India captain Virat Kohli believes his team has the ability to make a strong comeback following a shockingly woeful batting performance against Australia in the first Test at Adelaide.
India slumped to their lowest ever Test score of 36 on the third day of the pink-ball Test, allowing hosts Australia to cruise to a thumping eight-wicket win.
The visitors began the day's play 63 runs ahead with just one wicket down before the pace duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins ripped through the Indian line-up to skittle them six runs short of their previous lowest Test total.
India's problems will be aggravated by the absence of Kohli, who leaves the team for the birth of his first child, while an injury cloud hovers over key paceman Mohammed Shami.
"I definitely would have loved it if we had won this game, with me leaving, but this is Test cricket and anything can happen at any stage," Kohli said.
"I am confident that the team is going to bounce back strong in Melbourne and a few of the guys are going to realise their true characters and how they can step up for the team," he added optimistically.
"I don't think we have ever had a worse batting performance so we can only go upwards from here."
Kohli starred with a fine half-century in the first innings of the Test but could contribute only four runs the second time around as he too perished amidst the nightmarish Indian collapse.
He blamed the "lack of intent" shown by batsmen as wickets fell in an unexpected cluster, preventing them from regrouping and making sense of the situation.
"To be honest there were some good balls but the ball didn't do anything drastic. I think it was the mindset, it was very evident," he said.
"It felt like the runs were so difficult to come by and the bowlers got confident. I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the bowlers hitting their areas."
Kohli cautioned against screeching alarm bells and focused on moving ahead to avoid repeating past mistakes.
"Playing at the highest level, there will definitely be collapses again and again and we have to accept our mistakes and understand what we have to work on," he said.
"We don't feel we are vulnerable to getting bowled out so cheaply ... I don't think it is anything alarming."
The second Test will be the Boxing Day encounter in Melbourne whereas the subsequent two Tests will take place in Sydney and Brisbane.