When they’re not favourites, sides will often talk about proving people wrong. This is all well and good, but it can leave them susceptible to the viewing public’s fickle mood swings.
At the start of this India tour, plenty of us thought England could lose every match. In the first Test, they proved people wrong.
Having proven that they could compete, the mood changed. England then set about proving people wrong once again by conceding a 200-run first innings deficit in this Test.
‘Well, this match is basically over,” many of us concluded.
‘We’re not having that,’ replied England and promptly set about having a stupendous fourth day.
Towards the end of that fourth day, many of you England supporters may have just begun to harbour faint hopes that some sort of outlandish victory could be achieved. Go on, admit it. Against your better judgement, it crossed your mind.
England duly countered.