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. He was dropped by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Mohammed Shami last evening, and then nearly clipped Ravindra Jadeja's first ball today to midwicket.
"Rishabh, I'm pretty sure nicked one and it might have been 6-330 and it's a different ball game", he said.
The methodical Pujara made a masterful 193 off 373 balls while Pant stroked his highest Test score in an entertaining 159 not out. Now, in Sydney, Virat Kohli and his boys have all but batted Australia out of the final Test.
"What we have done in these first three Tests and the way that we have been able to play is something that is very special and something that will stay with us for life, " said the India skipper.
Khawaja danced own the wicket and attempted to heave the ball to the leg-side boundary but instead picked out Cheteshwar Pujara. Instead, he lobbed the ball back into the spinner's hands. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India-Australia 2018-19 Series.
Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara summed up his innings in a tweet.
"(Pujara) showing how trusting your strengths and being unashamedly dogged in technique and concentration brings great rewards".
At the other end chirpy wicketkeeper-batsman Pant plundered only his second Test century as he piled more pressure on a wilting Australian attack.
Also, this was his 2nd Test ton, after his 114 against England at the Oval past year.
He was ably supported by allrounder Jadeja who raced to a 10th Test 50, unleashing his trademark celebration of twirling his bat like a samurai sword. Australia pegged back after a good partnership for the second wicket. Jadeja hurled one wide to Harris, and got him chopping on.
It will require a Herculean effort from the Aussies - who folded twice in two days at the MCG - to first make sure that their team avoids the follow-on before they get down to tackling the bigger task of saving the match.
What unfolded over the next nine hours of action was old-fashioned batsmanship as Pujara forged five significant partnerships, including century stands with Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari, to help tighten India's grip on the contest.