Injured Kohli doubtful for Dharamsala Test

Ross Houston
April 6, 2017

Australia managed to beat India comfortably in the first Test before Virat Kohli and his men bounced back to level the series after winning the second Test in Bengaluru. Kohli didn't mince his words and criticised Steve Smith's behaviour in the strongest possible manner. Their run of consecutive Test defeats in Asia had stretched to nine. The better it is for the batsmen, the more India need an extra bowler. Like in the 1989 series in England, Australia entered India as underdogs.

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"If not, I'm sure the guys will take it as an opportunity to still take the team ahead", he said.

"We talk about the Ashes and what that means, but we go through little periods where you don't win there and then you win them back and it's all fantastic".

Whatever the result, India will retain their number one ranking at the end of a season which has seen them host a record 13 Test matches against four different visiting teams.

Waugh also agreed with Hazlewood that the pressure was firmly on the home side heading into the match. But I am surprised he did not get reported. It's very hard to contain the scoreboard.

A major section of the Australian media has repeatedly attacked Kohli after the incident, most recently calling him the "Donald Trump of the sporting world".

Cheteshwar Pujara's more than 11 hours of over-my-dead-body defiance for India was matched by a game-saving final day rearguard action from Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.

"That's just ended pretty quickly for us on a few occasions where we've just rolled over", Smith said. So I don't think the wicket will matter a lot to us.

"I saw that two times happening when I was batting".

That insinuation was rejected out of hand by Smith, who did admit to transgressing once himself while out in the middle during the second Test. However, cricket on the subcontinent is more a battle of attrition than a speed contest.

During the Ranchi Test, the Saurasthtra batsman achieved the feat of facing the maximum deliveries by an Indian batsman in a single Test innings.

“I am not really bothered if we are the favourites or underdogs to be honest with you.

"For a guy that's only played a handful of Tests, to go out there and just play his game and back what he's worked on over the last few weeks has been wonderful. That's been really good". "So everyone's looking very optimistic for tomorrow's game regardless". We fully support Virat and he is one of the great ambassadors of this game. We've played some very good cricket. We will just try and focus on things which want to focus on, rather than worrying about how the wicket will play.

"Right now we're in a good position".

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