By Chetan Narula in London At Southampton, where England earned a perfect 266-run-win in the third Test, India made a significant error. They picked seven batsmen on a flat track, looking to consolidate their 1-0 lead despite Ishant Sharma's injury. At Manchester, the venue for the fourth Test, they then rectified this mistake. They played five bowlers and dropped Rohit Sharma. However, it isn't as simple as it sounds. For the first time in the series - after much talk on the subject - they picked two spinners in their eleven. They even dropped Mohammad Shami to play two inexperienced medium pacers in their bowling attack. Furthermore, they picked the third-opener option in Gautam Gambhir instead of Shikhar Dhawan. For one moment, neglect the fact that India lost that fourth Test in an embarrassing manner within three days, and then their team selection turns out to be the one positive from Old Trafford. The team management learnt from its mistakes in a short span of time and picked an eleven that would fight for victory, at least on paper. This has been a refreshing feature of the Indian team's thinking for a major part of this Test series. So far, barring one game, they have played five bowlers at Nottingham, Lord's and Manchester, because taking twenty wickets is paramount for victory in the longer format. That India - under an arguably defensive Test captain and a passive support staff - deployed such strategy is a step away from usual.