Smith has already scored 1429 Test runs against India at a daunting average of 84.05. The pair, first of their kind to bowl in tandem in an ODI for India - that's across 43 years and 923 matches - have caused their rivals quite a few problems and would be expected to play an important role here as well.
On March 26, 2015, Smith hit a 93-ball 105 against India which helped the hosts win by 95 runs and book a spot in the final.
In an exclusive interview to India Today's Boria Majumdar, Smith conceded captaincy has its own challenges but added he was ready to lead by example.
He went on: "I don't think I'm in a bad place with my captaincy".
"Obviously results haven't been the way we would have liked", he said ahead of the second match in Kolkata on Thursday.
Eden Gardens is a familiar turf for Coulter-Nile, as he plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and exhibited exemplary form this season for the purple brigade.
"They (Dhoni and Pandya) batted really well. They've got a lot of talent", Smith said. "I had to change a bit there". He has got a phenomenal record and he has done that job (in the past).
"I don't think so".
Australia's preparation in the run up to the tour has not been ideal.
Opener Aaron Finch's sore calf thrust debutant Hilton Cartwright to the top of the order in a rain-curtailed loss in Chennai. "The two (Starc and Hazzlewood) are our top bowlers", Smith said.
The Australians were restricted to training indoors on Tuesday after a bout of rain and overcast conditions kept the Eden Gardens under covers throughout the day.
"I would have Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in my team", Smith on Wednesday said when asked to name two cricketers he would like to have in his side.
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"We'll have another look in the morning and we'll decide our team then". Bhowmick revealed that the ball would come slowly onto the bat if such weather persists leading up to match day (September 21).
"I don't think it'll have a big impact". Guys have worked hard since we've been here in India. So guys are in a fine space.