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How can Virat Kohli's Team India fight back? It's a question that is on the everybody's mind ever since the Pune Test debacle where Australia decimated India by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

The hosts were completely outplayed in their own backyard on a turning track which was tailor-made to suit the Indian spinners. The move backfired as Australia's left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe ran through the Indian batting lineup taking 12 wickets in the match which ended inside three days.

Now as the series moves forward to Bengaluru, where the curators have promised a "sporting pitch", can Kohli and his boys bounce back?

KOHLI CAN TAKE GANGULY AS INSPIRATION

Virat Kohli can take inspiration from Sourav Ganguly and how he led an inexperienced Indian team to a miraculous victory against Australia in the Kolkata Test in 2001. India were trailing 1-0 in the series and that's when two unlikely heroes emerged in VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh, who guided India to an amazing come-from-behind win at Eden to level the series. India then carried the winning momentum in Chennai and beat Australia to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

KOHLI LOVES LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Virat Kohli loves to lead by example. He suffered a rare failure in the first Test, with scores of 0 and 13 in both innings. Those were his worst Test returns at home when he has batted in both innings. But he must treat it as a minor setback because of the form he has been in this season. His four double hundreds in consecutive series has been one of the major reasons for India's success and there's no reason why he can't lead by example in the rest of the series as well.

INDIAN SPINNERS IN TOP FORM

Also, India's spinners are in top form. Even though the batsmen failed miserably in Pune but Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja still managed to pick up 7 and 6 wickets respectively. The top two spinners in the world have been on a roll this season and will be Kohli's trump cards in the next match as well.

HOME ADVANTAGE

Then ofcourse there is always the home advantage for India. Virat Kohli, being the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, knows about the conditions at M Chinnaswamy stadium better than anyone else and will get massive support from the crowd.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

And lastly, India are always more dangerous when they have their backs against the wall. Kohli is hurting and so is the rest of his team. What happened in Pune is history, now is the time for India to show that they are the No. 1 team in the world for a reason.


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