Dhoni boys should win 4th Test for Indian cricket

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Published on: Aug 18, 2011

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India landed in England as the top-ranked Test side in the world and with their heads high, repeating a rare feat - winning back-to-back Test series in England – was more than a likelihood.

India landed in England as the top-ranked Test side in the world and with their heads high, repeating a rare feat - winning back-to-back Test series in England – was more than a likelihood. But a 3-0 scoreline with one Test to go suggests that not only India but Test cricket too needs resuscitation at The Oval.

India's misfortunes kicked off when they lost their key players one after another due to injuries, got hammered by England in the first three Tests, and thus lost their top spot in the process. And after spending a month under domination, they now stare at another low of a series whitewash.

As the much-anticipated series inches towards its conclusion, the most-celebrated side in world cricket is battling to maintain the second position in ICC Test rankings. If the visitors also lose the fourth Test at The Oval starting Thursday, they will drop to third place.

If England win the fourth Test, they will finish on 125 ratings points while India will drop to third on 117 ratings points. However, if India win or draw the Test, they will stay ahead of South Africa in second position. While a win will allow India to finish on 120 ratings points, a drawn Test will mean they finish on 119.

But perhaps the larger picture, or say a practical outlook, has been drawn by former England captain Geoffrey Boycott - courtesy India's financial might in cricket.

The former England opener said that the game's future and India's performance are inter-linked and India's hammering in the ongoing Test series will leave the spectators disillusioned and deepen the problems of Test cricket.

According to him, "India's financial might is the biggest thing cricket has going for it, from a business point of view, and everyone will suffer if their spectators become disillusioned."

Thus, according to Boycott, it becomes imperative for India to show a better will to fight in the last Test against England as their decline may affect the overall status of the Test cricket.

So India will shoulder a twin responsibility at The Oval. Not only do they have to get themselves out of this rut, but also keep Test cricket alive. And nothing less than a win can achieve both the objectives.

Another loss for Team India may cause a ripple effect as the spectators may lose interest in the longest form of the game, which is already fighting for its survival.

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