The pair is serving a one-year ban over the ball-tampering scandal and their absence has prompted experts to dub India favourites especially in the Test series which starts from December 6.
The likes of Shami, Ishant and Bumrah were impressive on recent tours of South Africa and England, while Umesh became only the third Indian paceman after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath to claim 10 wickets in a home Test when he helped the hosts to a 10-wicket victory against West Indies in the second Test. "If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia". "In my view the Aussies need to be incredibly patient and disciplined for long periods of time against a world class player like Kohli", said the 43-year-old. The captain has expressed his intentions at looking forward to a smooth Australian series without any verbal battle on the field despite the history of controversies between the two teams.
"We don't necessarily have to go and look out for something".
"So we put in a complete performance for a day and we want that to last for a series and for that to happen people have to take more ownership in every Test match that we play".
Ravi Shastri a "yes man"?
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The resting of key all-format players such as captain Virat Kohli, injuries to allrounders Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav, managing the workload of fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the search for batsmen to occupy middle-order slots, have all contributed to India testing a wide pool of players.
There have been concerns too - the No.4 spot in the batting order, where India haven't found someone dependable enough for the top-three of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli to share the load with. We are not going to put up a banner and say "this is what happens in the Indian team". On a personal level, I don't find the need to go and find these things anymore.
"He [Shastri] will finish one day, I'll finish one day but Indian cricket stays here. So you don't find the need for these things at all".
Indian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday backed head coach Ravi Shastri's role in the team ahead of their departure for Australia, saying he has helped a lot of players bring out their best and that he is not a yes-man as has been made out in some quarters.
"About [Shastri] saying "yes" all the time [to me], that's the most freaky thing I've heard". He is one guy I can speak to and can get an honest opinion. "I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else in the past", Kohli said.