While the narrative remained same during the earlier tours of South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4), Kohli and his men will like to walk the talk as India's tough cycle of away assignment ends with this four-Test series beginning at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are.
The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6.
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"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident".
"Absolutely, India will start favourites in the Test series".
Australia were plunged in crisis after the ball-tampering scandal in March this year saw Cricket Australia handing out year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner.
The coach also said that young Marcus Harris will make his debut and he will open the innings along with Aaron Finch.
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Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh.
"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine.
"The [Adelaide] wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game [to not need an allrounder]".
"It's probably unlikely we'll use the three quicks as much we will this game through the whole series as it wears on".
It is also surprising that India has opted for just one spinner and that is the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and they have not gone for the wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav. They are fine to go.
"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.
"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that (spinner) Nathan Lyon can do the job".