The vice-captain of the Indian test cricket team, Ajinkya Rahane said that Australians will be favorites in the test series and have all the chances to clinch the title by beating the visitors. These comments are contradicted to the statements of many Australian experts. Rahane said that it is difficult for India to beat the hosts even they seem weakened after the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year. Though Indians lost the series against England and South Africa, most of the experts feel that they are the favorites in Australia against fragile Australian lineup.
In this context, Rahane said that “I feel that any team that plays at home, they feel really good, and I feel that Australia are still the favorites to win the series,”
“We are not going to take them lightly at all. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don’t think they are vulnerable.
“You see their bowling attack, they’ve got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack. So I feel that Australia are really still the favorites.”
Though Indians have formidable pace bowling department for a few years, Rahane felt that they lack the experience of Australian conditions and should strive hard to answer the solid home team. This is the second test tour to Australia for Rahane. He slammed 399 runs from a whopping average of 47 in that tour but he is struggling with poor form currently. His test average was above 29 from 15 innings this year.
He opined that “When you do well as a team, you feel really good,”
“This is a team sport … and it is the job of each and every bat to contribute for the team. And I think it’s important that we get those long partnerships together, in Australia that will really help us a lot.”
“Last time here, we really enjoyed batting together a lot, especially at the MCG,”
”Mitchell Johnson was really going after Virat Kohli and I was at the other end playing my game. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after bowlers. I was able to focus on my game, I still attacked but I was completely the opposite to Virat.” He reminded of the test tour in 2014-15.