Kohli is likely to go in with the duo if Ashwin fails to regain full fitness as the Sydney pitch is one of the slower ones in Australia the hosts are not known to great skills against the slow turners even though their performance against the Indian quicks too has been extremely poor. After Kohli said that the offie has been injured on similar lines in the past two tours, he was included in India's 13-member squad a day before the Sydney Test.
Ashwin, who suffered an abdominal strain on the fourth day of the opening Adelaide Test, trained on Tuesday but is struggling to recover in time, as the Indian think-tank made a decision to wait until the morning of the match to take a final call on the offie while including him in the shortlist of 13 players for the decisive Test. "He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated.
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"It is obviously a disappointment for us as a team and for him personally, but if you see the way Vihari has bowled he has looked like picking up a wicket whenever he comes to bowl".
"The reason why we want to win this Test is because we understand as cricketers how hard it is to come here and play".
"We saw in the UAE his leg-spin's improved out of sight, and you're nearly leaning towards him at Test level now as a bit of an all-round option, which is a really good package for us".
Rahul is set to join his good friend and Karnataka team-mate Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order, with Vihari going back to No. 6.
"It's is not only the team you are playing against but the whole nation as they get behind their team so well".
However, ever since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the numbers have favoured India.
The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne. However, Australia (3467) have faced more balls than India (3386) in the series so far. With the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara being assisted by Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, etc.