After completing the series with the West Indies, the Indian will be flying to Australia for a two-month long series with the Aussies, which is scheduled to start on November 21.
Many experts of the game believe that this is the best chance for India to win a series Down Under because they will be missing out on the services of their champion players like Steve Smith and David Warner. But India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has made it clear that his team will indeed be favorites to win the series in the absence of Smith and Warner.
Rahane said, “The Australian team is definitely unpredictable, even with the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith. I think we are favorites for the Australia tour but when a team plays at home they know the conditions well. Australia’s bowling is very strong and it will be a good tour.
Team India suffered a humiliating loss at the hands of England earlier this year. The batsmen were really criticized for not having enough match practice before going on to play the much important series. This result prompted the BCCI to request for extra practice matches in Australia before the Test series commence.
“In South Africa, we hardly got any time. As a team, we feel we need 10 to 15 days before the start of the series and in Australia, we are getting that time and playing a 4-day match,” Rahane shared.
Talking about the state of Test cricket these days, Rahane expressed his view by saying that parents should bring their children to see Test matches and players should talk to them to create more awareness about the longer format of the game.
Rahane shared, “The way Indian team has played Test cricket in the last two years, people have been come to watch us. I think school children should be brought in and made to interact with players and give them refreshments. That will help create awareness about cricket. Like in England and Australia kids are brought to the ground and made to play interactive games, we should do that here. Also, create contests and winners should be allowed to meet players. Need to win over the young and new fans for Test cricket to survive and flourish.”
Indi will begin their Australia tour on November 21 with a three-match T20 International series.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar