Ahead of its first Twenty20 Internationals against Australia, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma stated that prior experience of playing on the pace-friendly pitches would help his side at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Considering Brisbane as the fastest pitch in Australia, Sharma said, “Australia in Australia is always going to be dangerous. So you got to be prepared for it. We don’t need a few individuals to step up. We need a whole lot of guys to put their hands on different occasions and take up the challenge.”
The 31-year-old, who is the highest scorer (2207 runs) for India in the T20 format, said, “Last time (2016) when we were here, we won the series by 3-0.” Talking about the ‘Men in Blue’ players, Sharma stressed that most of the batsmen are experienced, while only a couple of them are new to the pitch.
“Yes, it is challenging for all our batsmen when we come around here, but most of the guys have come to Australia before. So, they understand the conditions. There are only a couple of guys who have not been here,” he said.
Reflecting on the squad, Sharma also said that different individuals will take places in different formats. However, the motive of the team is to try and cease all the moments.
Earlier, the limited-overs deputy said that Indian batsmen will have a little advantage against Australia’s towering pacers, says visiting but insisted that his team is ready to rewrite the script of the battle this time. India start the tour with the T20 Internationals from November 21 in Brisbane and Rohit said it would be a tough task to counter the fast pitches.
“India have always played either at Perth (venue for second Test from December 14-18 this time) or Brisbane. These two conditions are challenging and the Australians have tall bowlers who exploit those conditions and use it to their advantage,” he concluded.
India is slated to play three-match T20I, four-Test matches and two-match ODI series against Australia, beginning from November 21.