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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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After leveling 1-1 the four-match Tests series in Bengaluru, India takes on Australia in the third Test series at Ranchi. Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

After a brilliant fight in Bengaluru while India defeated Australia by 75runs to level the test series at 1-1, both the team were playing their third Test match at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

The Test match was started with the well foundation by Australia scoring 44 for 0 wickets. A lot of action in the first hour of the event, India has got their first break in the form of Warner, delivery of Jadeja, who took first wickets in the third Test of the four-test series.

Australian first wickets drop 61 runs after 14 overs. Afterward, Smith gets into the act and hits Jadeja spin to pick up a boundary. After losing Warner Australia going nicely and coming thick and faster.

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Umesh comes back into the attack for his second spell; he again finds the edge, however, this time it carries the first slip, Renshaw walks back after scoring 44 by Umesh delivery.

Marsh out for two runs by Ashwin, India is coming back with sharply after Australia went off to flying start.

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Umesh was with a big shout for LBW into the Handscomb, but replays show that it was missing the leg. Jadeja comes back on the attack and replaces Ashwin.

This session India come back with well after went off to a flyer with Warner. Jadeja to bowl from the other end; however the visitor still maintaining a healthy run-rate after losing three wickets in the first session of the third Test in Ranchi.

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Australian skipper Smith played well with soft hands, but Kohli chase to save the boundary but in the process, the captain got hurt himself. Kohli walks off the field, but nothing serious after physio help.

Smith makes his 21st fifty in Test cricket and going well in Ranchi third Test. It was an excellent from Umesh Yadav into the right-hander Handscomb.

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Smith is really playing well as captain score 80 runs not-out. He gets into the position and guides it through the backward point for a boundary off Ishant Sharma.

Before tea break, Smith is looking good for the visitors; Maxwell has good in his brief stay at the line. Australia with 194 for 4 in 59 overs, Steve Smith not-out with 80 runs and Glenn Maxwell with 19 runs.

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Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has taken a tunnel to Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his forceful outlook on the field. A couple of days back, Australian former cricketer Matthew Hayden appears in Kohli’s support, honouring him for being ‘passionate and respectful’ towards the match.

However, now Kohli has set up support in former Australian captain Michael Clarke.

Talking at the launch of his autobiography titled “My Story,” in Kolkata, Clarke said about the example when Koh and his team director Ravi Shastri and also coach Duncan Fletcher had attended former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’s funeral.

The 35-year-old Clarke, who led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup triumph, praises Kohli’s sign of presence Hughes funeral in his hometown of Macksville highly.

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The first of the four Tests of the series between India and Australia in the year 2014 was also cancelled from 4th December to 9th December in Adelaide.

Clarke said “The way (Virat) handled that situation; he came for the funeral and has some of the Indian players too. I have utmost respect for him because of that. This is clearly above the game of cricket and they didn’t need to postpone the game.”

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“They could not have turned up for the funeral. They didn’t have to do anything that they did. I will always remember that.”

Clarke said that still, he has Hughes’s phone number saved on his mobile. He said the reason he wrote the book about the incident to show his family and the whole world.

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“It’s still very emotional for me to talk about. The incident is one of the reasons for me to write the book. To get through that period, I spent that time writing it to show his family and the world how I feel.”

“I feel it a big part of my responsibility to be Australian cricket captain and lead from the front for my teammate. Apart from that, it’s a big responsibility as one of Phillip’s closest friends to be there for his family and for his other friends.”

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“I don’t think I did anything different than he would have done for me if I had been in his position. It took me longer to accept he is not there. I still have his mobile phone number in my phone. It’s still very hard for me to fathom that he is no longer with us,” he added.

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After losing the 1st Test match against Australia, Captain Kohli seems very angry through the second Test match. After India’s superb came back in the last innings of second Test, Indian team forced Australia to defeat by 75 runs.

Australian former wicket-keeper Ian Healy criticized Captain Kohli’s behavior. But former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar defended Indian Captain Virat Kohli after Ian Healy’s criticizing comment.

After India’s win in the second Test match, Shoaib Akhtar said, “We have 1.2 billion people in India, and one person doesn’t make a difference.”

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 The 28-years Delhi batsman said, “And also I think you should go and search on YouTube when he was given out in Centurion down the leg side. I heard he said something about me not having good behavior with the umpires. I think you all should YouTube that video.”
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Captain Kohli got support from Akhtar who gave a long comment about it on Twitter.

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At Melbourne radio station SEN, the 119-Test veteran player said, “The pressure is starting to tell on (Kohli). I’m losing respect for him. He’s got to be a lot more respectful of his opponents. The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable.”.

