With India coming home from a resounding success in Sri Lanka, in which they won all three Test matches, all five ODI matches, and the lone Twenty20 match, there is an expectation that good form will be built on and that a vulnerable Australian side could provide the flawless cannon fodder for Kohli's men.
On the eve of the ODI series opener against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a special video by Kohli, with the skipper talking about being an idol. Will Pat Cummins and KL Rahul have a drink after the glares? Players need to adapt to what the team needs more often. "I don't put myself under pressure in terms of achieving a landmark", he said. However, the Australians are known for their fighting spirit and other players are expected to step up in the absence of Starc and Hazlewood. The people will however be looking forward for his best performance once again.
Even though he reached the ground with the team on Saturday, Axar stayed away from training -clearly indicating that things aren't quite well.
Two months later, India also defeated Australia in the Group Stage match in the 2016 World Twenty20 back at home.
India have relied more on their wrist spinners in one-day internationals than the celebrated duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both teams would like to start the series with the victory, but both teams are aware that it will not be easy. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would do a fantastic job.
India's probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma (vc), Virat Kohli (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. He continued his form in the warm-up game and, once he gets going, we all know the result.
Australia have lost Aaron Finch to a calf injury ahead of the 1st ODI against Australia. The 36-year-old looks certain to add to his 301 ODI caps on Sunday but questions marks remain on whether he is worthy of a place in the World Cup squad.