Ajinkya Rahane believes that the absence of some players will not affect the team's game and that they have great players in all positions "We do have a strong attack. We will miss Ishant, he is a senior fast bowler.
But the guys who are here - Umesh (Yadav), (Navdeep) Saini, (Mohammad) Siraj with Jasprit and Shami - are all experienced and they know how to bowl in these conditions. It is all about bowling in partnerships for us," Rahane said on Tuesday (December 15).
"Everyone's equally good. We have not decided on our combination, we will sit tomorrow. There is one more practice session to go. Everyone is equally talented. Whoever plays can win matches, it is about trusting the players."
Rahane seems ready for the match and thinks that this time it will be much different than it was in 2018 when they beat Australia "We all know we did really well last time (in 2018). This is a new series starting with the pink ball, it's about getting the momentum.
We have the attack to get 20 wickets. For us, it's important to start well and stay in the present. Just focusing on the pink ball Test and then focusing on the remaining matches," he said. Asked about Ashwin's role, he replied: "Ashwin's role will be very important, he is experienced and has got variety in his bowling.
His role as a bowler and as a batsman will be really important. I am sure he will have a very good series."
Rahane on Australia team and quarantine
Yet it seems the team has never been more prepared despite the pandemic and travel "We came here a month before.
The quarantine was challenging. Luckily, we got practice sessions, that was good. The preparation was really good. We got time this year to practice and plan really well. The two practice matches helped us before the first Test match.
We are looking forward to starting well in this series. "They are a very good team. Playing against Australia at home is always a challenge. Yes, they have got a few good youngsters and they know their conditions really well.
We have played against them in practice games. Their team is really good and balanced. We have to respect them and play to our potential. That is the key in this series. "Getting used to the conditions is really important and playing as a team is the key, When you play for your country, you don't need to tell anyone anything.
That's the motivation. Luckily in Australia, the situation is much better. Now, it is about thinking about the series rather than focusing on other things," said Rahane.