Dharamsala Test: Injured Kohli ruled out, Australia bats first

Kohli suffered a shoulder injury while fielding in the Ranchi Test match.

Kohli had hurt his shoulder while diving to stop a boundary in Ranchi and his participation in the decider was always in doubt especially with the 28-year-old saying he would play only if he was 100% fit.

With Kohli out, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will take over as captain.

India lost opener Murali Vijay to Josh Hazlewood in a hostile morning session to reach 64 for one at lunch on the second day of their fourth and final test against Australia on Sunday.

In news that will surely bring a smile to Australian captain Steve Smith and his men, Indian captain Virat Kohli was ruled out of the fourth and series-deciding cricket test starting on Saturday in Dharamsala.

"Look at who has got the "paani" for everybody.12th man Virat Kohli", said former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar.

Kohli, who batted in the nets Friday, said the full extent of an injury could only be known in match conditions and that he would strictly follow the advice of the physiotherapist.

The visiting captain praised Shreyas Iyer, Kohli's possible replacement. The hosts made two changes to their squad with spinner Kuldeep Yadav making his debut and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Ishant Sharma.

Needless to say, the batting maestro has proven time and again that whether on or off the field, Virat Kohli proves himself to be of huge use to his teammates. "I started playing cricket at the age of eight and then I played [my] first game for the state [junior] team at the age of 13". But, no, look, I think he understands the game really well. "I have to give it a few more hours and make that call".

"We were looking to bat first here". With the series tied 1-1, India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane will stand in as captain in the crucial match.

  • Julie Sanders