04:45(IST)Virat Kohli after winning the toss: We are gonna have a bit first. Looks like a pretty good wicket, good covering of grass on it. We have to play good, hard-fought cricket for the next five days. Rohit Sharma is back home. He’s become a father which is a great thing. KL Rahul replaces him at the top of the order. Vihari comes in at six. Kuldeep Yadav comes in place of Ishant Sharma.
04:36(IST)TOSS: India have won the toss and opted to bat first. India have two forced changes. KL Rahul comes in for Rohit Sharma while Kuldeep Yadav comes in for injured Ishant Sharma.
04:35(IST)Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
04:27(IST)“Mere sath bhot nainsafi bhi hui hai (I went through great injustice). They knew I was passionate about cricket so I would take any position. Whenever it was my turn to bat, they would all just go home and I used to cry that they made me do everything but did not let me bat. It was frustrating at times, but with my cricket, he was committed in helping me in every way he could. The fitness freak that Kohli is, he suggested in one of the videos that his favourite form of exercise is resistance training as the form of exercise gives him the right amount of burn on the muscles.
04:22(IST)”Obviously he was very important to me. He never compromised on any of my game and his efforts in that were massive. My father’s efforts as well but I think my brother ensured that none of the things were compromised.” However, Kohli also said he was left ‘frustrated’ a lot of times when he used to play with his brother and his friends as they would never let him bat. “I did not spend much time at home with him as he was doing his own set of things with his own set of friends. I remember I always wanted to be a part of their group because I felt that they were cooler. That curiosity used to be there but they never allowed me as I was too young,” he said.
04:20(IST)Kohli also spoke in length about the impact his older brother Vikas Kohli has had in his life. Although an age gap of seven years, Kohli said his brother in whatever little time he got made sure to take him around to the cricket games as a kid. “My brother is seven years elder to me. He was obviously involved in the business with my dad, but whenever I had a game, he made it a point to take me, watch the game or bring me back when I was really small. When I was older, I used to go by myself,” Kohli said.
04:17(IST)“If someone comes and starts saying things which are too respectful, I crack some joke and be like ‘itna bhi koi serious hone ki zarurat nahi hai’ (you don’t have to be this serious also). So I try to make them comfortable immediately. Because I like the idea of people opening up. “I don’t like the idea of not speaking up or not knowing what’s going on. We should be organic and that’s the way I like it.”
04:14(IST)Virat Kohli has revealed that he cannot relate himself to being a senior in the Indian side insisting he tries to create an atmosphere within the side such that everyone can open up and be ‘organic’ in their approach. “In all honesty, I cannot behave like a senior. I can’t do it even when someone gives me a lot of respect. I can’t relate to myself as a senior cricketer,” said Kohli in a video on his official app ‘Virat Kohli’.
04:04(IST)It’s time for the fourth and final Test between India and Australia at the iconic SCG. India come into the match with a 2-1 lead and have a chance to create history by winning the first ever series in Australia, whereas the home side would like to keep their record intact. Hello and welcome to the live blog for the first day.