Virat Kohli & Co scripted historical past once they final visited Australia for the series Down Under. In the 2018-19 season, India gained the 4-match Test series 2-1 and Kohli turned the primary Asian captain to beat Aussies in their own yard.
Two years down the road, the Indian contingent is as soon as once more in the Kangaroo land aiming to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. However, this time the eventualities are fully completely different – strict COVID-19 SoPs, laws of the bio-bubble and extra importantly, the absence of Virat Kohli from the final three Tests.
While it’s being speculated that the tour gained’t be simple for the Indians with out Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed any strategies relating to the group feeling any pressures.
“Where’s the pressure? We have come here and are going to play our natural game. I have told the boys to respect the terrain and the opponents but play fearless cricket,” Shastri informed Sportstar in a dialog.
The Indian head coach is just about confident about the tempo battery. He is conscious of the truth that the participation of Ishant Sharma in the Test series is uncertain as a result of his harm. However, he believes that the 5 pacers named in the squad are very able to producing glowing cricket.
“We have a fabulous five – (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Mohammed) Siraj, Umesh (Yadav) and Navdeep Saini. Yadav has the experience. Saini is young and fast. Bumrah one of the best in business. Shami is raring to go. Siraj is an exciting prospect. You put up runs on the board and watch these fast bowlers hunt the opposition. They can beat Australia in their own den,” mentioned Shastri.
The Test series begins from December 17 in Adelaide. The first sport is a day-night affair. Team India has the least expertise of the identical however Shastri needs his boys ‘to go and enjoy their game.’
“Our boys have not played much of pink-ball in domestic cricket, but I just want them to go and enjoy their game. What matters is that they will be having some match fitness for the white-ball cricket and they now have to show if they have the will to adapt. Gain experience from here because god willing there won’t be a situation like this again. This challenge of the pandemic and quarantine,” mentioned Shastri.