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No ifs and buts - India has to win Nagpur Test
Nagpur Test is India's last chance for redemption after their embarrassing performances in the last two Test matches. India has to win the Test match to level the series and avoid an outburst of Indian fans and media alike.

IT IS a do or die situation for Indian cricketers when they play England in the fourth and final test match of the series in Nagpur on Thursday, December 13. There are no ifs and buts for the Indian team; they have to win the last Test match and draw the series, come what may.

The Indians have not been able to put up a consistent performance against the English team, who lead the series 2-1. Results have gone in the favour of visitors, who almost everbody had believed were no match to Indians, especially when they are playing at home.

The Indian camp is in a desperate need of a win. This was evident when three senior cricketers like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were axed for the last encounter. It was a stern warning to many under-performers in the team.

Players such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ashwin have not been consistent, so it's time for these players to perform, else they have to face the consequences. Not to forget Sachin's below par performance as well. But, these players have proved themselves in international matches, so it's just a matter of time, but they need to bring all that experience in the final Test match at Nagpur and prove their mettle.

The Indian team has failed as a unit in all departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding. Come the final Test, they need to be sharp in all these departments – outbat and outbowl the English team. But, on the contrary, the English bowlers and the batsmen have been very consistent and have proved to be a thorn in India's flesh.

Alastair Cook, who has scored three big centuries in the series has been the biggest thorn, as Indian bowlers have failed to unlock his run scoring machine. Another batsmen, Kevin Pietersen has been equally impressive. The new ball bowlers of the Indian team need to claim important wickets with the new red cherry, else the story of the Test match could be same as that of the second and third Test match – embarrassing losses for India.

A loss against the English team in the last Test match of the series could be catastrophic and could see some wholesome changes in th future, as Indians react very strongly to any failures.

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