In the Border-Gavaskar trophy, India has the most titles to its name. Despite India having no-show record overseas, this year the men in blue under Virat Kohli’s captaincy have a real chance of making a difference. The four-match Test series starting from December 6 in Adelaide will see Australia at their weakest point ever in absence of most experienced batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. Also, the recent loss against Pakistan in the UAE might be weighing on them.
But even without Australia might be weak on paper as per Ian Chappell the hosts will come after India’s throat. Of all the players in the team, the one who can speak about the dangers of tackling Australia in a Test on their grounds is senior fast bowler Ishant Sharma. He will be on his fourth trip to the land of Kangaroos since 2007. Even with stiff competition at hand, the fast bowler believes that India with its bunch of new age players can create a history of all time in this series.
“We are very motivated. The main aim is to win the series, and everybody is focussing on that. We aren’t even thinking about individual performances. It’s about wanting to win a Test series in Australia,” Ishant Sharma says.
“If you ask me, this team is passionate and motivated. Even when we played in South Africa and England, we were charged up to win a series abroad. That is the biggest opportunity for us right now because we have the balance in the team and players who can do things for us. All this is pretty promising.”
Ishant is a part of the bowling attack team along with Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Looking at the performance of the Indian bowling side in the last few matches the pacer attack has managed to pick 20 wickets in almost every game. Ishant Sharma’s 11 years of experience playing 10 games in Australia will help India.
He said, “Obviously when you’re playing for India, the pressure is there. But I think it’s a great opportunity as well because we have healthy competition within the team with a lot of fast bowlers proving themselves. So you have to keep performing in order to keep a place in the team. We did well on the last two tours, in South Africa and England. So, we are not even thinking about it from a pressure point of view. We are viewing it as a strong opportunity to do well.”
Before the Adelaide Test, India will play a practice match with Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday.