“I am pretty confident that the team is going to bounce back strongly in Melbourne. We will definitely learn from this. I don’t think we have ever had a worse batting performance. We can only go upwards from here… You will see guys stepping up, realising their true character and doing the job for the team.”

That was Virat Kohli at the post-match press conference after India’s 36/9 horror show in Adelaide. The reiteration that his side will bounce back highlights Kohli’s trust in the group. Kohli is a smart Test captain who understands the importance of a positive environment in the dressing room. He knows the challenges of handling pressure, which will be immense in the remaining three Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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