Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Battling India veteran Vijay has no fear of Australia

Battling India veteran Vijay has no fear of Australia

Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw's ankle injury in a practice game ahead of the Test series versus Australia has curtailed captain Virat Kohli's options for the first match in Adelaide. "I can't describe what it is, not in front of the media".

"Basically, I am ready, I just want to go out there and contribute and give a good start for my team".

And no one should doubt what it would mean to Kohli were he to lead India to their inaugural Test-series win in Australia during an upcoming four-match campaign.

Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime.

"At times when we get too emotional, we can lose our way a little bit".

"I am going to pick Australia, but don't ask me why I am picking them".

"The way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, the way you create pressure, you don't have to say anything to have mongrel". And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit. "And when you have played some bowlers in the past you always know what are their strengths and weaknesses, what to expect from them".

But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying.

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend. "They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team", he said.

"Even when it comes to bench strength, if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, they will have some backup".

"Being the number one Test team, we always look to win each and every series, and this is no different". So he should get the full quota of matches in the series. "To be honest we play as a team". In the meantime, former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has predicted the victor of the series.

Pujara said the visitors are not bothered about sledging. 37-year old Watson, who played most of his first-class cricket in Queensland, is disappointed that the first Test of the summer has been moved from the "Gabba", where conditions are known to favour the quick bowlers.

"Still with the wickets the way they are - the pace and bounce, we are accustomed to playing here as well, so that doesn't make things easy for the Indians".

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