“I’ve said in the past, he (Kohli) is the best batsman I’ve ever seen. His feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good (in the past), especially when he was not captain. It would lead his team with him. They’re timider than they look and they let on, the Indian cricketers.”

The former Australian Healy said, “So Kohli’s aggression was good for them. But I think it’s not good for them anymore. He’s putting some pressure on (his players). You can read pressure all over Ravichandran Ashwin’s face. I think there are massive cracks showing in (Kohli).”

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Former Australian captain Micheal Clarke had arrived down tough on Steve Smith when present skipper required help from the dressing room on a DRS (Decision Review System) call on the second Test of the fourth day in Bengaluru on March 7 on Tuesday.

Aussie captain Smith was attentive in front by Umesh Yadav leaving Australia at 74 for 4. After then he walked just before the non-striker Peter Handscomb to take his views about reviewing the decision.

After a short discussion, both the batsman turned towards the dressing room with Captain Smith making a hand signal to point out what should they do.

Umpire, Nigel Llong, quickly showed the spot intention and gave Smith the marching orders, after that Smith turned left against Virat Kohli and Co. furious.

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As per the Law, any batsman can only talk to his partner before taking the decision of DRS but can ask for help from the umpires. Clarke feels that if Australia has been asking for help from the dressing room, then that’s “unacceptable.”

Clarke said to India Today that “I want to find out from the Australian team if they’re using the DRS in that way if they are then that is unacceptable. My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened with Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb … actually suggests to Steve Smith to turn around and have a look at the support staff.”

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“If it is only a one-off, I don’t think that would have happened. The fact that Peter Handscomb is even thinking about telling the Australian captain to turn around and look to the support staff, I’ve got my concerns.”

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Clarke said while fronting the media after the game, Kohli said that he also noticed this in the first two days of the Test and informed the match referee and umpires.

“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it has happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that’s why the umpire was at him,” he exposed.

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He added, “When he turned back, the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop.”

After this drama, India closes the game by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1, now next third Test will be held in Ranchi.

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Indian veteran skipper Virat Kohli has the honour to his team after an incredible win in Bengaluru and levels the series as 1-1. Kohli told at the post-match conference that “Our player showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility and the way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable.”

Kohli gives an insight into the attitude of the team, “The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance,” he said.

“We would have liked anything over 200; we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now.”

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The 28-year-old also said set off his batting unit for showing lots of gravel and willpower, “After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock in the end, Ishant’s application that was a bonus.”

The Pune’s match has hit the team hard, a man of the match KL Rahul has come with an impressive performance.

“After that first loss, to come here and do what we did is really really special. We have achieved a lot but this win for a young team will be really really special,” Kohli said.

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“I have played all my cricket here. I told them if we get 150 lead we will win by 30. We knew the third day was the best day to bat on, and the approach from us was brilliant.”

Rahul said about missing out on a hundred, “Openers need to get big runs. This was a disappointment, but now that we have won, that disappointment is gone.”

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“My shoulder gets quite sore, I can’t dive, and I have to restrict a couple of shots. It is not such a bad thing. I can bat within myself. I am enjoying batting with the problem,” Rahul said.

Losing skipper Australian Steve Smith feels that the second Test against India was a great test match.

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“Certainly the match ebbed and floed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren’t up for it today,” said Smith.

“It was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quicks throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy. Series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi,” he added.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that shameful losing in the first Test in Pune would not affect their mind when they play their second Test against Australia in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The 28-year-old veteran skipper Kohli said that he was confident that his team would play well back in Bengaluru after losing their first Test in Pune.

On Friday, Kohli said at the pre-match press conference that “We have the belief that we can win this series. I can assure you that everyone is taking this as a massive challenge and everyone is raring to turn things around in this series and play the kind of cricket we all know that we can play and not take a backward step at any stage.”

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India has won in West Indies and Srilanka also they beat New Zealand, South Africa, England and Bangladesh for six straight series wins. But in Pune was shocked losing their first Test which people was expecting that they will steamroll the visitors.

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Kohli said “Sometimes these defeats are necessary. It is very rare that the whole team fails to contribute…Pune was one of those days. Pune was a disappointment because of the way we played, not that we lost but the way we lost. When you don’t have enough intent and you lose the game, that’s when it hurts you.”

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“The defeat gives you an opportunity to understand what are the things we need to work on. Sometimes when you win, you don’t focus on everything because somebody or the other steps up. That’s always a good sign. But we cannot take anything for granted at any stage. It was not a set back…these things are also important in your Test journey,” he added.

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He also said about young all-rounder player Jayant Yadav performance; he said “Jayant has been outstanding. He has been brilliant, very intelligent. All of us go through the grind. Pune wasn’t his best game, but I won’t judge as he has played too little. He knows how to turn things around and will get back into the zone.”

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