India has nearly ensured they do not lose this match.
The 30-year-old's centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne went a long way to giving India a 2-1 series lead and there was relief as well as admiration in the standing ovation he received from the crowd when he finally headed back to the Member's Stand.
The leader hosted the captains at his official residence, the Kirribilli House in Sydney on New Year's Day.
Regardless of Kohli's decision, India are perfectly placed to complete an emphatic maiden series win in Australia after their day-two declaration at 7-622. We'll see you guys on Day 3 and until then, ciao! Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India-Australia 2018-19 Series. Whichever team has won the toss in the series has batted first and gone on to win the match. For a team that has been forced to toil nearly two whole days in the field under the scorching sun, it will be a huge challenge.
"You have days in Tests that don't go your way and are hard".
"Obviously when you bowl for two days the body gets exhausted, but their body language was really good, they were pushing themselves and trying their level best".
Known for his Zen-like poise and an ability to leave almost as many balls as he plays, Pujara put some more daylight between him and captain Virat Kohli on Friday with his epic 18th test century which contained 22 boundaries. India's total was their second-highest in Australia - after their 705/7 declared here in 2003-04.
Captain Tim Paine, who has struggled to score runs but has at least averaged 75 balls faced per innings, could not even dig in for a decent amount of time - clean bowled for 5 through a wide-open gate as he attempted to slap Yadav through the off side.
Earlier, Hanuma Vihari added only three to his overnight 39 before he misjudged a sweep off Lyon and the ball feathered his glove, with Marnus Labuschagne taking the catch.
"Outstanding mate, well done", umpire Ian Gould told Rahul at the end of the over. There was, however, no respite for Australia as Pant and Jadeja toyed with their bowling for three hours.