"I am sure it will come in this match".
"I hope it's 11 by the end of the series because we know Virat is another level". "Whenever a health issue comes up, we have a group in which it is being placed". The 48 year old pointed out how youngsters like Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Kuldeep Yadav had been doing well for Team India and suggested they Virat Kohli and the team management should definitely go in with Mayank in the all important encounter.
The performance and form of the Indian batting order have been anything but inspiring all through the year.
The rubber is pegged at 1-1, with India winning the first Test at Adelaide and then Australia claiming the second in Perth. Since the South Africa tour the Indian bowlers consistently got the opposition out twice. But coach Ravi Shastri did mention that Pandya has played just one first-class game after returning from injury and they will have to be careful.
The West Australian, who forged a reputation for stoically seeing off the new ball in a 105-Test career at the top of the order, isn't alone.
The Boxing Day Test will possibly decide the fate of the series which is now level at 1-1.
"It will be important for him to get off to a good start in the series, to settle the nerves and be confident".
"For me, what has worked is being comfortable in where I am playing".
Kohli's antics in Perth, where he also failed to acknowledge the crowd's applause after he was controversially given out in the first innings for 123, brought a stunning rebuke from veteran Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah.
"In Test cricket you have to grab small little opportunities".
As has been the case through the series, the tourists have confirmed their squad or XI only after Kohli's pre-match press conference, meaning he can not be questioned about selection. We got a nice break after second Test, which was so necessary.
Usman Khawaja said Kohli's on-field antics had not indicated the pressure of striving for an historic series win was starting to show.
"Batting at 4 or 5, sometimes you have to think 1-2 steps ahead of the game and think of the counter attack. I say it'd make it boring, like playing on a flat wicket", Langer said on Monday.
Last time the sides met in a Boxing Day fixture, a lifeless MCG pitch ensured there was no prospect of anything other than a draw. The best option to go in the middle and putting them on the backfoot.
"So when you look at Perth, we felt that he was maybe 60-70 percent fit and that we didn't want to risk that in Perth".
He and Australian counterpart Paine traded a series of barbs during the Perth Test, with Paine even heard on stump microphone asking of Murali Vijay: "I know he's your captain but you can't seriously like him as a bloke".
"Whatever happened on the field was really good and competitive and hopefully all enjoyed that".