If the conditions and the quality of the opposition bowlers were not testing enough for the Indians they have given themselves a situational challenge, having batted with little purpose and meandered to a position from which the Test is theirs to lose.
That said, having pulled off some stunning come-from-behind wins over the years, these players have earned the right to stay positive and expect something special. None more so than VVS Laxman.
“We've done some amazing things in the past and take a lot of confidence from what we have achieved,” said Laxman. “It's one more opportunity to do something special as we have done in the past.
As recent as in December when we won chasing a Test match getting almost 300 to 400 runs against England on the final day. We are all looking forward to the next two days and I'm quite confident that we'll do something special.”
Laxman also did not subscribe to the view that some of the batsmen were complacent against New Zealand's spinners.
“Both of them are quality spinners. When you're playing for your country you're definitely not complacent,” said Laxman.
“I think they bowled really disciplined lines and lengths. We all played our natural games, and sometimes while playing your natural games you can fall and get out.”
Continuing on that theme, Laxman added, “It's very important to play your natural game. You can't think the opposition has scored 600-odd runs. If you play too defensive the bowlers will get on top of you,” said Laxman.
“Everyone has got a different style of playing. It's important each one plays their own game. What is important is not only getting runs but spending a lot of time out in the middle.”
Laxman was also quick to spring to the defence of Yuvraj Singh who followed his first Test 30 with a troubled 11-ball duck.
“It's so unfortunate that someone fails in one innings and you put pressure on him. Yuvraj has done tremendously well in both forms of the game,” said Laxman.
“He has won us a Test match against England and played really well in the second Test in Mohali and recently had a wonderful one-day series. He's an amazing talent who is potentially a match-winner.”