India will miss all-rounder Pandya: coach


India is slated to play three-match T20Is, four-Test matches and three ODIs against Australia, beginning November 21. Yes it is challenging for all our batsmen when we come around here but again, most of guys have come to Australia before. I've not played at Perth in the new stadium.

However, his deputy Rohit Sharma has proved in the recent past that he is perhaps the most vital cog in India's batting in the shortest format.

"Whenever we travel outside India, there's always a special feeling". I keep it simple, try to go out there and enjoy my game.

He admitted that he would love to get another century in the forthcoming Australia series as well but insisted he was not looking too far ahead of himself. We don't need a few individuals to step up.

"The Indian team is good, we all know that but the same team went to England and South Africa and those teams were also "weak". The last time we played in Brisbane and not Perth. "The motive is to seize all the moments and win". Especially in Australia. It's one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit.

He said the Indian attack would have to pick up the slack without the fast bowling all-rounder on Australian decks that have not been kind to them in the past. "There's a really good feeling inside the group", he said. There hasn't been a lot of change in personnel from that team and Rohit was confident of his side putting up a strong fight this time around too. It's not that easy for us.

"Australia in Australia will always be risky without a doubt".

"The challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I'm not thinking of".

Whack. It gets better: "Embarrassment has replaced the pride they used to take in playing the "Australian Way", a euphemism for playing in a hard, overtly aggressive and arrogant manner, which gave primacy to the end result and cared little about the means adopted".

The four-Test series starts in Adelaide on December 6 a break with tradition from a regular first Test venue at Brisbane's Gabba ground and will include matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

World No.2 India are overwhelming favourites for their tour opening T20 series starting in Brisbane on Wednesday after winning 10 of their 15 overall clashes against Australia in the shortest form.

While a regular in India's limited-overs format, Rohit Sharma is yet to quite cement his place in India's Test squad.