India skipper Virat Kohli, after suffering a shoulder injury in the third Test, is not sure about his participation for the series-decider in Dharamsala, which will start on Saturday. Kohli will only feature in the fourth and the final Test if he is 100 per cent fit.
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Kohli, despite the injury, batted in the third Test with his shoulder heavily bandaged. Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has already been called in as Kohli's cover for the fourth Test. Though Kohli might not have been scoring big runs in the Test series so far, his presence, along with his energy on the field, is what India need in such a crucial match.
The right-hander, who did not bat in the nets during the team batting session on Thursday, had a 15-minute session on Friday. Despite that small session, he is not sure of playing in the fourth Test.
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"I am no different from anyone. Me being hundred per cent fit is the only condition that I will take the field. Every match is crucial for me. I want to be hundred per cent fit. Impact injury is an impact injury. I have taken medication. I will still take some more time to decide on whether I will play on not," Kohli said in the press conference.
This has been a forgettable series for Kohli with the bat. The India skipper has scored 46 runs in the series so far, but he is pleased with the way some of the other players like KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara have stood up to the task.
Rahul has scored four half-centuries, while Pujara showcased his skills with a brilliant double hundred in the last Test and a crucial 92 runs in the second innings of the Bengaluru Test . Ravindra Jadeja has also been brilliant with the ball, picking up 21 wickets in the series so far.
"I have not done anything in the series so far. Still team won. Proud how the team has stood up in difficult situations. Pujara has played very well, Saha contributed with the bat ion Ranchi. Jadeja, Rahul, Vijay has performed," Kohli said.
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