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Indian cricket is in the peak of their form with the captain of all formats Virat Kohli and under the guidance of Anil Kumble.
The team is doing very well and all the players are giving their best shot to dignify the moment and cherish upon it, they are leaving no hard chances to make it fruitful and go all the way to held the head high
During a tough situational interview with Sashtri he left no one spared with his bold statement and sayings and spoke his heart out, as we all know Shastri is a man of honour and speaks upto the utilization of thoughts
India has been a young side that has grown in the last few years. A season of Tests at home has helped solidify the growth and learnings of this period.
Absolutely. Because of the string of performances overseas, about two years of playing in different conditions, the team developed at pace. The turning point was the tour of Australia, where they held their own and then beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka to become the No. 1 side in the world. To become the No. 1 side even before the long season at home was an achievement. Beating South Africa 3-0, and then the home season helped stretch the lead at the top to a strong position. The run of Tests at home helped balance the side, which will help them overseas as well. The challenge now will be Australia at home. With due respect to England and New Zealand, Australia will be the toughest of India’s home assignments. To beat Australia, India will have to play their best game.
If India’s tour to Australia was a turning point, the forthcoming series will be a chance for some of the young Indian players to show how far they have come as cricketers since…
No question about that. The turning point from the batting aspect was quite clear – KL Rahul got a hundred, [Ajinkya] Rahane made a strong century, Virat got four centuries. Then, having a very good World Cup gave the fast bowlers the confidence, the feeling that they could make teams hop, when [Mohammed] Shami, Umesh Yadav were on fire. It was very exciting. What is especially heartening to see is that all the good work the team put in behind the scenes has not gone to waste. The results are coming now. All credit to Virat, Anil and the rest of the support staff for how they have managed the process. Now you have the chance to put your best foot forward against Australia because you’re a much better side than when you played them last time around. It’s very important against a side like Australia that you get ahead early. I stress this. Do not allow the opposition to get their noses ahead. With England or New Zealand, it does not matter so much, but against Australia, you’ve got to be careful.
Australia have nothing to lose. That could make them more dangerous?
Their last two visits to India, in their minds, are probably best forgotten. The one thing is that they will come out and play hard. Most of their players would’ve learnt a lot of Indian conditions and (there are also) players from the IPL: there will be caution and aggression. With the likes of [Steve] Smith and Warner in the ranks, and [Mitchell] Starc, [Nathan] Lyon and [Josh] Hazlewood in the bowling, makes for a very interesting series.
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