Echoing the sentiments, a source in the team management said that there are technically four batsmen who will be fighting it out for the slot and a good IPL for one of them will definitely make that player a favourite to seal the position.
Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch dubbed their 3-2 ODI series win over India as "unbelievable" and praised the fight shown by the team to bounce back from 0-2 deficit.
The 5th and final ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday at 1.30 p.m. Both the teams have won two matches each.
Kohli's century was the highlight of the Indian innings. Coming in to bat after Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the first over, the Indian skipper batted almost till the end, scoring 116 runs off 120 balls with 10 boundaries studding his patient innings.
In the second ODI against Australia in Napur, former skipper MS Dhoni was seen running all around the team members with a fan trying to catch him.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday scored his 40th ODI century in second match of the series against Australia in Nagpur.
With Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in sublime form and Kedar Jadhav hitting big knock, India thrashed Australia by 6 wickets in the 1st ODI in Hyderabad.
Among the other prominent names, Rishabh Pant is an important player in the 15-member ODI squad for the Australia series. However, Dinesh Karthik has been dropped.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday has released schedule for World T20 tournament to be held in Australia in 2020. India will play its opening match against South Africa in Perth on October 24. The tournament will begin from October 18 with qualifying rounds in South Geelong.