London, Aug 16: For those of you still interested in India's Test tour of England, there are men in the team who feel that a "fight back" is still on. Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has emerged the latest voice in expressing this positive sentiment.
But the momentum behind the promise seems to be running a little thin, especially given that after India lost the second Test, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had said that a "turn-around" was still very possible and when defeat seemed an inevitability in the crucial third Test, new-comer Amit Mishra blew his horn, assuring the media and fans alike that India would save the encounter.
Such false bravado was hardly called for when it was more than evident that India's game was falling apart. The wickets were coming few and far between, while the opposition kept churning out humongous partnerships. The rapacious England team has proved irrepressible in this series, while India have been hard-pressed to nurse and revive their bruised morale.
When a team's performance has been going from bad to worse with each Test, and the opposition has ascertained their rivals' weaknesses and have perfected the ability to home in on them, a "fight back" from the near-vanquished appears to be wishful thinking.
But one hopes at the very least, India will put on a show worth paying money for. The droves of Indian die-hard aficionados will be yearning to see Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir return to their potent best with the former finding the boundary ropes, instead of the palms of slip-fielders. Meanwhile, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid will be expected to contribute some veritable substance to India's total, and hopefully Sachin Tendulkar putting his immaculate repertoire of shots to optimum use. Will it all come together for India at last?