INDvsAUS: Ready to change fortunes this time, roars Rohit Sharma

INDvsAUS: Ready to change fortunes this time, roars Rohit Sharma

INDvsAUS: Ready to change fortunes this time, roars Rohit Sharma

An Australia in turmoil both on and off the field has made India the firm favourites in the compelling rivalry's latest battle which begins with a T20 global series here on Wednesday. If the team has a quiet, assured confidence about them as they prepare for their first warm-up, then the parochial press back home are happy to put it in simpler terms.

After all the talk around two of the biggest cricketing nations in the world, India and Australia are all set to lock horns in the first T20 at Gabba, Perth on Wednesday, November 21. "When you do well in places like Australia, you feel good as a team". India has not lost a T20I series ever since losing to West Indies in July 2017 while Australia is yet to register a series win against a top opponent since March of this year.

"Whenever we travel outside India there is always a special feeling and Australia is one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit", Rohit said after India's practice session at The Gabba.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for us to come out and express ourselves, play some great attacking cricket, take the game on and really try and take it to India", he said on Tuesday.

Indian captain Virat Kohli scored four hundreds during the team's last trip "Down Under" and Shastri backed the batting ace to come good again.

India played well but lost test series in both South Africa and England.

"When we step on the field we have 11 individuals striving for excellence, they want to be the best they can". Advantage India then? At least that's what several experts reckon. But even if they blast the Australians out of the postcode this week, everything will be digested in the context of how they are in the Test series, which swings into life on December 6. Five years removed from his debut against West Indies, Rohit has featured for India in 25 Tests, in which he has scored 1479 runs with three centuries and nine fifties - his last appearance coming against South Africa earlier in January. "It will be a challenge but we are ready to accept the challenge". "Obviously, Virat is the best player in the world at the moment and has been for some time in the shorter formats".

"But all the guys are determined to change things around this time". Shorter forms of the game haven't been their problem and Sharma has been in rampant form this year, already notching up two T20 centuries for his country.

"If I look at the limited-overs leg, last time we were here (T20s), we won pretty well, 3-0".

"We have some quality bowlers, in particular, spinners, so we will try to challenge them with our spinners. But most of the guys have come to Australia before, they understand the conditions", Sharma said.

"I have done well in limited overs here but the challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I am not thinking of, just want to do well in T20 format and take it forward where we go".

"When you play in places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I have grown up playing on cement pitches back home".

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