Don’t judge Virat Kohli on attitude: Kapil Dev

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The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.

The image of the gentleman's game took a beating when rookie Australia opener Cameron Bancroft was caught on television cameras while apparently trying to alter the condition of the ball with a piece of sandpaper on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

The former Test captain has been perhaps Australian coach Justin Langer's most influential mentor and the rare public airing of his opinions and beliefs often carries significant weight.

He has earned plenty of praise for his analysis segments through the three Tests staged thus far - India's series opening win at Adelaide, when Australia levelled at Perth then when Virat Kohli's men triumphed at Melbourne.

"It's inhuman or impossible to keep going on without niggles and I think it's fine to have a few niggles here and there". "Whether it's the system ... whether it's something we've got to change in our psyche, I'm not sure".

Talk about Bumrah's transformation from a white-ball bowler to a match-winner in red-ball cricket, Kohli said:"I think the fact that he was showing unbelievable levels of energy and fitness in white-ball cricket and hence he was so good because he was not giving runs with the new ball".

"But I've had some pretty unbelievable people around to be supportive and help along the way".

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Australia fear a spin-friendly pitch will play into India's hands but, if this season is anything to go by, it will be more of a batsman's paradise.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hit a gritty 63 in the first innings at Melbourne, is not available after jetting back to Mumbai to be with his wife who recently gave birth.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was also on the squad list and could play alongside finger-spinner Ravindra Jadeja if Ashwin is not fit and India opt for two slow bowlers.

Diana, however, slammed the appointment of Raman but failed to find any takers as the CoA chief Vinod Rai has hardly been found on the same page with Diana on a number of issues, which has led to the continuous administrative mismanagement in the BCCI. But he said the Smith and Bancroft interviews were not a distraction to the Test team.

"That's a real area I feel I need to get better at, just adapting between the formats". Even in this game they had to put in more effort because of the nature of the pitch. Not only at home but they also travel really well. "We'll see how they line up", he added.

'We've obviously got Tim Paine at the moment, who is doing a brilliant job and I think it's his for a long time now.

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