first_imgVirat Kohli said he would not take the field to play India’s series decider against Australia in Dharamsala if he is not entirely fit.Kohli had injured his shoulder during the drawn Ranchi Test last week. He did not take the field for the remainder of Australia’s first innings but came out to bat at his usual number four spot. (Also read: Steve Waugh sees himself and Ricky Ponting in Virat Kohli’s captaincy)India, two days before the fourth and final Test, were forced to call in Shreyas Iyer as cover for their skipper.  (Also read: Shreyas Iyer called up as cover for Virat Kohli ahead of Dharamsala Test)On the eve of the match, Kohli said there would be no special treatment even for the best batsman in the side and added that he would take the field only if he was sure he could last the rigours of a Test match. (Also read: Is Kohli the most hated sportsperson in world? No way, tells Michael Clarke to India Today)”I am not different from anyone else. There’s no special treatment for anyone. I will take the field only if I am 100 per cent fit,” Kohli said at a press briefing. “The rules apply for everyone and they are the same for everyone.”I will play only if I am 100 percent fit, says Captain @imVkohli on the eve of the fourth Test against Australia #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017Kohli did not train with the Indian team on Thursday and restricted himself to underarm throws. advertisementJust getting a feel of things here captain @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017The decision to call up Iyer has more to do with the difficulty involved in flying out a last-minute replacement to Dharamsala, which is situated in the Himalayan foothills.Iyer, 22, was Mumbai’s highest scoring batsman in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy and struck an unbeaten 202 in a first-class match for India A against Australia last month.last_img

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