The stats are stark: Australia have won a single Test series in India during the past 47 years, India have lost a single Test series at home in the past 12 years. Their run of consecutive Test defeats in Asia had stretched to nine.
Like in the 1989 series in England, Australia entered India as underdogs. Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh even declared there had never been a weaker Australian team to tour the world's second most populous nation.
Australia vs India 4th Test live streaming: Where to watch Dharamsala Test? "I had a reasonable idea before I went to Sri Lanka of how I wanted to do things, how I wanted to do thing a lot differently and didn't want to over-attack and things like that".
He also talked about the pressure of captaincy and the necessity to play in the decider game, he said, "It's very different from the competition".
So, the question is, do India go with the extra bowler in Dharamsala, or do they stick with the six specialist batsmen?
"I think you just have to be up for it".
Waugh, the most successful captain in Test history with a winning percentage of 71.92, is also impressed with Kohli's body language and the way 28-year-old encourages his team-mates.More news: Scores feared dead after Iraq airstrikes
Gilchrist said just like others he too was surprised by Australia's performance in the ongoing series. I thought they were very impressive the way they came out of it surviving on that last day.
"They were scared of us beating them in India", said injured quick Mitchell Starc on Fox Sports. "In that regard I'd rather be in our boat than theirs". However, cricket on the subcontinent is more a battle of attrition than a speed contest.
Emphasizing that there would be no special treatment for him as far as injury-management is concerned, the Indian batting mainstay informed that he would undergo another fitness test and take the final call on his availability later today. "I think Ajinkya Rahane would probably step up to captain their side", Smith said in the pre-match press conference.
"I m fearful Virat Kohli is due for a lot of runs (in Dharamsala)", he said. I have taken medication after the last game, so I am just hoping that it takes me [only] a bit more time to get back to the normal movements that I have. "That's been really good". The knock was on a pretty good wicket, where there was not much of pace on the wicket in Mumbai and we didnt play any of our frontline pacers (Starc and Hazlewood). India probably won't miss Virat Kohli the batsman if he doesn't play at Dharamsala as he hasn't contributed to scoreline as much as he normally does. "(We) probably will take a call later tonight or tomorrow".
So he played really well there.
"Right now we're in a good position". For me, it is not worrying about the end game and the result. It is an exciting time for this team.