New Delhi: Rohit Sharma feels India should take a cautious approach against Australia, in their limited overs series, which kicks off with a T20, in Rajkot, on Thursday.
Rohit’s belief stemmed from the Australian cricketers’ familiarity with Indian conditions due to playing in the IPL and Champions League T20.
Rohit wants the hosts to guard against complacency. “They are a very competitive side with most of their players having featured in the IPL and Champions League T20. They know the Indian conditions well. We can’t get complacent against them. Australia, on a given day, are a very dangerous side,” Rohit said.
Rohit differed from the view that Australia have arrived in India with the least experienced squad and rated their batsmen as ‘match winners’.
“They are still a very competitive side. Their batters are match winners. We have to be at our best against them,” Rohit said.
Australia would be playing without their regular skipper Michael Clarke, who has opted out of the series due to a low back injury, and Rohit said the visitors would definitely ‘miss his experience’.
Rohit also rubbished former Australian captain Ian Chappell’s views that the upcoming series has been ‘badly-timed’ and will dent the team’s morale by exposing its ‘glaring’ batting frailties on spin-friendly tracks.
“I don’t agree with his views. For me, every series is important whenever it is played. The India-Australia series is always important for cricketers. The last thing a player wants is to sit back at home and not playing the game,” he said.
With each fielding team given two new balls to be used in alternate overs, Rohit said it would make the job of the openers difficult.
“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. The new rules are more helpful to bowlers,” he said.
Rohit, however, refused to bring in any change to his style of play.
“Everything will remain same to me and I am not going to change my style of play. I am not going to make any changes in my batting technique,” he said.