INDvsAUS: Ready to change fortunes this time, roars Rohit Sharma

Heather Diaz
November 20, 2018

In a similar fashion, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya shared the video of their preparations on Instagram.

"Indian batsman generally are not that tall".

It hurts because, according to the Longstaff review of Cricket Australia, most of it is true. "But most of the guys have come to Australia before, they understand the conditions", Sharma said. They will play no role in the Test and ODI series.

An Australia in turmoil both on and off the field has made India the firm favourites in the compelling rivalry's latest battle which begins with a T20 worldwide series here on Wednesday.

"One player we will miss is Hardik Pandya, who has an injury", he said. The last time India played a T20 series in Australia, India blanked them 3-0, with Rohit hit two half-centuries to score 143 runs in the series.

"We want to make it count this time around, there is a real good feeling inside the group".

Given the current form of both the teams and their respective players, the visitors will head into the Gabba pitch as favourites to win the gruelling encounter.

The Australians are certain Kohli will be as aggressive as he has always been.

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"Yes, it is challenging for all our batsmen when we come around here [but] most of the guys have come to Australia before". We don't need a few individuals to step up.

"We have some quality bowlers, in particular, spinners, so we will try to challenge them with our spinners". Maxwell is largely seen as the backbone of present Australian batting line-up.

Rohit said the idea behind landing up early here was to adapt to the conditions as much as possible.

"The reason we came a few days early here is to get used to the bounce", he explained. "Once you have done well in this part of the world you always want to come out and play well again". We are ready to accept that as a batting unit. It's not that easy for us. He has scored 2207 runs off 87 T20Is and 287 against Australia in 15 matches.

"They've got risky guys all through", the Australian opening batsman said, referring to the likes of Rohit Sharma.

"I had a good time playing white ball cricket here. Your performance is always appreciated but having said that, the bounce sometimes, in places like Brisbane and Perth, allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cemented pitches back home". "So I have done well in limited-overs but the challenge is red-ball cricket, which right now I am not thinking of". World champions in the 50-overs, Australia were whitewashed 5-0 by England in an one-day worldwide series and lost 2-1 loss to South Africa at home earlier this month. "Currently, I'm just looking forward to the T20s and then take it from there", Rohit said. I keep it simple, try to go out there and enjoy my game.

"I am not thinking about anything else but to go out there and put up a performance which my team expects me to do".

The Test series will commence in Adelaide but Sharma said the tourists will still have to overcome a hostile pitch when they travel to Perth's Optus Stadium for the second Test later in December.

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