India ready to pressure Aussies at MCG
India’s cricketers have adopted a ruthless mind set for tour of Australia and are determined to heap the pressure on Michael Clarke’s struggling side from the outset on Boxing Day.
INDIA’S cricketers have adopted a ruthless mind set for tour of Australia and are determined to heap the pressure on Michael Clarke’s struggling side from the outset on Boxing Day.
Their Big Three of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid spent quality time in the middle in their practice match against a Chairman’s XI side in Canberra on Friday.
The tourists feel that will only increase the heat on the Australians.
No Indian team has ever won a Test series here and, for senior players like Tendulkar and Dravid, time is running out to achieve the elusive milestone.
But rather than distancing themselves from the pressure, they are embracing the challenge.
“Of course, it’s something which we’re looking at,” said batsman Rohit Sharma, who made 56 not out in the drawn practice game.
“I think we should be very much happy with the way things have gone … in our preparation.”
The fall-out from Australia’s humiliating loss to New Zealand in Hobart also hasn’t been lost on the tourists.
“It’s a good sign they are having a batting camp so we know their weaknesses and what they’ve gone through the last couple of weeks,” Sharma said.
“We have all kept that (Australia’s under pressure) in mind and going into the first Test match we will walk out there and we need to put pressure on them.”
The emergency batting boot camp called by Australia to address their worrying collapses can’t be anything but music to the ears of the Indian seam attack, led by Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.
Australia have made capitulations of 150 runs or less a worrying habit over the past year and have long struggled against a moving ball.
Rohit Sharma said Australia’s deficiencies against swing bowling is the No.1 weakness India have pinpointed ahead of the four-Test series, as they look to recover from their own humiliating 4-0 whitewash to England in July-August.
“I heard they’re having some problems against swing bowling so we are very much putting all our thoughts together and we will try and come hard at them,” said the 24-year-old, who discounted the poor performances of the Indian bowlers against the Chairman’s team on what was a flat Manuka wicket.
“As far as the swing is concerned, we have a very good bowling unit which can put pressure on the Australians.
“It’s still 10 days before we play our first Test match so it’s a good time to see what they’re doing correctly and not doing correctly so I think we can put pressure on them.” - AAP
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