Pujara says India is no one-trick pony

Arnold Nichols
Декабря 7, 2018

As a bowling unit, we are very confident. In the eight Tests Kohli has played away from home this year, in South Africa and England, he has been dismissed significantly more often when bowlers have pitched the ball up. "In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli. We all want to express ourselves.

Defeat does little to lift the spirits, and Australia have lost a string of series across formats since the Newlands scandal.

"When you have faced some bowlers in the past, you know what are their strengths and weaknesses". Asked whether Australia cheated, a fired-up Kohli said "I didn't say that, you did".

"I was the one who suggested that we should go back home immediately because it was clear it was one-sided and it was not fair but Anil (Kumble) showed great leadership qualities and managed everything", Laxman said during the Delhi launch of his book "281 and Beyond" here. "But at the same time I would like to respect the opposition".

"It could be the IPL which has helped produce good fast bowlers and is benefitting the Indian test team at the moment". "I scored my first Test ton here, from then on the connection started", the Indian skipper told the press here on Wednesday afternoon. The last time he was on Australian shores for a Test tour, he clobbered 692 runs at an excellent average of 86. Clive Lloyd used to say a visiting team had to be twice as good as the Aussies to win in their lair. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable.

"I can not comment on what Australia will do".

"He's a terrific young player and he's looked very good in some of the most competitive net sessions I've seen for a long time in Australian cricket". But I am sure we will look to play fierce cricket and look to be aggressive.

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His remarkable strike-rate of five-and-a-half wickets per Test match outstrips all of Australia's most celebrated.

India usually field one spinner in overseas Tests, and going by the amount of overs bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the practice match against Cricket Australia XI, the team management made it clear that Ashwin would be India's first choice.

"Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything. Our bowlers know what they have to do", he said.

In the run-up to the four-Test series, which starts in Adelaide on Thursday, Australian pundits have been asking how the hosts can go about stopping Kohli but few have been able to provide a satisfactory answer.

"We've all trained exceptionally well".

"The trainer and physio have been monitoring the workload so depending on that we thought it is best to take a break and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test match".

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