Toughest session of career, says India's KL Rahul

And just as the hosts thought they had seen off the worst, off-spinner Nathan Lyon scripted a turnaround in the final session to finish the day with four wickets for 67. He said India's pace of scoring - they have made their runs at 2.72 per over so far as compared to Australia's 3.38 in their first innings - was a reflection of how well Australia bowled.

KL Rahul said India must "stand up and be counted" in the absence of Virat Kohli as they fight it out for a Test series victory over Australia in Dharamsala. Pujara has now broken opener Gautam Gambhir's record of most runs scored in a season to add another milestone to his kitty.

Then it was over to India's new number three Cheteshwar Pujara to take centrestage, he and Rahul then got into the groove, singles started flowing and the strike was rotated.

Gambhir, during 2008-09 season, notched up a total of 1269 runs while Pujara now has a total of 1316 runs in this ongoing season at an average of 65.8.

After yet another poor shot that saw him dismissed after a well-made 60 on the second day of the final Test here on Sunday, Rahul admitted it was poor execution but insisted that the overall performance had been satisfactory through the series.

India opener Lokesh Rahul have scored five half-centuries in the series, despite that he has faced a lot of criticism of losing concentration and failing to convert his starts to big scores. "It has been a fantastic cricket wicket".

With regular skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli missing the match with a shoulder injury, Rahul said it is important others step up and perform. However, Pujara, with 1316 runs, is now second on the list of batsmen with most Test runs in a season. In 24 position on the list is former wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer on 2611 runs. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder's next target is Wasim Jaffer who has 1944 runs. But instead, Lyon took up the responsibility as he accounted for Pujara, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane as Australia kept India under check.

  • Julie Sanders