The on-field skirmishes spilled over, creating bitter acrimony between the two sides.
Injuries have become a major concern for the hosts as they have been loosing players consistently throughout the home season. "What Virat did, even (Steven) Smith would have", Clarke was quoted as saying by India Today on Wednesday.
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. Kohli, still suffering with shoulder trouble, will undergo a fitness test tomorrow to determine his availability for that decider. But that didn't stop Kohli from giving an animated send-off to Aussie batsman David Warner, which prompted a fan to call him "an arrogant stain on the game".
The visitors' bid to conquer cricket's mission impossible has been boosted by Virat Kohli's shoulder injury and a Dharamsala deck that nearly resembles an Australian pitch.
This will be a welcoming news for Steven Smith's side, who managed to escape the third game in Ranchi with a draw after last day heroics from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh. His shoulder injury he encountered on Day 1 of Ranchi Test has been haunting him since. I don't know the magnitude of the risk.
After that, the India skipper attempted to bat against couple of gentle throwdowns before quickly giving up on the idea and joined Kumble to have a look at the pitch. This time around he will be ready with the strategies beforehand.
"(Rahane) was probably a bit more chilled out on the field", Smith said.
Gone are those days when one Test would make or break India careers, and a gutsy performance from Iyer would certainly put a stamp on his temperament as the talent part is well documented. He played an aggressive innings surviving the sledges of the Australians and attacking the bowlers, hitting them for fours and sixes all over the park.
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Meanwhile, it was learnt that Shami doesn't have a chance to be picked for the game.
But he knows Australia will have no hesitation testing out his injury, especially if the Dharamsala pitch offers as much pace and bounce as the curator is predicting.
"Our pitch is one of the most hard ones for the batsmen [when facing fast bowlers] in Ranji Trophy, and its nature won't be altered".
Kohli praised Australian performance.
"There's a confidence there that guys are able to play in these conditions. we're in a good position, we've got to play well this week". India and Australia have won a match each while drawing the third one. On the other hand, India are standing pretty on No.1 in rankings, ready to recieve a million U.S. dollars.
The cricketer has also gotten support from former Australian players like Brad Hogg, who wrote in his blog forThe NewDaily, "Virat is an exuberant and emotional character who trains so hard at his cricket".