VIrat Kohli had mentioned yesterday that he will not play if he is not 100% fit. As things turned out the way he predicted it was Mumbaikar Ajinkya Rahane who walked out for the toss today with Steve Smith at Dharamshala. Shreyas Iyer has also been drafted in the squad as a backup, but he did not make his debut as India preferred to go with chinaman Kulpdeep Yadav to bolster their bowling.
Jinx as Ajinkya is popularly known in the dressing room has captained in various domestic matches as well as India A squads against England earlier this year. MCA committee member Vinod Deshpande was elated at seeing Ajinkya walk out for the toss today and said that he was confident that Ajinkya will do a good job in the absence of Virat at Dharamshala.