Kohli still uncertain about playing deciding Test

Virat Kohli has said that he will undergo a fitness test before taking a call on his participation in the fourth Test at Dharamsala against Australia, starting Saturday (March 25). Obviously, I am 100 per cent fit for the game is the only condition I will take the field. For me, the most pleasing thing is we have been able to take it out in the middle. The physio wants to take a little more time before I can test myself. "Probably we'll take a call on it later tonight and tomorrow before the game".

The star batsman is battling a shoulder injury suffered during the drawn third Test in Ranchi.

Uncapped Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has joined as cover for Kohli, who has struggled against the touring Australian side, managing 46 runs in five innings after registering a double century in each of the preceding four series. "Instead of giving it back verbally, you must show you are better on the field", said Vengsarkar.

"He (Rahane) is probably a bit more chilled out on the field, probably not as emotional but I think he understands the game really well", said Smith.

Speaking about the positives, Kohli said that the way India played in both Bangalore and Ranchi tests are certain things to be carried forward in the next match.

Australian news daily The Daily Telegraph in an article compared the Indian cricket captain to US President Donald Trump, saying that "Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport".

In what shapes as a catastrophic blow to his team, Kohli has all but ruled himself out of the biggest match of his captaincy career after admitting he's not fit enough to meet his own criteria for playing. Kohli was back on the field to lead India in Australia's second innings, but despite having a go for 100 overs, India could get only 6 wickets. "But we can all move on and I'm glad that it has not escalated to the really nasty scenario in 2008 that dragged on and on", he said. It's a full match scenario, bowling at 140kmps, playing against that bowling.

Perhaps it was more to do with not exerting pressure on his hurt shoulder. "We'd love it to be that way, would feel a bit more like home, but I don't think we'll get that".

"Simon Katich sent me an email overnight and said it's great what you guys have done so far through this series, keep doing the same things and good luck in Dharmasala", Smith said.

Smith said that the team has played to its potential against a quality side like India. It's how you look at a particular scenario. Smith said that although much hard work remained over the next few days, he was proud of his men regardless of the final outcome of the series.

  • Julie Sanders