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Australia will be a “different ball-game”, but India will also take confidence from a successful home season against West Indies, according to stand-in T20I captain Rohit Sharma.
“When you win a series like this, you are high on confidence and it is all about taking that confidence there,” Rohit Sharma said. “Australia will be a different ball-game. But I think the things we have been doing as a team, we have to keep repeating the same thing we have been doing.”
Shikhar Dhawan’s form?
“It was important from the team’s perspective for the players to get some runs ahead of the important Australia tour. Shikhar was batting well in the ODI series. He was not able to get big scores. He was getting 30s and 40s, but I am glad that he could play a match-winning knock and get some form under his belt before the crucial tour.”
On missing MS Dhoni…
“MS not being in a team is a miss for any team. But I have played with Dinesh in Mumbai Indians when I was captain. We understand each other really well. His thought behind the stumps is important, like any other wicketkeeper.”
On returning to India’s Test team…
“I am not thinking about the Test match. I am someone who doesn’t think too far ahead. All I am thinking is going back, taking few days off, and take the flight to Australia. If I try and stay in present, it works for me.
“It will be a nice to go out there and play a Test match for India. As a batsman, I don’t think about my past performances. Every game is a new game. Every time I go out there in the middle, I keep things simple. This game is simple if you keep it simple. If you overthink, it can get complicated. It is important to start well in Australia and then, take it from there.”
On Krunal Pandya’s debut series…
“Krunal is a street-smart cricketer. I am quite impressed with how he approached these three internationals. He has got a great ability to play for India for a long period of time, only because he can also bat. You have seen how he finished the first game. He came and played shots which were not expected from a debutant, but he is fearless, just like his brother.
“At the end of the day, you need characters in the team like Krunal and Hardik who are not afraid of expressing themselves. I don’t like to mention one or two players. All the players have different characters and, at different point of time, they have raised their hands and taken responsibility.”