to display the same awe-inspiring shows away from home. Whether they can do it or not isn’t worth talking right now. Because India are on song and eyeing to pocket the five-match Test series in style.