Following the ‘animated’ clash in the second test the two captains, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, resume their battle for test supremacy on Thursday in Ranchi on the third out of four tests in the on-going series between India and Australia.
The number-one ranked test team had been firm favourites at the start of the series but were soundly beaten in the first match, with questions on both batting and bowling performance of the hosts.
India made a comeback won the second Test in Bengaluru to leave the series competitively poised at 1-1. The batting performance of the team, however, still remains a cause for concern.
But, what attracted more audience than the two test matches combined was the DRS-‘drama’ in the second test at Bengaluru.
Steven Smith’s glance to the dressing room when he was deciding whether to review an umpiring decision drew an explosive response from his counterpart Virat Kohli. What followed it were a string of stories, allegations, explanations and comments made by various cricketers, ex-cricketers and experts pointing out at the two captains.
The boards have, however, brokered a meeting between Kohli and Smith ahead of the third test match. BCCI has also withdrawn their complaint against Steven Smith in the same matter.
Having said that, the drama still remains a part of the story and will play a vital role in the match and the series ahead.
With India still struggling to find an effective opening combination, the hosts need Kohli to bring back his much needed form.
While India should be unchanged, Australia are expected to call up Pat Cummins for Starc and Glenn Maxwell or Marcus Stoinis will replace Marsh.
Post Ranchi, the final test of the series starts in Dharamsala from March 25, 2017.