We can create history Down Under: Kumble

Published: Monday, December 17, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble today said here that his team, which will leaving for a four-Test series in Australia, will be aiming towards creating history.

Kumble also felt that only one warm up match before the first Test would be enough to adjust to the conditions. Addressing a press conference ahead of the team's departure to Australia, ''In international cricket, now-a-days it is important for all players to adjust quickly and most of the players have played in Australia hence I do not think it would hamper us''.

He further said that the Kookaburra ball also would not give any problems to his bowlers as they have bowled before with the ball.

Speaking on the strengths of the team, he said, ''We have the experience in batting to put up huge scores and we also have the bowlers to put them under pressure and be able to take 20 wickets in a match.''

Replying to a query regarding what would be the approach of the Indian team especially after the ODI series in India in which a lot of sledgeing went on, Kumble said that they would only allow their cricket to do the talking.

Speaking about the opposition, the Indian captain said Australia are always a tough side to face. ''They have the quality, but I believe we have the experience to combat them and ensure we play to our potential. If we do that, we can give a very good account of ourselves in Australia.''

Kumble admitted that the absence of Sreesanth and Munaf Patel will be felt, but injuries are a part and parcel of the game. ''This also gives a chance to the youngsters like Ishant Sharma and Pankaj Singh to prove a point and both are extremely promising bowlers who would give good support to the experienced Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan,'' the Indian captain added.

On what he and the team would be doing to pep up Virender Sehwag, who has been going through a lean patch, Kumble said, ''The trust shown in him by including for this important tour should be enough of a morale booster for him to do well on the tour. He also gives us an attacking option at the top of the order.'' Kumble also said that winning the ODI and Test series against Pakistan had given the team the extra confidence to do well in Australia.

Chetan Chauhan, the Indian administrative manager, said that he had been the manager of the Indian team in 2001 when they stopped the Australians' winning streak of 16 straight Test matches. ''And now also, I assure you, we have a fit, balanced team to stop the Aussies who have won 14 straight Test matches at the moment.''


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