Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that he along with captain Michael Clarke will have to take the big responsibility in the absence of Michael Hussey and former skipper Ricky Ponting.
Without any doubt, the spinners are India’s main strength. And Watson is not reluctant to admit that his side needs to be at its best in order to get the better of the Indian slow bowlers.
"England certainly showed that and the guys who got big runs made it easier for the others. One thing in India is that it’s hard to start your innings, so if you can get a start, it’s important to go on and get those really big scores like England did,"
"Then you have plenty of runs to play with throughout the Test. There’s no doubt that the Indian spinners are very highly skilled, especially in these conditions. So it will be a big challenge for us.”
"But what has been shown in the past by a number of international teams coming here is that if individuals in the team are at their best, then you can have success here, so there’s no reason why we can’t," Watson added.
The Men in Blue are not in top form these days. After facing a terrible loss at the hands of England in the Test series, the Indians failed to improve, and could not spark against Pakistan.
After losing the ODI series against the archrivals, Team India showed good stuff, and beat the Englishmen in the limited-over series. On the other hand, the Aussies are in great rhythm these days.
After doing well against Sri Lanka, the Kangaroos defeated the Windies in the recent series. Yet, a stiff test is waiting for them in India.
"I’ve played a lot of cricket here and met with a lot of success too. We’ve got quite a young group here, so I guess I am one of the people who would help out as much as I can so we play as well as we can in these conditions, I suppose," Watson said at a
media session here on Tuesday.
"Now, with Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting not here, Michael Clarke and me are the senior players, we’ve played the most cricket here. We’ll certainly help out the young guys who haven’t had an opportunity to play out here before.”