Indian bat Pujara content in Kohli shadow

WATCH: Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami

On to the subject of Indian batting and its over-reliance on an in-form Virat Kohli, Pujara insisted there is no extra pressure on the line-up despite losses to England and South Africa.

Laxman said he had a lot of negativity after failing to retire with a win against Australia Down Under in a four Test series in 201112. Australia's bowling attack, comprising pace trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, is still something to be feared and the hosts believe they are good enough to beat any side in their home conditions.

"When it comes to our fast bowling attack this is one of the best we have had for many years".

The Australians will be coming face-to-face with famously combative Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who thrives on the verbal banter and has never been shy of riling the opposition.

WATCH: Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami

"I was the one who suggested that we should go back home immediately because it was clear it was one-sided and it was not fair but Anil (Kumble) showed great leadership qualities and managed everything", Laxman said during the Delhi launch of his book "281 and Beyond" here.

"He has played a lot of cricket in England and played here in 2014-15, knows what to do". He hit a sparkling 61 late last month to help his side to a series-levelling win in the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia. We would like to perform well and start off well.

India hasn't won a Test series here since its first tour 71 years ago.

There have been many instances of on-field heated exchanges between players of the two teams in the past series.

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Australia are weakened by the absence of top stars Steve Smith and David Warner, but that may also make Kohli's task harder.

"He also likes to run the ball down to third man so may be play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do".

"But one thing we are sure about is playing competitive cricket".

Australia have since adopted a behaviour pact and vowed to play in the right spirit as they attempt to win back fans.

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Even though the Indian bowlers conceded 540-plus runs in the practice game versus Cricket Australia XI in Sydney last week, the visitors' bowlers looked in good shape. It wasn't a Test match so we are not anxious about it. "I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend. "As a bowling unit we are very confident and the bowlers will stick to their basics".

"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".

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