India focused on their own game, says Kohli

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Virat Kohli insists India will be 100 per cent ready to deal with whichever line-up Australia select for the first Test in Pune.

Ahead of Thursday's opening day at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, touring skipper Steve Smith revealed the make-up of his side's XI was still uncertain, with Australia considering the possibility of fielding three front-line spinners on a dry and dusty surface.

Kohli said India, unbeaten in 20 home Tests dating back to December 2012, are not concerned by who they face.

"We're not worried about the opposition's combinations or what they want to come up with - we're pretty comfortable with what we want to do," said India's captain.

"We are very sure of how we want to go about this game and the series, so that's been our strength, that we haven't focused on the opposition too much.

"We are aware of their skills, their positive and negative points, but that doesn't mean we're going to wait for the opposition to come out with their XI and then decide how we want to play."

Kohli highlighted the confidence of his team, who beat Bangladesh in a one-off Test this month following a 4-0 home series win over England.

"I think England was a very tough series, starting off with a draw, which wasn't a convincing draw from our side," Kohli reflected.

"From there on we turned things around and I think that took a lot of character and the team is in a different mind space ever since that first game in Rajkot. We come into this series much more confident and much more sure about us as a squad and what we want to do."

Smith expects the pitch in Pune to "take spin from ball one", but Kohli feels there is nothing unusual about the conditions that await India and Australia.

"This time of year when the summer comes, the wicket tends to get slower and lower, so that's what we expect," he explained. "We expect it to turn a bit as well from day two, day three, whatever it is.

"In general, it's going to be a very basic Pune wicket that we always expect during summertime, because it gets very hot and dry and it's very difficult to keep the wicket together. We understand exactly how the wicket is going to play."