Kohli to take late call on Shami


India captain Virat Kohli will not take any risks with Mohammed Shami, whose fitness is a concern ahead of the fourth Test against England in Mumbai.

Shami spent just under 16 months away from international cricket after undergoing knee surgery in May 2015, making his comeback in the first Test against West Indies in Antigua last July.

The fast bowler did not train on Tuesday due to a complaint in the joint and a decision over his place in the team for the start of play on Thursday will be taken late.

"Shami, we are going to take a call in the evening in terms of how he is feeling with his knee," said Kohli.

"After the Mohali Test I think he felt a bit of soreness in his knee, so we need to take a collective call on that because he has a history of knee surgery.

"We don't want to push a player to an extent where we lose him for the whole season, so we'll take a call as I said in the evening as to how much rest he needs or if he can go for tomorrow as well, so there's still a bit of time for that to be decided."

Should Shami be ruled out, however, Kohli is confident India have enough depth in their pace attack to remain a potent force.

"Whoever has stepped in has given match-winning performances," he said.

"The two times Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] has come in, in Saint Lucia once, and in Kolkata once, he has picked up five wickets and became a match-winner for us.

"I'm not worried at all because the guys sitting outside are waiting for opportunities, which is I think a great sign for the team and that's why whoever has played at any stage has given those performances for us because they're pretty keen to step on to the field and grab the opportunity with both hands."

Spinner Jayant Yadav made his India debut in the second Test at Visakhapatnam, and Kohli has been impressed by the 26-year-old.

"He's pretty confident of his skills, it's pretty evident and it can only come with professionalism," said the skipper.

"He practices his skills very well, he's fit, he understands the game, he's an intelligent guy, so a great package for team India.

"In years to come, you'll see a lot more match-winning performances from him. He's got all the skills needed to be very good Test player. I've been really impressed."