“The biggest thing right now is to win the series and that’s what everybody is focusing on right now,” Ishant said ahead of the practice game at the SCG which is set to start on Wednesday (28 November). “We are not even thinking about personal performances. Just one aim that is to win a series in Australia,” he added, reports Cricbuzz.
The 30-year old pacer also spoke of the significance of setting the tone early and adapting to the conditions quickly. “I think it’s pretty serious for us (the practice game), because we have to set the tone. You know the conditions, obviously playing here after a long time. You need to get into the groove, get used to the conditions and I think it’s a pretty important game for everyone.”
That Australia will be sans David Warner and Steven Smith is no secret. The Delhi pacer said that India will try to beat the team that’s in front. “Whoever is representing their country, they are good enough and that’s why they’re representing the country. We don’t take anything lightly.”
Ishant also noted that there is no room for complacency with the Indian pace battery boasting of quality pacers in Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and himself.
“If you’re representing the country the pressure is there, I think it’s a great opportunity as well because you have a healthy competition in the team as you can see there a lot of fast bowlers coming up and if you are not doing well then any time you can sit behind and watch the game.
I think it is a great opportunity for everyone to do well in any conditions as you can see we did well in the last two tours especially in South Africa and England as well.”
India are yet to win a Test series in Australia, but Ishant weens that’s a thing of the past. “I’m not really a kind of person who thinks about the past, I’m always looking forward to what’s gonna happen in the future. So, I’m looking forward to do well in this tour.”