India in Australia ready to beat a home team in turmoil


Two Twenty20 global centuries in 2018 and four overall - more than anyone else in the world - have made Sharma an indisputable heavyweight in the format.

The batting will again be led by captain Virat Kohli and his T20 deputy Rohit Sharma but all eyes will be on 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw who last month became the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut. The world no 1 Test batsman notched up 593 runs against England in the five-match series and followed that up with three back-to-back hundreds against the West Indies in the One-day worldwide series. "This time around we are playing at Perth and not Brisbane".

"If I look at the limited-overs leg, last time we were here (T20s), we won pretty well, 3-0". So we are ready to accept that, change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performance. The celebrations were graced by a number of notable personalities from the film industry and Dhoni's Indian teammate Hardik Pandya, who shares a great bond with the couple. So they understand the conditions.

"Of course, their bowling attack will challenge us whichever format we play", admitted Rohit. India arrive for a four-test tour against an Australian side uncertain of its own line-up and struggling to win a game in any format.

Shastri says it remains to be seen how selectors would cover the absence of Pandya in Australia. I have not played in Perth, the new stadium, but Brisbane whenever we have played here it has always challenged us as a batting unit. It's not that easy for us. If the team has a quiet, assured confidence about them as they prepare for their first warm-up, then the parochial press back home are happy to put it in simpler terms.

He has since had a good time in Australia having scored 1143 runs in 27 ODIs in the country at an average of 51.95 with four centuries and four half-centuries. But Sharma's sojourns to Australia go all the way back to 2007, when he travelled as a teenager.

Jasprit Bumrah made an immediate impact on T20I debut with 3/23 in 3.3 overs
Jasprit Bumrah made an immediate impact on T20I debut with 3/23 in 3.3 overs. @Getty

"I've had good times in Australia playing white-ball cricket".

For Australia, the preparations leading up to this series haven't been ideal. While Prithvi Shaw sent out a statement in fashion in the Test series, scoring 237 runs in 2 matches, taking home the Man of the Series trophy, it was all Virat Kohli's show in the ODI series. "We're like, 'better not say too much to him because you'll get him going", said Du Plessis, reported PTI.

However, despite a depleted unit, Rohit said that Australia in Australia was always going to be a unsafe proposition. So you have got to be prepared for it.

"Australia is one place we want to leave our mark and do well".

"The last time we came here, there were a few close games. We gave them a target of 140, which they chased after losing six wickets", Sharma said.

"As a whole, throughout the tour we want to do the little things right and have our focus really precise so that we can win more situations than the opposition". "He said", There's a good feeling within the group with regards to all three formats. "Different individuals will take places in different formats but the motive of the team is to try and cease all the moments".