Even as the ICC has put a full stop to the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja altercation issue, the two captains continued to face questions about it at the pre-match media conference on the eve of the fourth Test at Manchester.
Both MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook said the teams have put the issue behind them and are focusing on the job ahead.
Cook also said there is no enmity between the two sides after the incident. "I think the way both sides have played this series has been fantastic, apart from that one incident which has been blown up. I thought both sides have been very competitive and played it in the right way and in the right spirit."
The biggest relief for the England captain was that Anderson’s non guilty verdict means he will have his ace bowler by his side in the last two Tests.
"He's a little bit less grumpy, which is always nice for Jimmy,” Cook said when asked about Anderson’s relief. “But actually in those last couple of Test matches, with this hanging over him, he's bowled really well. I don't think it's really affected his performance on the field at all.
“It's great that this is now behind him. He gets to play in a home Test match, which I know is very special for every guy who gets to play in a home Test match. For him to be playing here means a lot to him. I think that's what the biggest concern was, that he wouldn't get to play at Old Trafford."
Cook was also pleased to have an in-form Steven Finn in the squad again. Finn has replaced the injured Liam Plunkett.
"From when I last saw him in an England shirt, to what he's now delivering for Middlesex and when he briefly bowled at Lord's, it's just great for English cricket that Finny is getting back to his best. To add him into the pile of fast bowlers can only be a good thing, to add more competition.
“He's very different to what we have got: he's a tall bowler who when he gets it right bowls at near 90mph. So that's a great thing to add to the pot and I am pleased for him that he's managed to, it's obviously been a very tough six months for him personally. He’s fought through it and I'll think he'll be a stronger bloke for it and it will bode well for his cricket."
About his own return to the form after a long famine of runs, Cook said while the 95-run knock in the first innings of the Southampton Test has taken a monkey off his back, he will start from the scratch when he walks in to bat at the Old Trafford.
"Great that I scored runs last week. It was a big relief off my shoulders,” he said. “But it's only one game. We're approaching this game as a team and last week counts for nothing. Same goes for my batting, I want to be consistent and score big runs and there's another opportunity this week.”
He, however, admitted that runs under his belt makes it easier for him to lead the team.
“It does make it easier because you’re not asking people to do stuff which you haven’t been doing. That’s always a hard thing for any captain when he’s out of form. You’re telling the guys what to do and you’re not backing up your own words. Two innings don’t change it too much but it does make it easier,” Cook said.
Cook praised his batsmen for tiring the Indian bowlers out in the third Test and batting India out of the match. "We put a lot of wear and tear into Indian bowlers in that game, that's how you win Test match series.
"We put a lot of miles in their legs like they did to us at Trent Bridge, which effected us at Lord's. At the start of this game it's nil all and you've got to earn the right to put miles in their legs again.”