Drama, anxiety and speculation; the Virat Kohly injury saga was proved to be tantalisingly agonising for the Indian fans. And the bomb finally dropped this morning, when Ajinkya Rahane walked out for the toss instead of captain Kohli.
Kohli had injured his shoulder while fielding during Australia’s first innings in Ranchi, and couldn’t recover in time for the decider. Kuldeep Yadav was drafted in instead of the captain and has had a good start to his test career, getting rid of the dangerous Warner with a beautiful one that bounced a little extra.
Virat Kohli’s absence would definitely hurt the Indian side even though Kohli hasn’t been in the best of form throughout this series. But Kohli’s presence on the field and the way he motivates his troops would be something that India would dearly miss in the field.
Rahane has taken on the mantle of leading the side and while he is very different in his approach than Virat Kohli, and far less animated, India would be hoping that his methods can help India get over the line against this stiff Australian challenge.
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