But for Kohli, who became full-time Indian Test captain during that tour, the match-ups were also characterised by staring contests with the bowlers, especially Mitchell Johnson.
Gearing up for the four-match Test series that starts Thursday, Marsh said his team's bowlers have strategies in place and would be aiming for ideal execution when the action begins.
Hazare had to walk out immediately to India's rescue as the team faltered to 0/2.
"It's going to be a real challenge. but I think our bowling attack is as good, if not better, than anyone (else) in the world". Kohli also took a wicket of Australian batsman Nielsen when he was at 100 off 168 balls.
"If you see his recent bowling, I think he has made a lot of changes", Pujara said.
With the Test series not too far away, the Australian media has added yet another feather to its cap of "infamous reportage".
Australia now have two vice-captains in place, with Josh Hazlewood the other one, and like him, Marsh outlined that the start of the cricket summer is a special time, never mind that this is the first home series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
"They have got some terrific fast bowlers".
"But while things look good on paper for India, that has got to be translated into form on the field", he said. The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier. Last year, during the Ashes, the Adelaide day-night Test went into the first session of day five. That dramatic final day came in the second Test after the redeveloped Adelaide Oval unveiled a drop-in pitch, and Head said the curator Damian Hough had evolved a surface which provided a little assistance for everyone. Ishant, you know, off late has been really good with the ball, picking up a fifer and winning matches and of course, Bumrah has been exceptional. In fact, they have managed to win just 5 of the 44 Tests they have played in Australia.
"We'll still be really competitive and fired up out on the ground, but I think you do need to have that bit of respect between the two sides".
"... You have to be able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth.You've got to use your actions and your skills and if they do that, then they can definitely unsettle him". If you can get through these ones, you can get through anyone in the world.