India began their tour of Australia in great style as the men in blue demolished an under par Western Australia Cricket XI side. Electing to bat first on a glorious evening, the Indians notched up a healthy 192 on board. Top order batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were the chief architects, as the two scored 74 each to propel the visitors.

The bowlers then finished off the job as rookie left-arm pacer Brainder Sran, and the spin twins of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel took 2 wickets apiece. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was ecstatic after India’s win and Dhawan praised pacer Sran for his efforts in particular after the game. “It was a great boost for Beri, actually I call him by that name. It always nice to get three wickets. With time, he will get more matured as he gains experience. He is fit and strong. He looks to be a good prospect for India,” said Dhawan.

“I am happy that I scored runs in a practise match. It gives me confidence. I got used to the pitch. More time that I spend at the wicket in the coming days, better it will be for me,” the southpaw added. “It was good to get into a groove and get a 100 run partnership before the main match. We got what needed from the practice match,” said Dhawan.

When quizzed about the changes in India’s approach, from the 2014/15 tour of Australia, Dhawan said that not much had changed. “If you ask me about what changed from last time, I would say some players have changed. But the attitude is still the same as there can’t be much change on that aspect. Because at international level, one needs to maintain a certain degree of hard work. We will be aggressive and play with a positive mindset. We are pumped up and well prepared for this tour. We are covering all areas in regards to fitness and skill work. We have just got to work hard, keep calm and focus. We will try to achieve the goals given by support staff,” he said.

“Australia are one of the best sides in the world. Winning against a good side always gives a good feeling. We will give our best shot.” The opener is also not concerned that Australia will miss some of their frontline bowlers. “See we haven’t thought about it. We will focus on what we have to do,” Dhawan concluded.