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The first Test is slowly but surely slipping out of India’s grasp but you can be sure this team will go down fighting, reports Anand Vasu.

cricket Updated: Dec 13, 2008 23:09 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times

The first Test is slowly but surely slipping out of India’s grasp but you can be sure this team will go down fighting. Not long ago, they lorded over Australia to win 2-0 and harboured serious and honest aspirations of being the No. 1 team in the world.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been charged with taking this team to the next level, certainly has the confidence of his coach.

“I was quite happy with the way we went about executing our plans in terms of bowling. At the start of the day we had specific ideas about what we wanted to do and we went about our task quite well. It’s just that England played well and we should give credit where it’s due,” said Gary Kirsten.

“If we look back and see what we could have done differently, I can’t come up with much. I was particularly happy with the way MS captained the side, especially today.”

Kirsten also underscored the attitude that the team was trying to adopt for each day of Test cricket, whether it was when things were going well or when the opposition dominated.

“In this team there is a belief that anything is possible. If there is a perception that we have already lost this Test then it is up to us to try and change that.”

When asked specifically if there was a possibility of India changing their batting order in the game, perhaps moving Rahul Dravid down the order, Kirsten was non-committal. “We're always thinking about what we can do to get the best out of our batting and bowling. We haven’t thought too far into this Test but at this stage we're not thinking about any drastic changes."

England certainly don't need to change their ways, and despite being accused of scoring rather slowly in their first innings (they made their runs at 2.45 an over) Paul Collingwood suggested that the ends justified the means. "I don't think we were scoring particularly slowly. In India, the game seems to start quite slowly with things building up to crucial fourth and fifth days," said Collingwood.

"We've got ourselves into a good position and it's important to do the job over the next two days. What we've done so far has worked for us and I wouldn't want to change that,” he added.

First Published: Dec 13, 2008 23:07 IST