"I have had that opportunity with Australia (in one-dayers) and I have had that opportunity in Big Bash, to play in front of big crowds in your home state is pretty special". With former captain Steve Smith and David Warner sidelined due to their ball-tampering suspensions, Australia are much reduced from their 2015 vintage, however.
Australia took a 1-0 lead into this fiery Bangalore Test previous year and when Nathan Lyon took 8-50 to bamboozle the Indian batsmen for 189, it looked like the tourists would go 2-0 up.
Kohli heads into series as the world's premiere batsman, sitting on top of the International Council's Test and one-day batting rankings and leading the way for runs scored in both formats this year. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin may remember a similar schooling the last time the Test team toured Australia in 2014/15.
One statistic which should send chills down the spines of Australian cricket fans is this: of current, eligible, players there's only one Australian who has scored a Test century against India.
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Paine reiterated his confidence that a four-bowler attack would be good enough to see Australia through this first Test. Ashwin has played six Tests in Australia, having claimed 21 wickets at an average of 54.71.
"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level. I think it will be a good contest". Be it Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, England's Graeme Swann, India's Harbhajan Singh - all have struggled to replicate their success when playing in a Test in Australian conditions.
The gap between the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the final match in Sydney is also short, so there may will be a role to play for reserve seamers Peter Siddle and his uncapped Victoria teammate Chris Tremain. "Travis Head bowls some handy off spinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", he said. "I think we'll obviously have a chat about him before the game starts". However, it wasn't the case in upcoming Australia vs. India 2018 series, as BCCI refused the proposal.
"And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit". The India batsman has played an attacking stroke to 24.8 per cent of his balls from the man they call "Garry" - more than against any other Australia bowler.
"Shaun Marsh keeps peeling them off in every format and every game he plays".