"So, Virat personally would want to be 100 per cent but if the team feels that he is a must-have for this deciding game, the team will have to convince him that, look you might be 40, 50, or whatever per cent fit, but we want you".
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. "He did a pretty terrific job to get Virat back on the field after that shoulder injury".
The crunch game is the culmination of what has been an acrimonious tour which has seen both sets of players at each other's throats since the opening Test, so Kohli will be doing all he can to get himself on the pitch.
If India were to enter the fourth Test without Kohli, Australia would emerge as significant favourites. Risks, yeah, the physio (Australia's Patrick Farhart) can explain that better.
While popular wisdom has it that test cricket must produce more results to survive the onslaught of the limited-overs game, there can be little doubt that the drawn third test, also at a new venue, produced the best contest of a thrilling series. Not an inch will be given by either of the sides even though Australia can be deemed favourites going into the game.
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But tomorrow will be a different day and different occasion. Even so, Steven Smith's team refused to buckle under last-day pressure, allowing them to travel to Dharamsala with confidence they can handle just about any situation.
He may not be an enforcer but having played enough under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahane would like to believe that every captain has his own distinct style. If that is the case, Shami's inclusion in the playing XI will not be a surprise.
India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Friday said he is unperturbed by the talk surrounding him in the Australian media and that he is not focussing too much on it, ahead of the fourth and final Test, starting here on Saturday. The ideal riposte (to the Australians) would be to win this series. Smith's gutsy twin hundreds, Nathan Lyon's lion-hearted spin bowling, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscombe's coming of age batting have been the highlights so far. He has gone to the extent of saying that Pune Test's match-winner Steve O'Keefe may have to make way for seamer Jackson Bird. Both Smith and Kohli were spotted grabbing their shoulders as an act of mockery throughout the third test in Ranchi. So the fact that he has not been contributing with the bat has been taken care of by the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane to some extent and Wriddhiman Saha down the order, Jadeja also.
The attacks on Virat Kohli has become so blatant in recent days that it prompted legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar to brand the Australian media as an "extended part of their team's support staff".