India have never won a Test series Down Under but fancy their chances against an Australian team yet to recover from a ball-tampering scandal that led to bans for former captain Steve Smith, opener David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft. In doing so, he will become the first batsman to muster that many runs against Australia in the T20 format of the game. I've not played at Perth in the new stadium. So we are ready to accept that, change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performance.
Rohit Sharma has had a rollicking 2018 in the shortest format of the game. Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us.
For Australia, the preparations leading up to this series haven't been ideal.
"The last time we came here, there were a few close games".
"I have always enjoyed coming here, it is a great place to play cricket, your performances are always appreciated and when you are not performing.you know that is appreciated too", said Rohit ahead of the first T20I that will be staged in Brisbane on Wednesday. However, the motive of the team is to try and cease all the moments.
It's against that backdrop that India arrive in Brisbane for a T20 global at the Gabba on Wednesday night, although they won't have to play any red-ball cricket there with the first Test in Adelaide, before the series moves to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Especially in Australia. It's one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit. "There is a real good feeling in the group for all three formats".
He said the Indian attack would have to pick up the slack without the fast bowling all-rounder on Australian decks that have not been kind to them in the past.
"Australia in Australia will always be risky without a doubt. It is not going to be easy but we have quality in our group". "In places like Australia you want the whole unit to come together, that is our focus", he said.
World No.2 India are overwhelming favourites for their tour opening T20 series starting in Brisbane on Wednesday after winning 10 of their 15 overall clashes against Australia in the shortest form. "In places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I have grown up playing on cement pitches back home", he said. So I've done well in limited-overs, but the challenge obviously is red-ball cricket, which right now I am not thinking of.