India batsmen key to beating Australia and justifying No.1 ranking

Lynette Rowe
November 16, 2018

The Indian skipper, who has been amongst runs in all the formats of the game in the past few years, also looked satisfied with his team's bowling attack however, indicated that it is time for the batsmen to rise to the occasion.

"It is just seizing those moments, getting tough mentally, when the going gets tough", former India player Shastri said.

"Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against", Waugh told ESPNCricinfo in an interview.

The Virat Kohli-led side began 2018 riding on high expectations after extraordinary performances at home in previous years but succumbed to 1-2 and 1-4 series defeats in South Africa and England respectively.

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The Indian pace attack had impressed in England in their 1-4 series loss and Ganguly said: "I have seen in England that they (bowlers) have taken 20 wickets in nearly every Test". "So 13 games. So we will try and play the best team at all times", Shastri said. I think We have batted well in patches. "If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia". We were always the ones giving it back and never starting it, so as long as it doesn't start, we have no problem in focusing on our game and do what we need to. We are not going to put up a banner and say "this is what happens in the Indian team". "Many feel that they are a weak outfit but I don't think so", Ganguly added.

With Cricket Australia's recent publicity campaign bringing out the aspect of "elite honesty" and reduction in aggression in the Australian approach, Kohli who has previously been the centre of such attraction in Australia emphasised that experience and captaincy have changed him. These are very personal thing that happens in the team environment. I have enough belief in my ability that I can play without a reason to pump myself up. "Those were very immature things that I used to feed on in the early days of my career so that I could get pumped up and don't necessarily feel all that pressure and the focus is precise", he said.

On the perception that Shastri is Kohli's "yes" man, the captain said: "About saying yes all the time, that is the most weird thing that I have heard. I don't think there is anyone who has said no to me more than him (Ravi Shastri) in Indian cricket", Kohli said. Kohli said on Shastri: "The contribution he has brought to the table ever since we have started building this team is making people believe that they belong to this level". He is one guy I can speak to and can get an honest opinion. We don't have too many games now. And man management is the most important thing at the level we play at.

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