Squaring off with India once again after a fiercely fought Test series, left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc predicted an intense contest against the same opponents in their cricket tri-series match here on Sunday.
He "hates" defeats but Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said he was not too disappointed by the Test series loss to Australia as his team put up a tough fight, displaying "intent and character" all through.
India overcame some anxious moments on a tricky fifth day track before salvaging a tense draw in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia who sealed the four-match series with a 2-0 margin, here on Saturday.
Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said while India's batting line-up for the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup looks formidable, the all-rounders in the side are expected to play a major role in defending the title at the quadrennial extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand.
New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.
Brilliance of Murali Vijay continues to hog the limelight in Australia. The Indian opener on Saturday posted yet another half-century to help the tourists close Day 2 at 108 for 1, keeping themselves in the match and series.
Captain Steve Smith cracked his third successive century with a heroic 192 as Indian bowlers put up a poor show to allow Australia post a mammoth first innings total of 530 and gain control of the third cricket Test here today.
Not too impressed with the Indian cricket team, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden feels the tourists do not seem to believe that they can win away from home and have gone "missing" during key moments of the ongoing Test series.
After two days of cricket, India had the upperhand in the second cricket Test -- and the advantage was stretched further on the third morning, but the Australian tail came to the rescue and gave the hosts a 97-run lead by the end of their innings Friday.