Virat Kohli is taking nothing for granted as India try to win a series in Australia. The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.
Pundits once bracketed Kohli alongside Australia's Steve Smith, Joe Root from England and New Zealand's Kane Williamson as the batsmen who would go on to dominate world cricket but the India skipper's prolific run-scoring form and consistency has set him apart from the rest.
"Last time here, we really enjoyed batting together a lot, especially at the MCG", Rahane recalled.
"I think we'll obviously have a chat about him before the game starts".
Regaining respect is not something Virat Kohli need worry about, with the captain and his number one-ranked team idolised in the cricket-mad nation.
However, Head felt that left-hander Nielsen handled "world-class bowler" Ashwin pretty well in the lone tour match and, therefore, he is planning to have word with him ahead of the opening Test. cricket.com.au quoted Head as saying, Harry played well against him yesterday so when he gets home off the plane I'll have a word to him.
"But it will be a fresh start and I don't want to focus too much on what I have done in the past, I would like to stay in the present".
Pujara said that India's current pace attack is among the best to come out of the country and the rich bench strength was probably due to the Indian Premier League. Will India be able to finally shed the poor travellers' tag and win the Test series in Australia for the first time? Combative KohliPrevious series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre.
"But one thing we are sure about is playing competitive cricket". Ravi Ashwin's Test bowling average of 54 in Australia showed no signs of abating at the SCG having leaked 2-122 from 40 overs against the CA XI.
"Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything. Our bowlers know what they have to do", he said.
After naming a 12-man team on Wednesday, India opted to play hard-hitting batter Rohit Sharma, with all-rounder Hanuma Vihari missing out.
RICKY Ponting has told Australia not to "let anyone bully the way" they go about playing their cricket, encouraging the home side to impose themselves against Virat Kohli through "hostile body language".
"The trainer and physio have been monitoring the workload so depending on that we thought it is best to take a break and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test match".