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The series against India and Australia might be over, however, skipper Virat Kohli said finally about the whole series fought on and off the field. Kohli made it clear that his team was extremely moved and would give it right back when they were poked.

This evidently had lots to perform with the stable fight that both India and Australia team fight not only in the middle innings but also outside the ground, which makes the series as spiteful ever.

After the match had ended of Dharamsala, the 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said in India’s favour, “Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back.”

He said to official broadcasters ‘Star Sports’ that “All the people don’t digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better.”

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He has been in the middle of things from even before the series start; Kohli was indifferent to the criticism.

Kohli said “Some people want to create some spice sitting at some part of the world. They don’t confront such situations themselves.  The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on the mike but to go out there and bowl and bat is different.”

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Kohli was carefully enjoying the responsibility of leading a motivated side; he said “I like taking responsibility; every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills. I like getting involved in the game. The workload is something that needs to be kept in mind in future but right now when the body is responding well I am fine.”

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He further added, “It’s been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from World No 7 to No. 1 has been outstanding achievement and I am proud as a captain.”

“I thought (the series against) England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back. We showed true character and maturity. The guys handled themselves well.”

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Kohli said about the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane for winning the fourth Test. “Ajinkya led the team really well. It was very pleasing to see that from the outside.”

Talking about his recovery after his shoulder niggle, “It’s still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 per cent on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward.”

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Chasing a target of 106 runs, India needs only 18 overs to complete an eight-wicket win over Australia in the 2nd innings of four day and final Test of the series. India has reached inside the first session on day four-Test losing seven wickets on hand to recover the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

KL Rahul was the main challenge for Indian innings, which helps the team to win with an unbeaten half-century. Rahul hit nine boundaries with Rahane and ended all hope for Australia.

Rahul has played important Test innings for India as he strikes Australian bowler after losing two wickets quickly. His innings consisted of two sixes and four fours.

Sunil Gavaskar presents the ICC Test Championship Mace and a winner’s cheque of $1 million to skipper Virat Kohli. Gavaskar said that Kohli had a bad news for his fans, “it is still a few weeks to go for me to be 100 percent on the field (talking about his shoulder injury).”

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After winning four-Test series against Australia by 8 wickets in Dharamsala, skipper Virat Kohli said “Unbelievable feelings. I think this was the best series win we have had so far. The way the guys handled situations and the way Ajinkya captained was amazing. The changes made to out fitness regime has paid off I guess.”

“In the past we might have given away the game in a few sessions, but the way we fought was amazing. There has not been one of two individuals that have stood; it’s been a team season.”

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“Lot of credit has to go to all the boys. The kind of fitness they have showed and the desire to win was brilliant to watch,” says Kohli.

Indian final and four-Test captain Ajinkya Rahane said that “Really happy as a captain, unfortunately Virat got injured. We decided during lunch time on Day 1 that if we take one wicket – only Smith and Warner were scoring the runs – we can put pressure. We all had confidence in Kuldeep. I felt the bowlers from the other end also maintained the pressure.”

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“The kind of bowling Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami did throughout the season was good to watch. I was just thinking about the Sri Lanka game when we lost chasing 130 odd runs. So I just wanted to play positively. Credit to Australia for fighting hard. I felt this was the best wicket (of the series).”

Jadeja said that he was very happy as a part of this No.1 team, “Really happy to be part of this No.1 team. When I was batting, I was just thinking that I will take my time, but whatever Wade chirped from behind the stumps motivated me.”

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“To develop overall as a player was good to see in me. From one end Ashwin takes wickets, at time I take wickets from one end. So the pressure is always there. Good to bowl with him. Hopefully we will do well outside India as well.”

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Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson said that India would be nervous and overconfident in the ongoing four-Test series in Dharamsala begin on March 25 against Australia. After three Tests over in Pune, Bengaluru and Ranchi both the team currently looked at 1-1 level.

The fourth and final Tests match to be played in the hill station of Dharamsala on March 25.

Australia’s John feels that the hosts will be nervous mainly the pacer-friendly state of Dharmasala. He played international cricket for Australia from 2005 to 2015.

The 35-year-old Australia pace bowler Johnson said to Fox Sports “Dharamsala is an amazing ground and the only times I have seen it are with grass on (the pitch). So I think that’s why the Australians will probably be confident and India will be a little bit nervous. I think they’ve been overconfident in this series and I think the scoreline shows that.”

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Johnson feels that Pune Test hero Steve O’Keefe may not in the squad for the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.

Johnson said “I think we’re going to lose a spinner out of this Test match. The spinners have been great throughout the series. There’s been a lot of pressure on the spinners to go out there and perform and I think they’ve had some good patches and some bad patches.”

