Australia in India 2013-14 October 8, 2013

'We can't get complacent against Australia' - Rohit

ESPNcricinfo staff

George Bailey's side may be no match for the great Australian teams of recent vintage but Rohit Sharma feels India cannot afford to take them lightly during the seven-match ODI series, given the visitors' experience of playing in Indian conditions.

"They are a very competitive side with most of their players having featured in the IPL and the Champions League," Rohit told PTI. "They know the Indian conditions well. We can't get complacent against them. Australia on a given day are a very dangerous side."

Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson are the only two players in the Australia squad to have featured in more than 100 ODIs but Rohit refused to read too much into the relative inexperience of the others. "They are still a very competitive side," Rohit said. "Their batters are match-winners. We have to be at our best against them."

However, Rohit admitted that Australia would miss their regular captain and most experienced player Michael Clarke, whose chronic back problem has ruled him out of the series.

Following years of largely underwhelming performances in the middle order, Rohit has enjoyed success after being promoted to open the batting this year, and averages 41.42 in 16 ODIs since. However, his strike-rate in those matches dropped to 68.63 compared to a career figure of 75.61. With two new balls being used in ODIs now, Rohit said an opener had to be watchful initially.

"You need to be cautious with the new ball upfront. You have to plan your strategy accordingly. The shot selection becomes important for you as an opener, like what shots you have to play, which areas you have to go after. The new rules are more helpful to bowlers."

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  • sam on October 9, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    India have many better fast bowlers than Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma (at least 10). Yet these continue (especially Ishant) to play for India. Those two can bowl two kinds of deliveries :1. less garbage 2. more garbage

  • beverly on October 9, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I fear no team in the world against MS 'The Finisher' Dhoni, with his young Indian gunners - especially when they're playing in India. Once no old has been is there to intimidate the youths, and they are left free to express themselves, they will do well in any format, anywhere in the world. And, speaking about Rohit Sharma, what a waste of talent of a player of the highest calibre, by the Indian selectors! Rohit showcased himself to the world that he was the best batsman in India since 2008, in Australia. And it seems to me that because he looked about 3 classes ahead of SRT, they kept him playing ODIs which does not necessarily suit his style of play, and have him playing out of character for the past 5 years, and complaining that he's not producing! Rohit's career should have commenced in the test cricket arena, batting at NO.4; then only after he had gained enough experience in the PROPER format, he should have been allowed to play in the shorter versions. Such waste is shameful!

  • Vasudevan on October 9, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Rohit may have opened his mouth too soon. Dhoni does not look to be in form, Virat as also the fast bowlers have not played much recently, Raina is unpredictable, Ashwin and Jadeja have proved hopeless of late. Our hope is on Shikar and Yuvraj; chances are Australians may overwhelm India despite home conditions for the host.

  • Merv on October 9, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Australia shouldn't be too complacent about playing against India, even on the rolled mud.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Last two series Australia came to India they won 4-2. India also got knocked out early in CB series 2012. Considering the recent head to head record between India and Australia, India doesn't have much to be 'complacent about'. Do they.

  • Daison on October 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Is Rohit a certainty in the playing 11 by the way? He is talking about complacency??? He is the most complacent batsman in world cricket going by the body language he present.

  • Naresh on October 9, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Yes India should not be complacent, there are areas of concern like pace department. Their biggest problem right now is the rustiness of Jadeja, who since the season break is looking off colour.Lots of new youngsters coming thru - the biggest question is wlll they make it thru to the next grade. This is where India scores over other teams - their ability to mix youth with experienced players.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Be as complacent as you want, just doctor the pitches and use 6 spinners and Aus won't make 90... zzzzzzzz What a waste of time this tour is.

  • John on October 9, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    @Nampally: S. (or did you mean D.?) Warner, S. Smith and B. Hodge have all been in the IPL, but since they aren't with this Australian squad that hardly matters, does it?