Amitabh hits back at Aussie media for labeling Kohli 'Trump'

Virat Kohli has been drawn into multiple confrontations throughout the Australia series

"Virat personally would like to go in as 100 per cent fit because that is what you will expect from any other player of the team but if the side feels that he is a must for this deciding game then they might want to convince him", the former India opener said.

Earlier, the national team management had called up young Mumbai top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer as cover for Kohli.

We must give more time to take the call with my physio (physiotherapist) he added.

As unsexy as such talk of defence and containment can be, Smith's plans have put him within touching distance of becoming the first Australian captain since Adam Gilchrist in 2004 to lead a series victory in India.

The general practice with players nursing such injuries is to take a cortisone injection that reduces inflammation of a specific joint or tendon so that they can keep playing for the time being.

"It's another game of cricket, one-all in the series and a lot to play for in this game".

Smith, whose leadership has developed immensely since the horrors of Hobart last November, cares more about the future. The on-field skirmishes spilled over, creating bitter acrimony between the two sides.

In the existing backdrop, the Test promises to have every single ingredient that a cricket insane Indian would want.

"They, themselves, might not have thought they would be at this point three games in", Gilchrist told Reuters in an interview in Melbourne.

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Most important was Smith leading by example, Gilchrist said.

But tomorrow will be a different day and different occasion. 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.

Indian broadcaster Star Sports aired footage of Smith celebrating the wicket of Kohli, a mock holding his shoulder.

Cheteshwar Pujara once again needs to grind the opposition out while Murali Vijay would need to show monk-like calmness in pressure situation.

However, the bowling department will remain a cause for concern as Ishant Sharma's lack of wickets have hurt India badly. If that is the case, Shami's inclusion in the playing XI will not be a surprise.

Rival captain Steve Smith said India would still be in very good hands if Kohli was forced out of action, with Ajinkya Rahane having proved his credentials as a stand-in during the Ranchi Test. The series decider starts this Saturday - whoever wins will have much to say at the media conferences to follow. 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.

"Even batting out the last day in the third Test, that was a huge achievement".

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".

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