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“But that’s the game. It’s a tough one because they have both had their moments in this series, but I think you have got to go with experience. I think Nathan Lyon will get a lot more bounce and he has been turning the ball quite nicely. But then again, you’ve got to look at left- and right-hand combinations.”

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He feels that Bird bowl will be right for Dharamsala track, “If it’s more of an Australian kind of wicket, I think you’ll see Nathan Lyon bowl and Bird come in as the third quick.”

Talking about Ranchi result, Johnson said “(The result in Ranchi) gives Australia a huge advantage I think. For them (India) to know that it’s not about Steve Smith and David Warner, other guys in the team can perform and can play out for a draw. They dug in and played exceptional cricket.”

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“They (Australia) will be pumped after that. Even though it was only a draw, to them it will feel very good and very positive. Because they have collapsed a lot in the past. That’s why I’m confident Australia will win,” he added.

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Australian current vice-captain David Warner’s run has been a barren after arriving in India. Warner confident of a turnaround and saying that he will shortly be among runs.

Aussie left-handed opener has scored just 131 runs in six innings with a 33 run knock in the first innings of the Bangalore Test.

The 30-year-old Australia’s Warner said to the reporters that there was nothing wrong with him as he was striking quite well. “I feel fantastic, I couldn’t be hitting the ball any better, but it’s just that the runs aren’t coming for me at the moment. That will come, it will turn around.”

“I just have to keep being disciplined and making sure that my preparation is still the same – not change anything, and just go about my business as I do,” said Warner.

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Warner stated that he was not the first cricketer to bear a terrible period; he said “Numbers always pop up everywhere. For me it’s about putting my best foot forward and trying to put my team in a position that we can either defend or win games.”

“That’s what that’s about. Everyone in world cricket, greats and legends of the game have had stints overseas or at home (where) they’ve had some form slumps. That’s just the game of cricket.”

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He said he had completed it in the past, “That’s in the back of your mind you’ve got to keep telling yourself you’ve done the hard yards, you just don’t lose it overnight. There were tough periods where I kept on thinking to myself ‘am I actually doing the work at training?’ I sort of second guessed myself.

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“I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren’t seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on and in the normal way I go about it,” he added.

“Nothing has changed, it’s still the same. I’ve just got to go out and keep backing myself and, when I’m out there, adapt to the conditions and then keep backing myself to try and keep putting the runs on the board.”

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Current vice-captain Warner said that he has been starting solid with Matt Renshaw, “For the team’s sake we need to get off to a good start. As a partnership, me and Renshaw have been getting off to an okay start. None for 50 over here, you need those to be none for 100. We’ve seen the Indians do it before, batting big and (making) partnerships of 200.”

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India’s right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has only one more Test remaining in hand to play the ongoing four-Test final match against Australia in Dharamsala. He wore down the Australian bowler with his third double century in Ranchi.

Measured a ‘Test specialist,’ a euphemism for a limited-overs misfit, Pujara, who made a double century and wore down Australian bowler, failed to land an Indian Premier League agreement and will be handling his thumbs when the important T20 event kicks off next month.

Pujara will not be playing in the 50-over mix and also played in the last of his five one-day internationals almost three years. He will only be paying attention observing in India’s Champions Trophy event in England and Wales in June.

Although, as India’s marathon 13-Test home season draws to a close after the fourth and deciding match against Australia in Dharamsala shortly in this week, skipper Kohli has given a buzzing support of Pujara’s worth in the longest format.

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Kohli said on Monday after the draw third match at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, “Sometimes I feel really bad for him that people don’t understand his importance in this team so much. You know what a valuable player he is for us. He is the most composed player we have in the team. Someone like that is priceless to have in the team.”

Pujara has led much-required strength for India to line-up to full fill with stoke-makers, and also he played his role to perfection to attack in India’s batting in Ranchi.

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He had batted more than 11 hours scoring 199 runs partnership with Wriddhiman Saha in the method to placed India into a situation where they could target a win.

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Because of Pujara’s watertight strike and also extraordinary capacity that play as long innings in Ranchi, he placed down to the visitor’s bowler with his third double century in test cricket.

Kohli added “This season he has been outstanding. He has contributed throughout. He’s not being spoken about or being in the focus too much but I think he deserves much more than that. He’s been outstanding with the bat and I hope he can continue until the last Test match.”

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Saha made his third Test century in Ranchi and tremendous grit and also character, Kohli said “he bats wherever we ask him. He has no problems in batting after or before (Ravichandran) Ashwin. He never says ‘no’. You really feel glad for a guy like him. He’s willing to do anything for the team and put his best foot forward.”

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Australian skipper Steve Smith said on Tuesday India’s incapacity to bowl Aussie in the last match of the third Test might be hurting the hosts. The energy will be with the visitors going into the series-deciding final third Test in Dharamsala.

