While Kohli during his pre-match press conference claimed that he was not focussing on creating history by becoming the captain of an Indian team which is the first to win a Test series Down Under, the final scoreline in India's favour will surely place in him in an enviable league.
That's half-century for Mayank Agarwal, who is playing his second Test.
Austin Waugh, 19, was listed as an "emergency fielder" on the Aussie team sheet as they look to avoid a historic series loss to India on home soil.
Senior paceman Ishant Sharma has been ruled out due to discomfort in his left ribcage, with speedster Umesh Yadav in the frame if Ashwin is unavailable.
A series win in Australia will certainly put Kohli on a different pedestal even though the quality of the home team's batting line-up suffered due to the ball-tampering bans on former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner.
Kohli had earlier said of Ashwin: "The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required in order to get over that injury". In Test cricket, he's a vital part of this team and we wanted him to be 100 percent fit for a longer period to that he can come back to us in the Test format. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement.
"He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (over) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness".
Labuschagne batted at No 6 in his debut series in the UAE but has cut his teeth in state ranks at first drop on the Gabba, the country's bounciest and most pace-friendly pitch.
What followed was a period of lull, that helped Kohli get his eye in, and all that stood compensated towards the end of the session, when Pujara and Kohli feasted on some exhausted bowling from the spinners. Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.
Additionally, one more win will take Kohli ahead of Ganguly, who led India to 11 wins in 28 overseas Tests.
Fox Sports and Channel Seven will telecast the fourth Test of the series across Australia.
The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne. "We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times", said the "Master Blaster".
The hosts' top order has largely failed to fire and the odds are mounting that the underperforming Aaron Finch will either be pushed down or axed, with number three Usman Khawaja moving up to open alongside Marcus Harris.