Cricketers fly off to Australia in bid to create history
Skipper Anil Kumble hopes the recent victory against Pakistan will give team the confidence and experience to beat the Aussies in their own backyard.cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2007 13:34 IST
Skipper Anil Kumble and his teammates on Monday left for Australia bidding to create history by becoming the first Indian team to conquer the Aussies in their own backyard.
Kumble and his men left by a morning flight to Singapore en-route to Melbourne, firm in their belief that they had the wherewithal to bring to the knees the mighty Australians on high-bouncing pitches against fiery speedsters.
"It's a tough challenge to play Australia in Australia but we are ready for the challenge. We have the potential and players to win the series in Australia," Kumble said in Mumbai when asked about the high-profile contest against Ricky Ponting's men.
"We had a very good series against Pakistan. We won the one-day as well as the Test series which is a confidence booster for doing well in Australia," proclaimed Kumble who will give way to one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and return home at the end of the four-Test rubber.
"We have quality in the side. We have enough experience of Australian conditions to adjust to them, which is a pre-requisite of international cricket. The potential in the side and the players' experience will help," he said, putting the onus on the array of quality batsmen in the team to set up the victory.