Vijay Shankar is more than likely to be on it.
India had lost Rohit Sharma in the first over and regular wickets for much of their innings, but Kohli found enough support from the likes of Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja to take his side to a defendable tally in hot weather.
Timely strikes by unorthodox left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and a stunning direct-hit run out effected by Ravindra Jadeja saw the home team compete hard and remain in contention to win the match that was sealed by Jasprit Bumrah's superb second spell and telling blows in the 46th over.
However, the team led by Aaron Finch and coached by Justin Langer will spend considerable time pondering how they came to lose a match where they appeared to be in full control when Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey were together.
Australia bowling: Cummins 9-2-29-4, Coulter-Nile 8.2-0-52-1, Maxwell 10-0-45-1, Zampa 10-0-62-2, Lyon 10-0-42-1, Stoinis 1-0-12-0.
Marcus Stoinis made an awesome half-century when Australia was under pressure.
Australia will take some solace from the fact that some 248 of India's 250 runs were scored when Kohli was at the crease, with Cummins insisting there are plenty of positives as the World Cup looms large.
Asked to bat first, the hosts were bowled out for 250 runs in 48.2 overs.
Australia had made two changes to their side, bringing in Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon in place of Ashton Turner and Jason Behrendorff. First beating Rohit Sharma with a full away swinger, he then dropped short and coaxed an upper cut that sailed unerringly into the hands of third man.
"A wicket like that it's tough to bowl on, it's tough to bat on. Here you could probably say someone like Dhoni, the way he commanded and showed his experience in the first game then someone like Virat here proved to be the difference", said Cummins.
About Bumrah who returned with figures of 2/29, Kohli said, "He (Bumrah) is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team". India's acceleration was measured rather than absolute, again underlining the difficulties of the pitch.
Bumrah also conceded a single run during his final over, with a confident Stoinis backing himself to take 20 runs off the final two overs.