After a drubbing at Headingley, team India have a point to prove in the series. Often being termed as home track bullies, the team has started to shape up as formidable travellers. However, they won’t be able to thump their authority as the best team in the world until they get past the final frontier – England.
India took an early lead in the series but the hosts bounce back to put Virat Kohli-led India into shambles. The fourth Test will be played at the Oval, today, September 1 and India coach Ravi Shastri believes the hosts will be under pressure to perform.
“If anyone thinks that this Indian team is going to back off, they have another thing coming because at 1-1, we are playing overseas, the pressure is on England. They have to win in their own country. We have done what we had to do with them in India. So, the ball is in their court and we will fight, there’s no question about it,” Shastri said on Times Now Navbharat.
India picked up an emphatic win at Lords. The hosts dominated the game for most part of the match but the visitors stormed to a win on Day 5. The ‘Three Lions’ then put the foot on the pedal and brought India back to the ground after a crushing innings and 76 runs win in Leeds. Shastri said team India needs to forget what happened in Headingley and focus on what they did right at Lords.
“It’s very easy, you just go back to Lord’s. Just think Lord’s, forget the last one. As simple as that. I know it’s easier said than done but we should remember your good moments as well. Such things happen in the game,” he said.
“England was in the driver’s seat and we snatched victory. In the last Test match, they bowled brilliantly. They caught us on the hop on the very first day of the Test match, they put us on the back foot,” Shastri stated.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see what combination India prefers to go in with. There are talks about the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin at the cost of Ishant Sharma.