We'll stick together - Patel
England’s hopes of winning the the one-day series in India may be over, but Samit Patel insists they will do everything in their power to avoid a 5-0 whitewash.
In chasing down 299 to triumph by five wickets in Mohali yesterday, India opened up an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match campaign.
If Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s call for his side to improve further suggested he has his sights set on administering further misery on England, Patel is determined not to let that happen.
“The series is finished,” Patel, who contributed a brutal unbeaten 70 off 43 balls to England’s total of 298 for four, told ecb.co.uk.
“We’re not going to go down 5-0. We’re telling each other we’re not going down 5-0, or without a fight.”
Patel echoed captain Alastair Cook in admitting defeat was particularly hard to take given England retained genuine hopes of winning until Dhoni hit the first two balls of the last over for four to settle the contest.
“To come so close and lose hurts even more,” Patel admitted. “We thought we had the score; it’s tough to swallow.”
However, he urged his team-mates to “move on pretty quickly”, for which they will need to call upon the team spirit that has been central to their success in recent years.
“We need to get back together as a unit,” Patel added. “We’re a close unit and we stick together no matter what. We have to keep doing that.
“There are a lot of characters in that dressing room. We have to fight together as a unit - it’s the only way forward.”
Whatever the outcome of the final two games - in Mumbai on Sunday and Kolkata next Tuesday - Patel claims the younger members of the squad can take much from what is widely regarded as one of the toughest tours.
He said: “It’s a great learning experience for some of the guys that haven’t been out here before - (Steven) Finn, (Jade) Dernbach, (Scott) Borthwick, (Jonny) Bairstow.
“There are plenty of people that haven’t been in India and playing in these sort of conditions in front of crowds like this. It’s a fantastic experience and hopefully we get better.”
Patel’s reward for his innings, which contained seven fours and two sixes, was a new motorbike, an honour not even afforded to man of the match Ajinkya Rahane, who made a decisive 91 off 104 balls for India.
“I don’t know how it’s going to get to England but I’m keeping it,” Patel grinned.