"Not regretting anything but a little disappointed that I haven't been able to convert the starts into big runs for my team", the opener said after India reached 248-6 in reply to Australia's first innings total of 300.
India captain Virat Kohli was inevitably the most popular figure among fans on Saturday morning, though it was nearly evident the previous evening itself that he wouldn't play this fourth and final Test against Australia. Kohli, who has been compared in the Australian press to US President Donald Trump, has especially come under scrutiny both over his form and his conduct under pressure.
"I can say it has been the toughest session I have faced in Test cricket so far", the 24-year-old said, having debuted at the Boxing Day Test in 2014 when he faced an attack spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris. "Coming over here, everyone wrote us off and to be in this position in the last Test, one-all and pressure slightly on India is fantastic".
"There is a bit of a grass, but there are cracks and craters".
Gavaskar gave an example of asking Kapil Dev to play on the final day of a Test match in Melbourne in 1981 even though the legendary pacer was not fully fit. Australia were 40-odd and three wickets down and they needed to score 100-odd runs to win the Test.
Mathew Wade (13 not out) put on 30 runs with Smith as Australia passed 200 in the 57th over. India survived the final over without loss.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, replacing fellow paceman Ishant Sharma, swung the first ball of the match to induce an edge from Warner but Karun Nair spilled it at third slip. The series is now locked at 1 nil.
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The Uttar Pradesh player disturbed Peter Handscomb's stumps and then bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with a brilliant googly to peg back Australia.
"Me playing or not playing shouldn't make so much of a difference to the other 10 guys because they have a responsibility to fulfil as well".
With regular skipper Virat Kohli missing the match with a shoulder injury, the Rahane-led team took a bold decision to go with five bowlers.
This was Australia touring India, but it was a lot like India touring Australia.
He also got stuck by a snorter from Cummins that hit him on the helmet but the feisty cricketer didn't show any discomfort. As Warner was trying to hold one end up, Smith enjoyed scoring boundaries to bring the 100 for Australia in the 25th over.
Nathan Lyon optimised the extra bounce the surface offered and dented India's charge with four wickets, including those of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
Warner, who was dropped first ball of the game, was still well below his best but rode his luck to hit his first half-century of the series.
Kohli was unable to bat in the nets this week and only able to take throw downs.