IND vs AUS: Shastri lauds India’s pace attack, says it will trouble Australian batters

Written by Rohit Pawar

Former India player Ravi Shastri is excited about leading his third tour to Australia as the coach of the national team and believes that he understands the conditions very well.

Like it was for the historic series victory that India had in Australia in 2018-19 season, it is the bowlers and particularly the pacers who Shastri believes will be the key this time around.

He believes that the ‘fantastic five’ that he has this time around will be able to deliver Down Under.

“We have a fabulous five (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Mohammed) Siraj, Umesh (Yadav) and Navdeep Saini. Yadav has the experience. Saini is young and fast. Bumrah one of the best in business. Shami is raring to go. Siraj is an exciting prospect. You put up runs on the board and watch these fast bowlers hunt the opposition. They can beat Australia in their own den,” Shastri told Sportstar.

The last time India toured Australia, Indian bowlers took a combined 70 wickets with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack with 21 scalps, while Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma claimed 16 and 11 wickets respectively.

The Indian coach is aware of the challenges that a tour of Australia brings and therefore has been talking tough to his players to ensure that everyone is mentally prepared. He further added that playing in Australia brings out the ‘character’ in every player.

“You have to back your self-belief and take the field with a fearless attitude. You can’t be scared of failure. If you do, then you are likely to fail and I am glad this team has no fear of failure.

“We are prepared and let me remind you that never has cricket, or a cricket team, faced such a situation since the Second World War. We are going through the drills of staying mentally tough and approaching the series by taking one step at a time,” Shastri added.

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