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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his first fifty of the tour (Getty Images)

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that the Indian team has learned from their earlier mistakes in the ongoing five-Test series against England which has resulted in a dominating performance at Trent Bridge.

Riding on Virat Kohli‘s 103, India declared their second innings at 352/7 with a huge lead of 520 runs on Day 3. The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul has provided a solid start in both the innings of the ongoing Test. Cheteshwar Pujara has also returned to form with a measured half-century while Hardik Pandya continued his excellent show in the contest with run-a-ball 52.

“The Indians failed the yo yo test at Birmingham and Lord’s, where the ball swung like a yo yo, and they succumbed poking and prodding at deliveries around off-stump,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India on Tuesday.

“The Trent Bridge Test showed a new determined India and it was evident that somebody had cracked the whip as all the batsmen played with bat close to their pads and so despite the ball swinging in overcast conditions, the openers gave a 50-plus start in both the innings.”

Gavaskar jokingly asked India to thank England captain Joe Root for asking them to bat first after winning the toss on Saturday. India posted 329 in their first innings before bowling out England for 161.

“India have come back in style after the defeat in the second Test. They have taken a firm grip on the game and should be able to wrap it up sooner than later. They have to thank the generosity of the England skipper Joe Root, who after winning the toss asked India to bat first,” he wrote.

Gavaskar said the English camp might have been tempted to put India under the pump early on considering their failures in the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s. “In a way his (Root’s) decision was understandable as the Indians were shell shocked after the first two Tests, in which they just weren’t able to cope with the swinging ball. Virat Kohli was the shining exception, of course, batting superbly in both innings of the first Test,” he observed.

England saw through a nervy phase of nine overs without losing a wicket after India declared, setting them a target of 521 runs on Monday. With two days of play remaining, England have a daunting task in front of them to save the Test.