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Compared to India's last tour of England, the men in blue have improved
In today's competitive world of cricket, especially in the shortest format of the game, Test cricket, each and every game holds a special place. The upcoming fourth Test match between India and England has become even more crucial after India's loss in the last match and add to it, Jadeja-Anderson spat has only made the situation tense.

After India's horrendous performance (clean sweep) last time when the men in blue toured England, experts felt that India's weak bowling attack and the impact of retirement decision taken by legends of Indian cricket, it was difficult for India to win the series.

Another valid reason for this notion then was that most of our players do not have the exposure of playing on the fast moving tracks of England. Also, England's bowlers are dangerous than any other team, especially on their own backyard. Further, their batting line up comprised of good batsmen who could take advantage of India's weak bowling attack. In any away series, small factors like favourable local support, well known pitches and the experience of players contributes a lot.

Overall, before the beginning of series, no one had predicted that team India might emerge as a winner. But somehow, the score today reads 1-1 with just two more Tests left to play. The game is still open. It can be anyone's game. Compared to the last series, our bowlers have shown tremendous improvement, a few of our new batsmen have emerged as trustworthy and capable of changing the game in favour of team India.

However, the main cause of anxiety is that our star batsman Virat Kohli has not found his rhythm and apparently lost his focus. Shikhar Dhawan has failed to strike for quite a while now and his confidence has been shattered. Even his body language is not giving any positive vibes. India's fielding also needs a great deal of improvement. Had Jadeja latched onto Alistair Cook's catch in the first innings of the last Test match, things could have turned out differently, as the bastmen scored a century after getting an extra life.

Sadly, Ravindra Jadeja has also not lived upto the expectations. The injuries to Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have added fuel to the worries of Indian team management. However, since this happens to be a vital encounter, many fans feel that instead of adopting a defensive attitude, team India must adopt an aggressive approach. We do not have much to lose. It is team England that is under pressure to re-establish themselves after a recent defeat against Sri Lanka.

In this scenario, the following is a viable team combination for India: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Ishant.

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