Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that the Virat Kohli-led team can even win the first cricket Test if they remain in a positive frame of mind despite another good batting show by the home team on the fourth day of the encounter.
Left facing a big lead on the fourth day of the first Test against Australia, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane today said that his team will have to be calm and patient on the fifth and final day to remain in contention.
He might have made scoring look easy on the Adelaide track by notching centuries in each innings, but David Warner said that the pitch is not placid anymore and his team is determined to take all 10 Indian wickets on the final day of first cricket Test tomorrow.
All eyes were on Virat Kohli as he went out in the middle to play his first innings as an Indian Test captain. The right-hander suffered a huge blow on the helmet first ball, but it didn't hamper his confidence as he went on to slam a superb century on Day 3 of the Adelaide Test.
Debutant leg-spinner Karn Sharma has praised the Indian team management, particularly skipper Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri, for encouraging him ahead of the first Test versus Australia here on Tuesday.
Coming in the wake of Phillip Hughes' tragic death, an emotional David Warner on Tuesday said his innings of 145 runs on day one of the first cricket Test against India was the "best knock" of his career and would stay with him for the rest of his life.
India batsman Rohit Sharma says he is confident of his team putting up a good show in the first Test against Australia as past two weeks' stay here and two tour-games have helped them get familiar with the conditions.
The death of Phillip Hughes will inevitably cast a long shadow over Australia`s delayed series against India when it finally gets underway next week at the former test batsman`s last home ground, Adelaide Oval.
Warning that Australia will play a "hard game" to win the Test series for their departed teammate Phil Hughes, Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram has said India will certainly find it tough against the hosts who will go all out to come up trumps.
Recovering from the shock of Phillip Hughes' tragic death, Australian coach Darren Lehmann is hoping that the distraught cricketers would honour the late batsman's memory by playing the opening Test against India here even though they are under no pressure to turn up.
The first cricket Test between India and Australia is all set to be rescheduled as three of the senior cricketers in Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin are amongst those who have already said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket.