‘Dhoni’s dismissal a game changer’

  • Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times, Nagpur
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2012 00:26 IST

England middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott could be right when he summed up MS Dhoni's dismissal at the Jamtha stadium as a 'game changer'. The late evening wicket has once again swung the momentum in England's favour.

"It has changed the match massively. Credit to the guys for sticking out for five hours and not getting a wicket and then coming back in the game," said Trott.

The visitors were forced to toil under the Nagpur sun, but they refused to let the spirit die. With Virat Kohli and Dhoni back in the hut, England feel they are back in the game.

"It's still pretty neck and neck. But credit to the bowlers to take the chance and grab it like Alastair (Cook) did. That effort was a game changer or even a series changer," he said.

Trott also emphasised on the need to put up a big score on Sunday. It will not be easy against a four-pronged India-spin attack, but whoever comes out on top will decide the fate of the game.

"When we bat, we have to bat well for three sessions and not two-and-a-half. Hopefully, we can do that on the fourth day," said Trott.

Despite India slipping from a commanding position, their centurion on Day Three, Virat Kohli, remained optimistic. He believed they could still put the opposition under pressure by managing a slim lead.

"I don't think batting on this wicket in the second innings will be easy. We get a few runs' lead and let them (England) play five sessions, and then see how the match goes," said Kohli, before adding, "You never know, you can get two-three wickets like we lost today in the end. Cricket is a funny game, you get a lead and you put the opposition under pressure. It won't be easy to defend all day. We will just be looking for the one opening and probably get two-three wickets."

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