Team India ready to take on favourite rival Australia
THE INDIA-PAKISTAN series is over now. India won both the One-day and Test series against Pakistan at home after more than two decades. This is being said that India and Pakistan are playing each other at short intervals and the frequent matches are abating the passion and intensity of Indo-Pak battle in ground. During the recent series, the response was different and people treated it as ‘just another series’.
One can say that this is the result of excessive cricket played between these two ‘rival’ teams. There could be some more reasons for the same. However, I do feel that the ‘focus’ on the rival has been shifted now and for India, Australia has become bigger rival team than Pakistan.
Indians feel more excitement if Team India defeats Australia anywhere in any tournament and series. Even the cricket analysts have felt the real intensity in the last two series, India-Australia series followed by India-Pakistan series. We were more passionate about defeating Australian team even by using ‘war of words’, aggression (both on and off the field) and great intensity level as well.
Australian batsman Mathew Hayden once said that he loved the silence prevailed in the stadium after hitting the boundary or winning against India in India. He also said that now India has replaced England as his favourite opposition. People still remember Sreesanth and Symonds episode happened in the India-Australia series.
Australia is said to be the most dominant as well as most arrogant team in the world. This is also being said that the Australian dominance in world cricket is actually killing the sport. The sports lover everywhere have been fed up of watching Australia winning every time in every tournament they play.
Every other team just wants to outplay Australian team at any cost. India and Pakistan, both the Asian teams, defeated Australia in the Twenty-20 World Cup this September and gave the cricket fans in the subcontinent a pleasant surprise.
Since then the rivalry between India and Australia has gone on the rise. The behaviour of the crowd during matches against Australia also came under scanner and Aussie fans have reportedly vowed to reciprocate the same to Indian team when they tour Down Under in December.
Now, the Indian team has reached Melbourne. Australian captain Ricky Ponting has already started the mental game by saying that Kumble will feel the pressure. Brett Lee has mentioned that the test series with India is at par with Ashes.
Australian ex-coach Buchanan has given a blueprint ‘how to contain Sachin Tendulkar in the series. Sourav Ganguly has said that the team is capable to do well in Australia because this is perhaps the most experienced Indian team to play Down Under.
India had given Australia a run for their money during their previous tour in 2000 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. India was the only team that drew the series against the world champion on their soil in past one decade.
Australia will offer some very arduous and nerve wrenching cricket this summer for sure. The emotions are running high both in India as well as Australia both. Everyone is hoping that the series will not be one-sided and Team India will receive good support in Australia. India-Australia fight on ground will not be ‘just another series’. Lets’ hope India do well in Down Under. My best wishes to Team India.
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