Pleasantly surprised by character shown by team: Alastair Cook
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"They will be desperate not to let the home record broken," he said referring to the fact that India have not lost a home Test rubber in eight years.
Asked whether it could be senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar's last game in the face of the severe criticism he has faced recently, Cook looked bemused and said he had enjoyed playing against the world's most prolific run-getter and century-maker.
"He's an amazing player with a fantastic record like his 100 100s. It has been a pleasure playing against him," said Cook.
Tendulkar has mustered a mere 110 runs in five games.
On to the team composition, Cook said Stuart Broad was out of contention for a place in the eleven with a bruised heel.
He also termed the wicket for the match as "very dry".
"I saw it yesterday. It was very dry and there are lots of cracks. But there were cracks in Kolkata too, but it held well," he said.