India coach Ravi Shastri has called on the tourists´ batsmen to show "resolve" even if it means they look "ugly and dirty" at the crease, as they try to fight back against England. "I don't think anyone is thinking like that", he said.
However, Shastri said: "We focus on cricket".
Unfortunately, two games into the series and India's tour of England is fast approaching the resounding horrors of 2011 and 2014. "It's quite freakish thought to have".
"One thing is for sure there is no negative bone in this [Indian] team in spite of what happened in the last Test match".
"You know when your back is against the wall, that is the time for you not to think about anything else". "From another point of view, it's a good situation to be in because you have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires at that particular moment from you throughout the Test". "As I have mentioned in the past, upto the individuals to stand up and say I'm going to go out there and make a difference".
"Conditions have been tough as you have seen right through this series".
Kohli struggled with a back problem at Lord's but has declared himself fit to play in Nottingham. Jasprit Bumrah has also recovered from a fractured hand and is primed for a comeback.
"I am feeling fine, absolutely fine". "It's been an issue that's coming on and off again".
"But it happened along the way, so I keep my options open". If you ever needed an example of it, just look at the Indian team in England.
"I haven't been out there but normally there is a bit of swing around". And Rishabh Pant making his Test debut?
The skipper, who has changed his playing XI 37 times in as many Tests as captain, said his players did not feel threatened that the team's priority was to win matches. We have to be confident, get ahead of the mistake, and not make it again. He's very consistent in hitting the areas that are required at Test level. He relishes the challenge whenever given an opportunity. "Guys who are bowling well are the ones who are gonna start". That's something that everyone is aware of. Talking about the possibility of an additional batsman, the captain said, "Well it depends on what the surface is like".
"If the surface has lots of assistance for the bowlers, the extra batter might come into play".
It hasn't garnered all that much attention, largely thanks to their glut of in form allrounders and the performance of their bowling attack, but England do still have huge question marks about their top order, with Keaton Jennings still yet to really convince, Alastair Cook's form seemingly eternally quite patchy and a 20-year-old with no previous experience of batting at number four in county cricket, now doing so for his country in Tests.
Not only did the Indians take five days off before the first Test in Birmingham, they played just one warm-up match that was shortened to a three-day game.