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Virat Kohli is known for his onfield battles with the opposition but his coach insists he is a gentleman.

With all said and done, the exchanges between Paine and Kohli were just banter and both did not cross the line.

"What's wrong with his behaviour? He was thereby declared fit by the BCCI and selected for the Test series against Australia", the release further said.

Besides Virat Kohli's consistent batting form, much of India's success in Tests in the last five years has been due to their bowlers. I said that before the last Test as well.

"He can do what he wants", Hazlewood told The Age. We're still focused on how we behave and what we're doing on the field.

"I think he has been picked up along the way and we are delighted to have someone like that around".

But his on-field antics haven't gone down well of late with many.

Former Indian National Cricket Team cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that India should drop KL Rahul for the third Test match against Australia. "He's an outstanding player, he's been our captain, he's a fantastic young bloke". "Obviously, a fantastic player".

Their batting though is not as bad as it was in England and South Africa as Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are also contributing apart from Virat Kohli but the opening combination remains a question.

"Virat is someone who is prepared to wear his heart on his sleeve and like all professional athletes, hates to lose", the wicketkeeper-batsman said. "It's an emotional game", he said.

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"We are 1-1 in a series in Australia and we knew we had our chances in Perth as well, so we are ready", Shastri added.

"The two sides have tremendous bowling attacks, both in good form".

He said he would have taken a knotted scoreline to this point had it been offered before the series began.

"As we are coming near to the World Cup we are left with few ODIs".

"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. We know we have the bowlers that can defend (the total)". Two days earlier coach Ravi Shastri had revealed for the first time how the left-arm spinner had landed in Australia with a stiff shoulder - for which he'd taken an injection previously - felt the stiffness subsequently and then taken another injection.

"When you are millions of miles away, it is very easy to fire blanks", Shastri said of the critics of the selection.

In the coming Test, Mayank Agarwal, who is warming the bench for quite some time now, should get a chance to prove himself at the worldwide stage and if he delivers well then we will get a firm opener along with Prithvi Shaw when he comes back into the side.

For that to happen, India must admit they made serious mistakes when it came to team selection and player fitness management.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, uncapped opener Mayank Agarwal and batsman Rohit Sharma are all options for India to consider.

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