Virat Kohli Could Equal Clive Lloyd's Unbeaten Run as Captain: Gavaskar

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He is a world class bowler and he will be hard to play, but our guys will have our plans.

"He's obviously a world-class player and he's been batting extremely well - he's scored four double centuries in his last four series' so he's obviously a big player for India, along with their other batters". You don't want people to change their natural games. "I think with way Bhuvi has bowled all because of his fitness levels having increased, having more strength in body is being able to put more pace behind the ball which is key for reverse swing", Kohli said. There's time in a game where you can attack more, and times when you need to defend a little bit, and let the game take its course for a little and then try and keep things quite tight.

The accuracy of spinners R Ashwin (4-73) and Ravindra Jadeja (4-78) combined with pacer Ishant Sharma's (2-40) ability to reverse swing the ball helped India clinch a massive 208-run against Bangladesh in the one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here in Uppal yesterday. Excerpts: How do you assess this Australia outfit going in to the series against India? Back in 2015, when Australia tried to sledge him in their own backyard, the strategy backfired on them as it only brought the best out of the Indian captain. "The only thing I feel we could have done was close the second innings quicker". Thus, by no means are Australia the favourites going into the India series, but Smith is still hoping for the best.

The 47-year-old has tipped Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, two of Australia's main bowlers who have the ability to torment the Indian batsmen in the series. "Our individuals will play the best cricket they know". "It's all about us making sure that as individuals we're in the right mindset to go out and succeed and if guys want to get in those kind of battles then go for it". I really don't know what the reasons to lose overseas are.

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By the sheer dint of their record 19-Test unbeaten streak and the formidable home run in the last couple of years, India may start as Goliath, but Australia will be no David, said Steve Waugh in Monaco on Tuesday. India won a series one more time - their sixth consecutive series win since Sri Lanka in 2015.

"All of our batsmen will have our game plan to counter what Ashwin brings".

Ashwin, the world's top-ranked Test bowler, surpassed Australia's legendary paceman Dennis Lillee, who took 48 matches to reach the same mark.

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