Though the domestic season gets underway with the T20 tournament in six different venues, several Karnataka players come into this tournament with some match practice under their belt.
Rahul had not played any match of the ongoing series in which the third Test starts on Thursday here.
Paine says the Australians are well aware of the danger posed by the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul who could come into the Indian side as replacements for the Boxing Day Test.
Despite looking out of sorts at Adelaide, Prithvi Shaw could still retain his spot in case India decide to go with just four bowlers, with Gill at No 4.
Kohli scored 134 runs in the three T20I matches India last played against Australia. Rahul, on the other hand, scored 81 runs in the three innings in the series which the Men ion Blue won 2-1.
With India needing a reality check on their blueprint against the Aussies, there are more questions around the team combination than answers ahead of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG from Saturday
Jaffer asked the fans to decode the message.
India vs Australia second Test: KL Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw in playing XI, says Sunil Gavaskar
India lost the opening Test by eight wickets, crumbling to their lowest ever Test score of 36 during the debacle India will look at making 2 changes.
It is understood that young Shubman Gill, after a couple of impressive knocks in the warm-up games, is seen as a replacement of Shaw.
Laxman also cited how both Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill don't have the desired experience of playing in Australia.
Even though KL Rahul is in red-hot form in the limited-overs format, he might have to wait before making a comeback into the Test side.
Kohli, who smashed his 25th half-century in the third and final T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday rose to the number eight spot eclipsing Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai.
KL Rahul's first boundary was a mis-hit off Josh Hazlewood over third-man, followed by a cover drive off Adam Zampa.
While there is time to groom the likes of Pant and Samson, that India are continuing to invest in Rahul as a wicketkeeper suggests he is the one earmarked for the T20 World Cup in 2021
Rahul has now pipped specialist wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson as the no.1 glovesman in the limited overs format.