After Australia lost the Test series against India at home in 2019, they would surely be playing for their pride in the upcoming series in December. India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has also admitted that winning again against the Tim Paine-led side will be a big challenge because they would be preparing much better.
Last year, Team India created history after winning their maiden Test series in Australia. However, they were not rightly credited for their victory as the yellow army was labelled weak.
Australia played without their two-star performers Steve Smith and David Warner. At that time, the duo was serving one year ban after being found guilty of ball-tampering in the Cape Town Test match in 2018.
But in the upcoming Test series, Smith and Warner will join the team and this would be the right time for India to prove themselves as dominant.
It’s a very important series: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane reckons that winning against Australia was the proudest moment for Team India. But he is well acquainted with the challenge later this year when Australia will be playing with their star performers.
“Very important series in Australia, especially with (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner back in their set up and (Marnus) Labuschagne, is doing well. We won the series last time and it was the proudest moment in our lives. Winning again in Australia will be a challenge they will be preparing much better for us now,” Rahane said on the latest episode of India Today Inspiration.
Keeping in mind the World Test Championship, Ajinkya Rahane said that the team will aim at winning games one by one to gain more points.
“It’s important we play as a team and take one game at a time. We should forget what happened in 2018 and take positives from that series but this is the Test Championship where every match and innings counts,” he said. We have to give our best in each and every Test, especially the first game is really important for the momentum.
Notably, the Virat Kohli-led side would be playing the first Test series since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March.