Jasprit Bumrah is ready for the challenge of captaining India at short notice, but admits he is throwing himself into "deep water" against a rampant England side.
The tourists had been hoping that regular skipper Rohit Sharma would return a negative COVID-19 test and get the green light to lead the rearranged fifth Test at Edgbaston on Friday, but were forced into making alternative arrangements.
Sharma remains in isolation after continuing to test positive on the eve of the match, thrusting the fast bowler into the spotlight for the series decider. India led 2-1 when this game was cancelled last September due to COVID-19 concerns among their squad.
England are a much-changed side since then, fresh from a barnstorming 3-0 victory over world Test champions New Zealand, but Bumrah is undaunted.
"You play cricket for responsibility; when there is pressure the taste of success feels good," he said.
"I'm always up for more responsibility. I love tough challenges and this is no different. You want to challenge yourself in deep water.
"I spoke to MS (Dhoni) - he was straight away captain of India, had never captained anyone else, and was one of the most successful ever. I am only focused on how I can help the team, not what I have done before, how cricket conventions work or how the rules are set."
England head coach Brendon McCullum predicted last week that England's performances against the Kiwis would "set alarm bells" off across the world but Bumrah, who topped the wicket charts with 18 in the original four-match rubber, refused to fan the flames.
"We try to focus on our team more than the other team," he said.
"I don't want to give a mental advantage. We don't play to lose, to just compete or to draw. We play to win."
England have recalled veteran James Anderson to the bowling attack in place of Jamie Overton while Sam Billings takes the gloves in place of the injured Ben Foakes.
New skipper Ben Stokes admits there is an element of risk in asking 36-year-old Stuart Broad and 23-year-old rookie Matthew Potts to play a fourth Test in a little over four weeks.
The pair played all three Tests against New Zealand with Potts delivering 51 overs in the match and Broad 47, his highest load for five years. Stokes bowled only four overs.
Stokes said: "There was actually a method to why I didn't bowl. I really wanted to push the bowlers as far as I possibly could, to make them realise what they can do," he said.
"Broady, in particular, wasn't very happy with me. It's funny, as bowlers have your green zones, amber zones and red zones based on how much work you've done at the end of a Test. Broady said he's created a new zone called the burgundy zone.
"But that Test match was bigger than the result, as I keep saying. What we did over the last three weeks is reshape how Test cricket is played.
"I honestly believe bowling out the best team in the world with three seamers and a spinner has done everybody the world of good. Doing what they did that whole week was really pushing them to their limits and making them understand what they are capable of doing."
Australian Associated Press
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.