KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scored centuries as India hit back on day three of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney to close on 342 for five replying to Australia's 572 for seven declared.
Often it is said that a batsman in form during a lengthy series is the most dangerous aspect of cricket. He can just carry on throughout and get an amazing run under his belt, certainly if the opposition is kind.
When he celebrates after taking a catch, behind the stumps, flinging the ball high, and jumping up in joy, commentators get excited; excited that they got a glimpse of the excited Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The fifth day of the third Test between Australia and India was set up to be a dramatic one. Rain however played spoilsport in the first session and delayed the declaration. It only came at lunch time as the hosts finished their second innings at 318 for nine at lunch and set India a target of 384 runs. The visitors finished at 174 for six with Dhoni himself holding fort at stumps.
In a surprising decision, Indian captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday announced immediate retirement from Test cricket. Present vice-captain Virat Kohli will lead the team in the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Sydney.
The crackdown on spinners with suspect bowling action continues and the latest casualty is India's left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha who has been banned from bowling in any form of competitive cricket by the Indian Board (BCCI).
If the third Test hung in balance at the end of day one, a man in golden form made sure that it wouldn't be the case at the end of day two. Steve Smith struck his third successive Test hundred, a second consecutive Test hundred in his second game in-charge and his 7th overall in a career spanning 25 matches, wherein he also crossed 2000 runs overall.
In a closely fought series, wherein they have proven Australia to be very vulnerable, India has found themselves at the wrong end of the score-line. They trailed by 2-0 going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and given their past record another series defeat loomed large.