After winning the three-match T20I series versus Windies, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma believes that the tour to Australia will be a challenge like no other for each and every player as they start their campaign with a three-match T20 series, starting November 21.
"Australia is always challenging when it comes to going out there and performing. Every time you go there, you are tested as a player, as an individual, and as a team as well," said the veteran opener.
"I think we have got to be at our best and when you win a series like this (West Indies) and when you play like that in the tournament you are high on confidence. It's all about taking that confidence to Australia and doing what we did as a team."
Though the Australian team will be missing out on the services of Steve Smith and David Warner due to suspensions, Rohit Sharma still considers the current Aussie team as an opponent who should not be taken too lightly, be it in the T20Is, as well as the four-match Test series, in which Sharma has been edging to go ever since he has been called back by the selectors.
"The best teams in the world keep repeating those performances. It will be important for us that we start fresh. Not think about what we have done in the past."
"I am someone who doesn't think too far ahead. So I am focusing on the T20 series first," said Sharma.
"Of course the Test match is something that I was looking forward to a long time and it will be nice to go out there and represent India in Tests, but we want to win the T20s first."
Team India has been in fine form after thumping Windies in all three formats of the game. But their away record hasn’t been one to remember, with their last series defeat coming at the hands of England.
Meanwhile, Australia is going through their toughest phase in cricket history, with members giving in resignation from Cricket Australia, combined with poor performances in the field which saw them surrender to Pakistan and South Africa.
The upcoming tour will be an opportunity for India to make the most of a wounded Australian team, while the host nation could not ask for a better team to redeem themselves against by beating India, as it would give them heaps of confidence before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
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