Chastened India look to clear the cobwebs

The Indian cricketers, even the best of them, have been called names in recent times, their priorities have been questioned, their reputations tarred. But no one, no top-level sportsperson likes to lose.

updated: December 12, 2012 13:23 IST
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There have been question marks, of varying sizes, against practically all members of the Indian Test team bar, possibly, Pragyan Ojha. And at least two of them - Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma - showed, two afternoons before the fourth and final Test in Nagpur, that they were smarting from their failures.

This is not to say that the other players in the team weren't serious, they were, but Kohli and Ishant reached the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur at least an hour before the scheduled optional practice session. Ishant spent a fair bit of time in the stadium, stretching, doing a bit of weight training, running, before going across to the nets where he had an extended bowling session.

Kohli wasn't too far behind, batting for around half an hour before taking a break and joining the other members who turned up (everyone bar R Ashwin, who took a break, and the five players engaged with their Ranji Trophy teams - Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashok Dinda, Parvinder Awana and Piyush Chawla - who were set to join the team on Wednesday).

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