'Chilled out' Rahane a good replacement for Kohli, claims Smith

25 March 2017, 12:43 | Robert Harris

'Chilled out' Rahane a good replacement for Kohli, claims Smith

India respond well after Smith Maxwell tons in Ranchi

While talking to a radio station in Adelaide, Sutherland was asked if the 28-year-old Indian captain should issue an apology to Steve Smith for accusing the Australian side of systematically rorting the Decision Review System (DRS) during the drawn second Test in Bengaluru.

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.

Saha brought up his third test century in Ranchi, an innings of tremendous grit and character, to go with a sound performance behind the stumps in a keenly contested series that heads to the foot of the Himalayas tied at 1-1. India's players, and doubtless a few on the other side, probably expected the fourth Test to be a festive occasion, completing a marathon home global season with the completion of a comfortable series win over Australia against the most picturesque background possible. Loves his cricket, just loves batting - so I think that's obviously shown in how he's gone about his cricket in India. "So hopefully it will help me with my sleep over the next five days".

Kohli fans would not like the answer to this question as the skipper has only a slight chance of making it into the field for Dharamshala Test.

The feisty top-order batsman damaged his right shoulder when diving to save a boundary on the first day of the penultimate test in Ranchi.

Another India player who has suffered shoulder injury this series, Murali Vijay, didn't participate in the nets either.

Worryingly for India, Kohli only faced throwdowns on Friday.

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In the event of Kohli missing out, Ajinkya Rahane would lead the team. Rahane is nowhere near Kohli when it comes to aggressiveness and it will be interesting to see him captain the side in a crucial Test like this. "You ve got to give him that, he s consistent", Lawson was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

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A two-week training camp was scheduled in Dubai prior to Australia's arrival in India, so they could control the types of surface on which they trained, and formulate plans for hard conditions. Surely, Kohli and the team management would have explored this option as the importance of the Indian captain, regardless of his silent blade in the series, isn't lost on anyone.

Australia's batsmen have also bought into his line of thinking, the fifth day in Ranchi the most emphatic proof of this.

Indian cinema great Amitabh Bachchan gave a witty reply to Australian media on comparing Kohli with Trump. The Australian fast bowler has done reasonably well in the domestic circuit. Half a million USA dollars are at stake as Australia will be looking to make it April 1 cut-off of ICC and qualify for the prize money.

One of the ugliest Test series in recent memory will draw to a close at one of the most lovely grounds in worldwide cricket.

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