With the T20 series between India and Australia ending on level terms, the focus now shifts to the much-anticipated four-match Test series between the two sides which gets underway on December 6.
The four-match Test series has been billed as the real encounter between the teams as it will represent the progress of the Indian team, especially in overseas conditions. While the history is on the side of the hosts, recent developments suggest the visitors have a great chance to create history.
However, with the Test series fast-approaching, it seems that KL Rahul's form with the bat raises a major cloud of doubt amongst the minds of many. The right-handed batsman has been struggling for form recently, but somehow managed to earn his place for the tour Down under after his superb hundred in the final ODI against England at the Oval.
In a bid to step up its preparation for the grueling Test series, the Indian cricket team played a practice match against Cricket Australia at the Sydney Cricket ground on Wednesday. And it was a great opportunity for KL Rahul to repay the faith shown in him by Virat Kohli and the team management.
While four Indian batsmen struck half-centuries and made the most of their time at the crease, KL Rahul struggles with the bat was evident yet again after he was dismissed for only 3 runs by seamer Jackson Coleman.
The right-handed batsman who opened the innings with Prithvi Shaw, played a poor shot driving through mid-off during the sixth over of the game with just 16 runs on board. KL Rahul's technique and his ability to adapt was put into question by batting coach Sanjay Bangar.
Sanjay Bangar who seems to be running out with the batsman addressed the media at the end of day's play. "He (Rahul) has been looking in good shape, including today. It is just that he is finding new ways to get out," Bangar said.
"Even today, the ball was quite afar when he played it away from his body and lost his wicket. But what we are reading he is playing the ball well and he is one hit away (from form)"
The Indian batting coach further conceded that KL Rahul was not a young player anymore and it was high time he takes up responsibility.
"We know his ability and if he converts that to performances then it is important for the team. He is not a young player any more and he is on his second tour here. He has played 30 Tests and he has a responsibility. We expect him to play with that responsibility and play his role for the team,"
Sanjay Bangar concluded by saying that there was the possibility that the team management could tinker with the team composition with slots for the opening as well as the sixth position yet to be decided.
"I would say there are still some spots to be taken. We will keep a close eye on how the second innings goes and it gives some other batsmen a hit especially Murali Vijay and middle order batsmen, and see how they go.
"There are certain spots to be taken still. We are looking at the opening slot as well as the number six slot. Those are the positions we are still looking at, we have not decided yet," he added.