KL Rahul said India must "stand up and be counted" in the absence of Virat Kohli as they fight it out for a Test series victory over Australia in Dharamsala.
Rahul top scored with 60 on day two, but Nathan Lyon took 4-67 to leave India 52 runs behind on 248-6 in in the fourth and final match of the series.
Captain Kohli was ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained in the third Test, so Ajinkya Rahane is leading the top-ranked side as they attempt to seal a 2-1 win.
Opener Rahul, dropped by Matt Renshaw off Pat Cummins with just 10 to his name, has called on India to show they can cope without their inspirational skipper.
"He always sets great examples for us and he leads from the front," Rahul said of Kohli.
"We need to learn to put our hands up and take the pressure and the responsibility. This game is a good opportunity for the rest of the guys to stand up and be counted."
Rahul rode his luck with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood firing on all cylinders at the start of the India innings on Sunday.
And Rahul described that opening spell from the Australian paceman as the most difficult he has faced in a Test.
"Josh and Cummins in the first session, I can say it's the toughest session I have faced in Test cricket so far. They put the ball in the right areas, they swung the ball and they bowled with a lot of pace and venom." he said.
"I was thoroughly enjoying batting out there in the middle. He was fast, he was accurate.
"This wicket is obviously helping them as well, the conditions were nice and cool, so I guess they could bowl longer spells and didn't get really tired. You can say that he's been the guy who, as a fast bowler, challenged us in this series."