Kohli did not stop there and further went on to praise all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who returned with nine wickets and also contributed with the bat with an unbeaten 54. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. When Matt Renshaw and skipper Steven Smith were dismissed early, they were staring down the barrel.
Ranchi: India may now be toiling in the Jharkhand Ccricket Association Stadium in Ranchi, but former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was seen watching the national side's gripping contest against Australia on the fifth day of their third Test against Australia, in his home town.
"I haven't really thought about it", he said. As Sharma ran in to bowl the first ball, Renshaw withdrew himself from the stump. "So what happens on the day is important".
Shaun Marsh and Peter Handsomb would knuckle down though and ultimately do enough to save the game and set up a series decider in Dharamsala. Pujara, who was involved in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight partner Murali Vijay (82), was holding the innings together with his 11th Test century.
Talking about the game, Kohli mentioned that they did really well and managed to put a good amount of pressure on the Aussies that on the final day they played to draw the game.
Kohli dismissed suggestion that he underbowled off-spinner Ashwin - who is now the top-ranked Test bowler - while persisting with Jadeja, who claimed nine wickets in the match.
Or did it? Hazlewood half-heartedly appealed the attempt along with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and captain Steve Smith at first slip, but the edge wasn't challenged and play continued until commentators picked up Gaffaney's clever move moments later. It's fine when you find that you are not in a position to win then it's better to save the game and live to fight for another day. It is the most overs delivered by an Australian in a Test innings since Jim Higgs' 79.4 overs against England in 1979. "Now they have an opportunity to win the series", he said.
The resolute Pujara made 202 (21x4) - his third Test double century - and Saha came up with a typically feisty 117 (233b, 8x4, 1x6), his third Test century. Smith has manged to score just 105 runs off 320 balls at the strike rate of 32.82, while facing Jadeja. "I did not know, that sounds a lot!"
Smith failed to play a shot to a sharp-turning delivery from Jadeja in Monday's morning session, while Warner was clean bowled by a near-unplayable ball from Jadeja the previous night.
"It's amusing", Kohli said, flashing a exhausted smile.
Smith said the pitch played better than it looked and added, "Pujara and Saha batted exceptionally well".
It ended with the visitors sitting pretty at 5-187 in the final session, needing only to avoid the most cataclysmic of collapses. After the India-South Africa Test in Bangalore last home season (November 2015), off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had said the ball was losing shape too quickly. Ranchi's debut Test was a hit and like fans, Kohli and his team walked off gleamingly, if not satisfyingly.