The importance of the Nagpur test match is huge and I don't think in the recent past the Indian cricket team has faced such an important game and I am saying this even taking in to consideration the World Cup final in Mumbai. The reason I say this is because India’s reputation wouldn’t have been hampered if they had not won the World Cup final but it’s a different scenario here. I can’t remember in the past that an Indian team has been under so much pressure in a home series.
But India needs to take it in their stride, absorb pressure and come out firing.
This is sport, there is no guaranteed success, such situations will arise and the biggest pleasure is standing up to it and delivering. To me Indians can do that.
There has been criticism which is common in sport but the Indian team must remember that most of the critics want this team to do well because a healthy Indian cricket benefits all.
To me it’s possible if they get mentally bull-headed.
There is no reason why things can’t change, as this side has enormous ability.
Although selection is not in his hands, to me Dhoni’s statement, that as a captain it’s my job to be next to the team is a good, strong message to the world. He has the talent and he needs to convert that to performance.
For Sachin Tendulkar, he shouldn’t worry about retirement calls, clear his head up, because to me no one can decide when he should go. He has achieved so much, more than anyone can imagine and his retirement should be his decision. He just needs to stay positive and play attacking cricket because even if he doesn’t score one more run in international cricket he will still remain the greatest.
The squad has gone through changes and I will be keen to see whether Jadeja gets to play his first test match. He has been in good form in domestic cricket both with bat and ball and will fit in to the third spinner’s role if it starts turning. He will be a good option at number six and will also bring some fire in the field. I am also very keen to see the young fast bowlers make their debut in test cricket. I presume that Dinda will get the first go because he has been in the squad before.