London, Aug 18: India skipper M S Dhoni is not one to cave into heavy odds. Unfortunately, that is what he and his team have wound up doing in their 0-3 drubbing from England in the current Test series. But rather than exude desperation at this juncture and push for a mere draw in the fourth and final match, he wants to seek redemption with an outright victory.
"When you are desperate, you play below your potential. So it's not good to worry about the result," he explained, suggesting that India would still go for a win.
Dhoni further stated that it was not a time to panic. He is damn straight it isn't! That occasion has passed several times as India slipped to three progressively more emphatic losses when they were simply unable to get back on their feat!
Now naturally, the selectors will see the need for heads to roll after the tour is done and dusted. And the poorly-performing players thus far will know they are headed for the chopping block unless they pull a scintillating performance from out of their behinds.
"We have to look to the future no doubt," said a pensive Dhoni. "But the important thing is not to panic because some good sides do that too soon (to their own downfall)," he said. At the end of the day, it is just sport. You go through tough times too. That is what makes it interesting, just like challenges do to life. It's just a phase we are going through."
Dhoni introduced some levity in the press room when asked if Indian cricket has run into a crisis. "We have not been sleeping so we don't need a wake-up call," he quipped. "We have been playing for the last two years," he pointed out, without elucidating on the World Cup triumph.
Delineating his battle-plan for the fourth Test, he said that India need to bat well. "We are a side known for our batting. So the priority will be put up some runs so that the bowlers can do their bit," he said.
Another snag to Dhoni's vow to pursue victory at the Oval is that it has been a tremendously positive Test venue for England. The home side has won double the number of matches it has lost here (38:19) and have drawn an astounding 36 encounters.
Meanwhile, English skipper Andrew Strauss said that the globe would not mock England for being a more-often-than-not flimsy side. "The days of being the laughing stock have gone, for good we hope," he said. "It's not just our play in the park; the whole structure and setup has improved dramatically," he pointed out.
Now can Dhoni go ahead and make a dent in the confidence behind England's imposing structure with a Test win?