Besides Virat Kohli, wary Australia plan to stop Rohit Sharma

Annette Crawford
November 19, 2018

Stressing on the significance of putting up a good performance in Australia ahead of the 2019 World Cup, Rohit said: "When you do well in Australia, you feel good as a team and thinking about the World Cup ahead, it can only give you confidence winning in places like Australia".

"India have always played either at Perth or Brisbane", Rohit said.

Two Twenty20 worldwide centuries in 2018 and four overall - more than anyone else in the world - have made Sharma an indisputable heavyweight in the format. "(He's) such a nice guy off the field, he's got a lot of time for everyone and just loves to be part of the boys, whether its playing Federation Internationale de Football Association or being around the team room", Starc said. Given the kind of form he is in, Rohit has a good enough chance of making it five, although he won't place his bets on it. We are ready to accept that as a batting unit.

Rohit Sharma also played down the perceived advantage of not playing a test match at Brisbane.

India are yet to win a Test series in Australia. Sharma predicted that the tall Aussie bowlers would like to extract full use of the conditions to perturb the Indian batters but hoped that the visitors would be upto the challenge. Indian batsmen generally are not that tall. It has always challenged us as a batting unit.

"Australia in Australia will always be risky without a doubt". If I may say so, then Brisbane is probably the fastest pitch in Australia. We don't need a few individuals to step up.

"I think Dorff got him out the last time we played him, hit him on the pad, so we'll look to do that again early. It is not going to be easy but we have quality in our group". The motive of the team is to try and seize all the moments and try and win. "The bounce when sometimes you play in places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cement pitches back home, so I always enjoy coming here". The tour might throw up a few youngsters for the future or could see curtains over the career of few veterans of the game. While India have been decent in the limited-overs format in their erstwhile tours of Australia, their record in the red-ball fixtures haven't been all that great by any stretch of the imagination.

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