Nerves no issue for in-form Root
Joe Root has revealed the reasons behind his eye-catching start to life in international cricket: a lack of nerves and the understanding that it could end at any time.
Few players in recent memory have taken to the top level as readily as the fresh-faced Yorkshire batsman.
England's 2012/13 tour of India may one day come to be remembered for the discovery of Root, who made his Test, one-day and Twenty20 international debuts in an unforgettable four-week period.
He announced himself with a cool-headed 73 in the fourth Test in Nagpur, helping his side to a draw that secured the series, and has followed up with 132 runs in three one-day innings, including a scintillating 57 not out in Mohali.
Add in his emergence as a tidy off-spin option and you have a remarkable start to life in England colours.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's fifth and final ODI in the enchanting Himalayan hill station of Dharamsala, Root gave an insight into the approach that has allowed him to make the seamless step up.
"As a kid this is what you want: you want to play in the big occasions and play for England. I don't see the point in getting nervous," said the 22-year-old.
"You just try and enjoy the occasion. When you play in front of crowds like Kochi (which played host to around 70,000 fans) it's not hard to get absorbed in it and really enjoy it.
"You don't know how many international games you are going to play so I just want to enjoy every minute of it, absorb it and make the most of it. It's what you dream about as a kid and I'm enjoying every minute.
"The environment I'm playing in (has helped). All of the lads have been fantastic. There's no fuss from anyone and they've really helped me settle in."
The quality of Root's early efforts for his country have even forced the selectors into a change of heart.
Their initial plan was to take Root to New Zealand for the Test series in March, while sending him to Australia next month as captain of England Lions.
But his limited-overs prowess has made him an irresistible option for the limited-overs games in New Zealand.
On Thursday he was pulled from Lions duty and asked to join the senior 50-over squad for their three-match series against the Black Caps, while yesterday he was drafted into the Twenty20 party when Danny Briggs sprained an ankle.
Reflecting on his rise from promising county cricketer to three-format England international, Root said: "I've definitely had a bit of luck, but you just have to take it day by and see where you get to.
"I'm gutted for Danny Briggs, who's worked very hard on this trip, and I wish him a speedy recovery. But it's a great opportunity for me now and hopefully I can just keep doing what I'm doing.
"It's just nice to be a part of it all. It's all happened really quickly for me and I'm just trying to take it in my stride.
"It's just a different challenge. If I get an opportunity I try and rise to it. This is a great opportunity for a couple of months and I'm really looking forward to getting to New Zealand."
India could make changes to their XI having already claimed a series win, with Cheteshwar Pujara angling for a debut and leg-spinner Amit Mishra also yet to feature in the first four matches.
Yet Suresh Raina has told England the hosts will not be going easy on them.
"We are 3-1 up but 4-1 looks good on the scoreboard and that is what we want," he said.
Raina took the man-of-the-match honours in the previous match for a well-judged 89 not out, but it will be hard for any player to take the limelight away from the magnificent setting of the HPCA Stadium tomorrow.
"It is one of the most beautiful grounds ever," said Raina.
"I have played two IPL games here and once in domestic cricket, and it is the best I have played in."