Australia Series Won't Be Easy, But We Are Up For It: Rohit Sharma

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India skipper Rohit Sharma connected Tuesday admitted that the upcoming big-ticket Test bid against Australia won't beryllium casual but said the hosts are "up for the challenge" against the satellite fig 1 side. After upstaging Sri Lanka 3-0 successful the preceding ODI series, India continued their good signifier and blanked New Zealand by the aforesaid borderline pursuing a 90-run triumph successful the 3rd and last lucifer successful Indore. "Honestly, we don't speech excessively overmuch astir rankings. It's astir winning games and it won't beryllium antithetic erstwhile we play the Tests against Australia. It won't beryllium an casual situation but we're up for it," Rohit said astatine the presumption ceremony.

"In the past six games we've done astir things close successful ODIs. We're accordant successful our attack with the bat and ball." India rested the gait duo of Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami for the lucifer and replaced them with Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik.

Rohit said contempt putting up 385 for 9 connected the board, it was not harmless connected the batting-friendly Holkar Cricket Stadium. New Zealand finished connected 295 successful 41.2 overs.

"Without Siraj and Shami we wanted to springiness opportunities to different guys connected the bench. We wanted to bring Chahal and Umran successful the mix, enactment them nether pressure. We had runs connected the board, but connected this benignant of crushed nary full is safe," helium said.

Rohit praised Shardul Thakur, who was India's champion bowler connected the day, registering figures of 3 for 45 from six overs.

"We stuck to the plans, held our nerves. Shardul has been doing this for a while, truthful immoderate radical telephone him 'Magician'.

"Every clip I've fixed Kuldeep the ball, helium brings wickets. Just request to springiness him much games nether his belt, due to the fact that wrist spinners get amended arsenic they play more." The India skipper besides had words of appreciation for young Shubman Gill, who amassed 360 runs successful 3 matches, including 2 centuries.

"His (Gill's) attack is rather similar. He starts afresh. As a young subordinate that is important. He tin easy beryllium connected apical of his laurels and instrumentality it easy, but helium doesn't." In the match, Rohit besides broke his three-year hiatus for a period successful ODIs by scoring 101 disconnected 85 balls.

"20th period means a batch to me, it was important to play agelong and instrumentality the squad to a bully total," helium said.

New Zealand skipper Tom Latham said adjacent though they were blanked successful the series, the 3 matches person been a large learning acquisition for the young players of the squad.

"The commencement with the shot wasn't large and we did good to bring them backmost to 380. It doesn't dependable close but it is, and past to beryllium bowled retired successful 40 overs didn't spell close for us," Latham said.

"It's our past acquisition successful India earlier the World Cup truthful the guys are exposed to these conditions successful the 3 games, and hopefully, it'll beryllium adjuvant successful October.

"We're gathering extent successful this radical without (Tim) Southee and others. Fingers crossed astir my signifier for the World Cup. Hopefully, we tin instrumentality the learnings for the T20 series." Thakur was adjudged Player of the Match for his good spell, and the right-arm pacer said helium is ever acceptable to lend to the team's success.

"I'm good liked by them and adjacent I similar my team-mates. At immoderate constituent they're going to travel aft you, and it's important to enactment successful the infinitesimal and not get up of yourselves.

"I inquire myself what needs to beryllium done and bash it the adjacent time. I don't deliberation excessively overmuch due to the fact that we've to beryllium acceptable for each situations, whether with the bat oregon ball. Everyone enjoys batting and modern-day crippled is each astir batting," helium said.

Player of the Series Gill said helium was satisfied with his show arsenic helium didn't alteration his attack to his game.

"Feels bully erstwhile you execute well. It's satisfying. I've not changed my approached much. I look to person those starts into large ones, to explicit myself. I effort to play according to the concern and conditions, not looking astatine my score," helium said.

"Our bowlers did a bully occupation and bowled truly good connected this wicket due to the fact that astatine 1 constituent it looked similar it could spell either ways."

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