Jadeja was absolutely fit for Australia tour: MSK Prasad

Jadeja was absolutely fit for Australia tour: MSK Prasad

This became obvious when Ravi Shastri was asked about Ravindra Jadeja's exclusion from the playing XI in the last Test at Perth where Nathan Lyon was Man of the Match after picking up eight wickets.

Ashwin sustained a left-sided abdominal strain ahead of the Perth Test while Rohit jarred his lower back when he was fielding in the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Amid the selection debate, Kohli but has vowed to maintain his typical passionate style in the pivotal MCG clash.

Kohli's heated exchanges with his Australian counterpart Paine in the second Test have been a subject of discussion. KL Rahul scored (2 & 44) and (2 & 0) and Murali Vijay got scores of (11 & 18) and (0 & 20) in the first two fixtures. "Otherwise, the bowlers won't be able to do anything with the totals that we have been compiling", skipper Kohli said on the eve of the third Test.

Asked about his take on how he has been perceived over the years, Kohli seemed nonchalant. That's in the past. "We are starting afresh", he said.

"Third time lucky. That's all I'll say", Shastri quipped. I said that before the last Test as well. I am sure Tim and myself both understand what happened and don't want to do something unnecessary.

"With regards to Rishabh, given the intensity of this series that we are playing right now, so after this series, we want to keep him fresh. Pandya is fit", International Cricket Council quoted the coach, as saying.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is the most high profile name to openly question the Test leadership credentials of Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri after successive selection blunders denied the Indians a shot at victory in South Africa, England and Australia. "The way I am batting, from Adelaide to Perth, the mindset I was in to counter attack and the rhythm I was batting in, maybe 100 or even 200 can come", said the 30-year-old.

"I hope it does as much as it did in the first two games because as a side we are always in for a result that way".

"I guess Rohit is fit because he batted yesterday in the net and he is looking really good".

Shastri revealed Jadeja had needed an injection in his shoulder shortly after he arrived in Australia and the team management had opted not to risk playing him in Perth. He said the key to success on foreign pitches was mental determination. He also said Jadeja was only 70-80% fit in Perth before going on to add he would be picked in Melbourne if he is 80% fit.

"What I do or how I think, I am not going to take a banner outside to the world and explain that this is who I am and you need to like me or stuff like that".

"It's something you sit in your room and work on". All I can think of is probably he has all these insecurities about not doing well in the recent past, those gremlins are all in your mind, you are constantly thinking about when is my big innings coming through, maybe those thoughts are in your mind and you are not watching the ball as closely enough from the hand. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

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