India lucky to have Sachin Tendulkar: Henriques

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013, 18:18 [IST]
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India lucky to have Sachin: Henriques

Mohali, Mar 11: India is lucky to have the experience of senior players such as MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar and it would be a big challenge for Australia to make a come back in the third Test, all-rounder Moises Henriques said here on Sunday (March 10).

"It's a different challenge. It is certainly very tough to win over here, to win Test matches, against a very experienced Indian team and very experienced Indian spinners," said Henriques.

"You have guys like (MS) Dhoni and (Sachin) Tendulkar still leading the team around as senior players; obviously India is very lucky to have those characters around. It is a very strong team, especially here (at home) and plays very well. So, it's a big challenge for all of us. For a lot of Australian players it is their first tour to India, so it is a new challenge. We are all doing as much as we can to learn from every match we play here. We got to learn faster because we need to win this Test match," he added.

Henriques heaped praise on Indian spinners R. Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, terming them as "fantastic bowlers" and said they have to take positives from the two Test losses and quickly learn from their mistakes. "Obviously, we have to learn from what we haven't done well in the first couple of matches" he said.

Asked what was the message from their team management after two losses in Chennai and Hyderabad, Henriques said, "The message is basically to stay positive and stay truthful to your plans and if you have a plan keep backing it and if you don't (then) to find out what the right plan is for you."

The all-rounder, who has just featured in two Tests, said the break ahead of the third Test has helped the team to think and strategise their plans.

"I think with a little bit of break between the second and third test allowed players time to work on making sure they know their plans and executing what their plan is," Henriques said.


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