The 27-year-old Australian captain Smith said at the post-match press conference that “If there’s anything called momentum in cricket it’s probably with us at the moment. India coming today would have expected to bowl us out. I’m sure they’re hurting a little bit.”

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb has scored a gritty unbeaten 72, and Shaun Marsh scored 53 as the middle-order pair place on a match-saving fifth wicket partnership of 124 runs to release Australia out under the testing form in little less than four hours to force a draw.

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Skipper Smith said “I’m very proud. They had magnificent plans. They backed their defence for a long period of time and to see the game out for as long as they did, it was an outstanding performance.”

“I’m really proud of the way they did that. That’s one of the things we’ve been talking about – being resilient and sticking out the touch times. The way Petey (Handscomb) and Shaun 9Marsh) did that was absolutely magnificent.”

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“It’s probably on our side at the moment, but having said that it’s one-all and we’re playing a decider in Dharamsala. The group’s looking forward to it.”

Smith said that with all their beats except for David Warner “It’s great signs for us that everyone is contributing.”

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However, he feels that they were shorts of 100 runs in the first innings, with India’s left-arm spinner Jadeja making a difference of his five for 124 runs spell.

Smith said, “Everyone is in good form, we’ve have a good three Test matches but to be honest we probably left ourselves 100 runs short in the first innings.”

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“We probably should have got ourselves 550 and been able to get in front of the game from there. Thing could have ended a bit differently. But that’s the game of cricket. It’s great to see all the batters working very hard on their plans and are contributing and scoring runs.”

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has struggled to understand who the Wellington Test escaped quickly from New Zealand’s clutch, and he could hardly hide his frustration that spin was middle to their downfall.

Recovering on the starting day to post 268 of Henry Nicholls maiden Test century, on the second innings before lunch New Zealand had South Africa at 94 for six shortly.

The match has turned on a 160 run rise between Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock with the partnership of 57. New Zealand was erased five wickets misshapen for 16 runs in the final session of the third day.

The 26-year-old New Zealand captain Williamson said: “To see it slip away so quickly, today in particular but also back end of yesterday, the frustrating part for us is when you play a side like South Africa, and you do have them under pressure you have to keep them there.”

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“That’s the challenge and you have to do it for a long period of time, and if you don’t, they can change the shape of the match quite quickly. We certainly let it slip very quickly and it went bad quickly.”

Williamson was expressing how his teammate handled South Africa’s spinners on a surface “not offering a lot of turn”.

He could not believe that they had been caught out by the pre-series talk of a pace attack that South Africa might bring to their shores only by a spinner.

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Williamson said “I guess you don’t expect to see much spin here at the Basin when the wickets are a bit green and taking a bit of movement for seamers. Often the spinner’s role is to hold up an end into the wind. For them to take 12 wickets is disappointing.”

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“Credit to them, they did bowl well. But on a surface I thought more suited to the seam bowlers, to lose that many wickets to spin, in the first innings in particular when the ball wasn’t spinning, is something we need to address moving forward,” he added.

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“We spent a bit of time in India when it went square and showed better application than we have in this match. We do need to play it hell of a lot better.”

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The 2nd innings has over for Australia scoring 451 in the first innings day three at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. India’s start their first session with perfect performance. Ravindra Jadeja took his eight wickets haul in his 29th match.

India with 240 runs losing three wickets after lunch in the 3rd Test day 3 in Ranchi.

After an excellent start played by the openers, India lost KL Rahul late in the third session of day 2. Murali Vijay is still not out, and the first session for India is very important to cover the score line.

Vijay comedowns the track and hits it long-on off O’Keefe bowl by shock but clean strike. Skipper Kohli presents in the early morning practice which set to bat at his usual position and seen practicing in the nets.

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Vijay unable to duck Hazlewood short ball which needs to takes it in the body, Pujara could not hit O’Keefe great ball that turns and bounce.

After that, Pat Cummins came into the attack and bowled well in the last one hour in the first session. Murali Vijay achieves his 15 half-centuries in the Test cricket.

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O’Keefe short bowls lovely hits by Pujara through the mid-wicket of a boundary, Kohli is prepared to come next. Indian performance was good in the first hour without losing any wickets.

Another petition, this time for bat-pad, Australian bowler Lyon is confident, but they have on review left while replays show that there was a little deviation, however Lucky escape for Vijay.

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Both the spin bowlers Lyon and O’Keefe are bowling well in right areas, but Vijay gave slog sweep and hit it well of a boundary for four.

Short ball for Pujara make him in a tangle and hit into the air for four. The 100-run partnership goes between Pujara and Vijay.

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Just at the knock of lunch, Vijay tried to come down the track and take the aerial route but failed to make a connection. Matthew Wade did not make a mistake behind the stumps and out Vijay.

India, having lost only one wicket in the first session, they will try to get as much as possible to the Australian 451 runs in the post-lunch session.

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