The psychology of sport is fascinating. Two-nil up after Lord’s, Joe Root found himself answering questions about a possible whitewash. One defeat for England later, Virat Kohli was asked to tempt fate by acknowledging the potential for his team to become only the second in history to win a five-match series from 2-0 down.
There have been echoes of Donald Bradman in Kohli’s domination and supreme batting in this series — the light years’ distance between his own productivity forged out of sheer willpower, and the rest. The analogy is fitting in other ways, too, given that Bradman’s team of more than 80 years ago are the one that India are trying to emulate.
If it happens — the weather and England’s historic strength at home…