He has earned plenty of praise for his analysis segments through the three Tests staged thus far - India's series opening win at Adelaide, when Australia levelled at Perth then when Virat Kohli's men triumphed at Melbourne.
The core of the World Cup squad has been decided, and India have put their faith in the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav. "Bumrah and Ishant Sharma, in particular, have looked in shape". An Indian fast bowler coming out and playing so hard, sometime you feel how the hell they are doing all that.
"It's been an interesting year, a hard year. the silver lining is in the next few months we've got some world-class players available", Paine said after the third Test loss.
Following his batting exploits in South Africa, where he was the lone century-maker in the Tests, Kohli went on to tame the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the five-Test rubber against England, where he amassed 593 runs.
A frustrated Tim Paine criticised the MCG deck after the third Test, saying it handed India an advantage that Australia rarely enjoy when they tour the subcontinent.
The Ashwin's U-turn was not explained although there was speculation that Jadeja may also not be fully fit.
Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime.
"I'm not too concerned with it, you just have to manage it physically and stay ahead of the injury and I have been able to do it for now".More news: Ultima Thule already looks weird in first image
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India will be eyeing a historic Test series win in Australia when they take on the hosts in the fourth and final Test starting January 3 in Sydney.
But Kohli insisted making history was not their primary motive.
"I've seen Labuschagne has come into the line-up so to me straightaway that means Finch has to miss out and Usman will open the batting, I'd imagine", Ponting told cricket.com.au.
"We tried bowling some cross-seamers and it just didn't seem to scuff up as much as a couple days later. It's got nothing to do with proving that we have done something that hasn't been done in the past".
He added that the way Bumrah was bowling so soon in his Test career "is a very scary sign for batsmen around the world".
But the 30-year-old, widely considered the best batsmen across all three formats of the game and crucial to India's success, said it wasn't a major concern.
"I am pretty happy at number eight", Cummins said. So you expect a lot from this batting line-up, but when they can not score 200 runs (in the first innings), then that's a serious issue.