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.