In the bilateral series between India and South Africa held during Feb Mar, we often heard Kohli talking about intent. Intent to be at the crease, Intent to score runs, Intent to create pressure, Intent to fight and Intent to Win. Often in the past, Intent was shown at the start and upon a couple of adverse results, intent gets diluted. For the first time in decades, this intent was prevailed upon throughout the series and on every person in the team. This Intent was followed by Focus on not losing the intent which has culminated into a big success of historic proportion hailed by everyone. It is a first away series of the year and more than the result the effort put-in to prove that they are not paper tigers was heartening.
There is much more at stake than that meets the eye in this series. Virat has to prove to himself than for others that he is all weather batsmen. Dinesh Karthik has to cement his place as a reliable wicket-keeper batsman as the keeping require lots of skills, especially in English conditions. Ashwin has to prove that his 300 wickets most of which have come on Indian soil, that he is
not home condition bully. Kuldeep after being sorted out by a couple of English batsmen has to prove that he is still the mystery spinner and cannot be done away with so easily. In the absence of Bhuvi and Bumrah, the others have to prove that they have the wherewithal to exploit the English conditions which are generally favored to be for pace bowling. As one mystic said that if the competition is with oneself then there is no pressure but only improvements. Can they look inwards, kindle the inner energy and uplift their game and create history needs to be seen.
Is it possible for the Indian team touring England to replicate the Intent shown in South Africa or is the talk of intent is only for one series? Whether the intent is delivered or not will be seen in the first few days of the series.
– By Ambi Ananth