Trent Bridge: As MS Dhoni and his not so merry men made their way into the field at Trent Bridge, all comments about India's pathologically slow start to overseas tours was being given symbolic affirmation. The white wooden frame of the visitors' dressing room was being painted to ensure that Nottingham's beautiful, cumulous cloud of a cricket ground would actually be ready in time for Friday's storm and fury. (Also Read: Statistics surrounding the Trent Bridge Test)
India must find a way to be ready too, and only the wettest of blankets will believe the series is already over. Just like 'mental disintegration' was part of the Australian template, the ability to absorb and respond to shock or setback is India's. It has become a part of their DNA in the last decade, fundamental to their climb up the Test rankings and their particularly good performances in the last two tours of England. (Also See: India's Record at Nottingham)
Ten years ago, India had lost the first Test at Lord's and Sourav Ganguly, their unperturbed captain at the time, met Indians on the street who mournfully told him they were going to be returning home. "Why so soon? Stick on, we're going to level the series." A draw was eked out in the second Test at Trent Bridge, and victory arrived in Headingley. India batted first in bad-tempered weather, on a green wicket and piled up a big score to set up the win. In 2007, India were rescued by the rain at Lord's but came to Nottingham and found both jelly beans and Zaheer Khan's swing. The match and the series was eventually won.