It wasn't so much about Handscomb's runs as the minutes and balls he soaked up in a game-changing partnership with Shaun Marsh.
Standing umpires Ian Gould and Chris Gaffney spoke to Kohli and Jadeja after the wicket but it's unlikely the Indian pair will be reprimanded given what happened during the second Test in Bengaluru, where no player was sanctioned despite several heated exchanges between the two sides.
Despite those shortcomings, Australia have mightily impressed through unwavering resolve and application - more than they have shown in years. So credit to them, when someone plays well, you have to give them credit, we understand that.
Pujara along with Wridhhiman Saha (18 not out) ensured there no further wickets in the day with their unbeaten 32 run stand to end the day at 360 for six.
Ravindra Jadeja captured 4-54 from 44 pressure-packed overs but could not produce enough of the magic balls that sent alarm through the Australian dressing room on Sunday night. Two huge blows in two consecutive overs for Australia.
Kohli's declaration ensured that his bowlers could have a few overs while the Australians' minds were worn out.
On the docile surface, Jadeja, however, followed up his five wickets in the first innings for a match haul of nine wickets. "Whatever they are doing, we take it as sportingly".
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Handscomb (72no) and Marsh (53) joined forces at a highly-vulnerable 63 for four when their captain Steve Smith fell shortly before lunch in the third Test.
Coming together after Renshaw and Smith were dismissed in successive overs in the morning session of Day 5, the two defied the Indian attack for almost two sessions with solid defense and ability to leave the ball, before Marsh (53) departed to Ravindra Jadeja.
"They batted very well", Kohli said. He did his job by protecting his captain from having to enter the fray with the crowd baying for wickets and India appealing for the every possibility of a dismissal.
On the field, Smith's ploy to give his top four the maximum workload when they bowled 206 overs meant that Indian could not score quick runs.
He did not take to the field on Friday morning as opposite number Smith, a centurion on Thursday, and Maxwell set about swelling Australia's total, resuming on 299 for four.
Marsh narrowly survived a stumping chance on 38 in the first over after tea but was otherwise stout in defence.
Cummins is adamant he's never been fitter to play a Test and the 22 overs he'd bowled heading into the final hour of day three would be putting that theory to the ultimate test. It's comfortably the most important innings of his short career.