Virat Kohli-led India gear up to tame Steven Smith’s Australia in 1st Test

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Virat Kohli-led India would hope to the end the season on a perfect note with win over Australia in the four-Test series. (REUTERS)

Virat Kohli-led India would hope to the end the season on a perfect note with win over Australia in the four-Test series. (REUTERS)

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India's captain Kohli and coach Anil Kumble attend a practice session ahead of their first Test against Australia. (REUTERS)

India's captain Kohli and coach Anil Kumble attend a practice session ahead of their first Test against Australia. (REUTERS)

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Cheteshwar Pujara’s resilience will be a big assurance for India against Australia. (AP)

Cheteshwar Pujara’s resilience will be a big assurance for India against Australia. (AP)

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Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin prowess can spell the doom for Australia. (REUTERS)

Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin prowess can spell the doom for Australia. (REUTERS)

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Virat Kohli sharpens his batting skills ahead of the first Test against Australia. (REUTERS)

Virat Kohli sharpens his batting skills ahead of the first Test against Australia. (REUTERS)

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Virat Kohli said ahead of the match: “I know where to draw the line of friendship as well. When you step on to the field, I could be playing against my real brother (but) it doesn’t matter.” (REUTERS)

Virat Kohli said ahead of the match: “I know where to draw the line of friendship as well. When you step on to the field, I could be playing against my real brother (but) it doesn’t matter.” (REUTERS)

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Medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar during a practice session in Pune on Wednesday (PTI)

Medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar during a practice session in Pune on Wednesday (PTI)

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Ravindra Jadeja is another spinner that India would heavily rely on. (PTI)

Ravindra Jadeja is another spinner that India would heavily rely on. (PTI)

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Umesh Yadav’s pace was brilliant during the England series and he would to hope carry on the momentum against Australia. (PTI)

Umesh Yadav’s pace was brilliant during the England series and he would to hope carry on the momentum against Australia. (PTI)

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Australia's David Warner stretches during a practice session ahead of their first Test against India in Pune. (AP)

Australia's David Warner stretches during a practice session ahead of their first Test against India in Pune. (AP)

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Glenn Maxwell knows Indian conditions well and would hope to contribute with both bat and ball. (AP)

Glenn Maxwell knows Indian conditions well and would hope to contribute with both bat and ball. (AP)

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Australia's Matt Renshaw pads up to bat during a practice session. (AP)

Australia's Matt Renshaw pads up to bat during a practice session. (AP)

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David Warner’s fiery attitude can land the Indian bowlers in trouble. (PTI)

David Warner’s fiery attitude can land the Indian bowlers in trouble. (PTI)

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Australia captain Steven Smith will need to perform well with the bat for his team to succeed. (PTI)

Australia captain Steven Smith will need to perform well with the bat for his team to succeed. (PTI)

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