While Kohli during his pre-match press conference claimed that he was not focussing on creating history by becoming the captain of an Indian team which is the first to win a Test series Down Under, the final scoreline in India's favour will surely place in him in an enviable league.
Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.
Foxtel Sports and Kayo Sports will live stream the final Test for the Australian viewers.
As far as Ishant Sharma is concerned, it has been confirmed that the lanky fast-bowler will miss the Sydney Test as he is facing discomfort in his ribs after the extended spell in Melbourne.
After leveling the series with a 146-run win in the second test in Perth, the Australians were again outplayed in Melbourne on a wicket where India won the toss and batted for the first two days to set up victory.
Which 11 players will take up that challenge will not be known until Thursday's toss but what is certain is that batsman Rohit Sharma, who has returned home for the birth of his first child, and injured quick Ishant Sharma will not be among them.
As per a report by Cricket Australia, Ashwin, who was not fit enough to take part in the Boxing Day Test match, took part in a solo session in the indoor centre facilities under the supervision of team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and another support staff member. He's very important in Test cricket, he's a vital part of the team. "He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated.
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Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Indian batsmen may have been inconsistent with the bat but the bowling line-up of the visitors has been absolutely phenomenal in the ongoing series.
Paine's compatriot reiterated that his side is desperate to level the series and kick-start the new year on a positive note but on paper, the hosts are miles away from toppling the Indian juggernaut which doesn't seem to stop anytime soon.
"Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously".
Both India and Australia are expected to make changes to their playing XIs for the fourth Test.
Australia: Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb, Peter Siddle.
Australia have added batting all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne to their squad.