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2014 was going to be a touch year as far as Indian cricket was concerned. After all, when the year began, they were already in South Africa, participating in a two-Test series. This was to be followed by a tour of New Zealand

When the year 2014 kicked off, Cheteshwar Pujara was among the many young Indian batsmen cricket lovers were looking forward to, expecting him to do exceptionally well.

When India resumed play on day two of the opening Test, they had a fair chance of restricting the Australians to a score of under 350, provided they bowled well, which is what they did rather surprisingly on the opening day.

In the preview to the Boxing Day Test, there were plenty of question marks as to whether Shikhar Dhawan should or should not feature in the playing eleven for the must-win third Test.

India tour of Australia: Australia vs India 3rd Test Live Scores at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2014.. Match scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (00:00 GMT).

With the number of players being penalised for the altercation between Indian and Australian players during the course of the two Tests so far, the questions of sledging, gamesmanship and mind games have begun again.

The preview to the Boxing Day Test match has been dominated by the alleged spat between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli as far as the Indians are concerned.

So, the cat finally seems to be out of the bag. The unrest in the dressing room, which MS Dhoni was referring to, during the fourth day of the Test at Gabba in Brisbane was created by the spat between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, if latest news reports are to be believed.

India may be 2-0 down in the series, but there have still been instances of the players showing aggression, trying to unsettle the opponents.