Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar | GETTY
Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar | GETTY

Ahead of India’s tour of Australia, the cricket pundits have already declared India the winner for the Test series which they assume would be one-sided against a mediocre Aussie side. We have another former cricketer to join the list of those who consider India as favorites.

Vinod Kambli believes it is going to be a historic Test series win for India in the backyard of Australia. The Tim Paine led Australia Test side doesn’t have much experience which India can take full advantage of.

“Our chances are bright. We are going to win the series (in Australia). These two batsmen (Smith and Warner) are not there, so take full advantage,” Kambli told PTI on Tuesday on the sidelines of the second camp of the Tendulkar- Middlesex Global Academy.

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Virat Kohli’s prime form is what keeping India ahead of Australia single-handedly. Kambli lauded Virat for his fluent and consistent batting. He said, “He (Kohli) is hungry for runs. And the hunger to do well, that is what is very good to see in him. The work ethics plus the way he is on the field, he is giving his 110 percent. So the main thing which I like about his playing and batting is the hunger for runs, he is very hungry.”

Prithvi Shaw impressed everyone in his debut Test series against West Indies. He was the highest run-getter in the series. “He is a stroke player, goes after the ball and likes to get runs. In fact, he likes to play his shots,” said Kambli.

Kambli’s advice for Shaw is, “Play your natural game.” He added, “I have always spoken to him (Shaw) and I just said to him, ‘play your natural game’. I said ‘don’t think too much, just go out there, enjoy your game and just be confident’. That is very important, when (he goes) for tours like Australia or plays anywhere else. I hope that he does the same.” 

Talking about the ongoing camp in hunt of some rare cricketing talent in India, Kambli said, “We had the first camp in D Y Patil (Stadium) and it went very well. We have wonderful coaches. The first lot in D Y Patil was good to work with. This was Sachin’s dream to give back something to the game. I have been associated with kids, this is another experience to meet good talent.”

India will play three T20s and four Test matches, which will be followed by three One Day Internationals Down Under.

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh