Sachin Tendulkar has spent many summers in Australia, but he believes India have their “best chance” to win a Test series in Australia during their upcoming tour.
Australia will be without Steven Smith and David Warner, both serving bans for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal, and possibly Usman Khawaja, whose knee injury has left him doubtful for the Tests.
“I mean playing cricket at the highest level, I don’t think it is at the highest level at this stage,” Tendulkar said. “I think they have had better sides in the past. They have had better players with more experience, this is considerably an inexperienced side.”
What else did Sachin say?
“Possibly our best chance to go out there and beat them,” Tendulkar told Cricketnext. “We have good fast bowlers, quality spinners. We have good batters. You win Test matches when you score a lot of runs on the board.”
About Australia’s spirit…
“They are kind of getting back together and forming a solid unit. But Australians are known for being competitive and I won’t be surprised if they put up a competitive fight. To go out there and challenge them is also not going to be easy, but we have the ammunition to go out there and challenge them.”
How to score runs…
“I think when you go to Australia, especially playing with Kookaburra, it’s the first 20-25 overs that one needs to respect the hardness of the seam, the hardness of the ball. After the ball has worn off, then the wickets are beautiful to bat on.”
How would he do it…
“I would say we need to bat the first 25 overs differently, respect the hardness of the ball. And later on, most of our guys are big shot players and they like attacking approach. Australian surfaces are perfect for that.”