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India vs Australia 2018: Virat is an absolute gentleman, says Ravi Shastri

India vs Australia 2018: Virat is an absolute gentleman, says Ravi Shastri

In the ongoing series against Australia too, the second Test in Perth all but proved that India's batting has been the main reason behind their downfall in overseas Tests.

"It's out of our control". The MCG pitch offered little for bowlers of any stripe in the drawn Ashes test previous year, being rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council in an embarrassment for the organisers.

When asked whether he was aware of Jadeja taking the injection before and during the tour, the former wicket-keeper said: "Whenever a health issue comes up, we have a group in which it is being placed".

Later, when Murali Vijay was batting with Kohli in the second innings, Paine told the opener, "I know he's your captain, but you can't seriously like him as a bloke". "For me, what has worked for me is being comfortable where I am playing, not necessarily looking at how hard the wicket is but if you are able to feel comfortable there, you are more or less in control of what you want to do", he said. The statements the two have made can not be reconciled, and at some point they will have to answer to someone.

Asked whether was under pressure for his verbal duels with his Australian counterpart, Shastri dismissed such reports, claiming the Indian captain's behaviour has been "fantastic".

But his on-field antics haven't gone down well of late with many.

India go into the Melbourne showdown with Kohli and number three Cheteshwar Pujara is fine form, effectively carrying their team during the Adelaide and Perth games. "What I do or what I think, I am never going to take a banner outside to the world and explain myself that this is who I am, you need to like me and stuff like that".

1. On the MCG pitch
India with 2 injury concerns ahead of 3rd tes...

"We are quite happy coming to Melbourne at 1-1".

"Kohli had clearly mentioned that it was the conditions that prompted the four-pacers-no-spinner strategy, while Shastri kept harking on Jadeja's fitness, saying that "it was their only dilemma" before the Perth Test", the article said.

India and Australia will play their third Test from December 26 to 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In the remaining two Tests, it is advisable that Kohli first secure the trophy before cocking a snook at the opposition, media or whoever the Indian management feels is against them.

Shastri hit back at those in India who had criticised the non-selection of Jadeja when Ashwin was unavailable. Responsibility and accountability have to be taken by the top order.

"It is the kind of balance that you need when you go and play overseas". "Still felt stiff in the shoulder, and he was injected again and it takes time to settle".

Travis Head was dismissed before the close for 19 after needlessly guiding a wide Shami delivery to deep third man, in a mirror-image of his first-innings dismissal.

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