Ishant Sharma bore the brunt of James Faulkner`s conscious decision to go after seamers in the third ODI and the game-changing Australian all-rounder offered his sympathies to the Indian spearhead, saying that every bowler has days when he ends up looking "silly out there".
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday lauded the "overall good performance" of his players as they took an unassailable 3-1 lead over England in the five-match ODI series with a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the fourth and penultimate match here.
India survived an injury scare ahead of the penultimate one-dayer against England with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being hit on the thumb yet again during the team`s practice session, here on Tuesday.
England can still stage a turnaround in the one-day series against India despite being on the backfoot, according to spinner James Tredwell who said the team will go into the must-win game trying to draw inspiration from their first game which the visitors won comfortably.
India`s star batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that his prolonged form slump was a bit "annoying", but staying calm and patient helped him overcome the lean phase, which is part and parcel in the career of international cricketers.
Describing the cold weather here as "very English", opener Ian Bell on Monday said that the England pacers will have to exploit the conditions well in order to level the five-match ODI series when they take on India in the fourth and penultimate match on Wednesday.
The crucial third ODI between India and England on Thursday failed to draw a big crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here, the third time in the ongoing series which saw lack of spectator interest.
The third one-dayer between India and England at the PCA stadium here will be played on a "typical" Mohali pitch, which promises to produce an even contest between bat and ball, curator Daljit Singh said on Wednesday.
England pacer Steven Finn put up a brave front in the face of adversity and said that the visitors are confident of turning things around in the five-match ODI series against India, despite trailing 0-2.