In the earlier foreign tours this year, there were a lot of mistakes were made by the Indian team and the paid a price as well during the South Africa and England tours. However, ahead of the third and final tour to Australia, the Asian giants are being tipped as favorites. Team India has never won a Test series in Australia but Virat Kohli’s team, despite guarded opinions from its members, is bidding to create history and their quest will start in Adelaide.
The absence of Steve Smith and David Warner who are serving ball-tampering bans has tilted the favor, albeit slightly, in favor of the visiting team. Even Australia coach Justin Langer reckons that the Indians are smelling blood. And it wasn’t a surprise when an Indian fan in Adelaide thought India would go on to win the upcoming four-Test series 3-0. The fan, while speaking to Rohit Sharma in a candid video chat for bcci.tv on the pedestrian bridge that runs over River Torrens, said he feels that the India team India have a good opportunity to beat the Australians at their own backyard.
However, both Rohit and Ashwin burst out laughing after hearing the comments from the fan. The former went on to ask the fan why he didn’t predict a 4-0 win. After listening to that, Rohir questioned, “Why not 4-0?”
The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6.
Rohit & Ashwin surprise fans on the streets of Adelaide 😯😯
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018
In the start of the video, Sharma said, “Australia is one of the places where we come and like to play our cricket because the fans here love their cricket. This time around, we hope we don’t disappoint our fans.”
Even Ashwin was even of the opinion that India has a considerable chance of dominating the series, he said, “Of course, the last time we were here, we had a very close series. We couldn’t really win a Test match but we came very close. Many of the players are coming here for the second or the third time, so we have got a reasonable chance for playing good cricket and make the fans enjoy the tour.”
Both Ashwin and Rohit have been named in the 12-man Indian squad that was announced on the eve of the first Test. The visitors, just like the hosts, are going in with a four-man bowling attack.
It's been an absolute honour to play alongside you and against you. Congratulations on a phenomenal career and I wish you a happy retirement, @GautamGambhir 👏🇮🇳
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 5, 2018