The Indian team has a job on hand - specific, time-bound, and admitting of nothing beyond itself. And that is to win the Nagpur Test match and level the series against England. The selectors have a job on hand too - general, unbound by time or place, and with the focus on the big picture. And that is to build a team that was once No. 1 but has been ravaged by time and demoralised by defeats.
Yet, even if the tasks are different in nature, they are allied, and how the specific job is done will have a bearing on how the general one is approached. There is no escaping the fact that Indian cricket is at a crossroads. The big decisions may have been postponed by a week, even if they do not officially have to be made before the next series begins.
If India win in Nagpur, the old order will survive - and that means MS Dhoni will retain his job as skipper, and Sachin Tendulkar will have a few more weeks to make up his mind, meanwhile filling newsprint, the airwaves and cyberspace with lengthy, passionate and ultimately inconclusive debates.