Thursday, 13 December, 2018

India prepared for extra pace and bounce in Australia - Rohit

File image of India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma File image of India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma
Cassandra Castillo | 21 November, 2018, 15:11

"Whenever we travel outside India there is always a special feeling and Australia is one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit", Rohit said after India's practice session at The Gabba. "The last time we played test series here - although we lost two games and we drew one game - I thought there were a few close games being played".

"It was a close game, but again, we want to make it count this time around".

"There's a real good feeling inside the group in all three formats - the motivation of the team is to just try and seize all the moments and win tournaments".

Team India is all geared up for the upcoming Australian tour ahead of 2019 World Cup next year. "Thinking about the World Cup ahead it can only give you confidence winning in places like Australia", he added.India are set to play three-match Twenty20 global matches.

Rohit Sharma also speaks on the things which would certainly put them under pressure.

The four-test series starts in Adelaide on December 6 - a break with tradition from a regular first test venue at Brisbane's Gabba ground - and will include matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. "This time around we are playing at Perth and not Brisbane. In places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I have grown up playing on cement pitches back home", he said. The Australians have tall bowlers, who use the conditions to their advantage.

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"Indian batsman generally are not that tall. It's not going to be that easy, but we understand that", Rohit said. "It will be a challenge but we are ready to accept the challenge", he added.

While India tops the current test rankings, Australia has slid to No. 5 in a year overshadowed by a ball-tampering scandal in March that ended in test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner being suspended for 12 months from global and first-class cricket and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft barred for nine months.

Reflecting on the squad, Sharma also said that different individuals will take places in different formats. In ODIs, they have won four of the eight games they've played there. Brisbane, if I may say so, is probably the fastest pitch in Australia.

On the possibility of scoring third T20I ton this year: I would love to but I don't think too far ahead. Nathan Coulter-Nile believes that Rohit is a compulsive puller and hence, they will target him short-pitched stuff.

Rohit said everybody in the team needs to step up against a formidable side like Australia.

"Everyone knows he's a fantastic option up front. Hopefully we hold our chances, because he'll definitely create a few", added Coulter-Nile.

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