India have named Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul all to play while Marnus Labuschagne will make his One-Day International debut for Australia when the teams meet in Mumbai on Tuesday.
“All guys in form is always a good thing for the team,” Kohli said in the lead-up.
“You don’t want a guy out of form for him not to start in the XI.
“You obviously want to have the best players available and then choose from what the combination should be for the team.”
Kohli may be the world’s top ranked ODI batsman but speaking about his own demotion to four, he insisted it was no issue for him.
“I’m not possessive about where I play and I’m not insecure about where I bat,” Kohli said.
“Being the captain of the team, it’s my job to make sure that the next lot is also ready as well.
“A lot of the other people might not look at it that way but your job as the captain is not only to look after the team right now but also to prepare a team that you can leave behind when you eventually pass it on to someone else.”
The second ODI takes place in Rajkot on Friday, followed by the third ODI in Bengaluru on Sunday.