Team India did a grand opening in the World Cup 2019 with victory over South Africa on Wednesday. While India’s former captain Sachin Tendulkar believes that next match for India won’t be as easy.
India rode on a magnificent hundred from Rohit Sharma to chase down a below-par score of 228 with 6 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten
on 122 to guide India in the run chase. India had restricted the Proteas to 227 for 9 with Yuzvendra Chahal (4/51), Jasprit Bumrah (2/35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/44) starring with the ball.
India will next face Australia in their second match at The Oval in London on June 9. Tendulkar feels the pitch at The Oval will be different from the one India faced in Southampton as it will offer more bounce and therefore, it will be difficult to tackle an Australian attack consisting of the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
“All the confidence you have gained from this game (vs South Africa), pack that in your kit back and get to your next game. Australians are going to be a tough team to handle because of the combination and confidence they have at the moment.
But I feel Team India have the ammunition to go out and do what is required. But Australia at The Oval, it’s going to be a good game. The pitch has slightly spongy bounce and I think Australians are more used to that. Oval is one pitch where I feel there is a little bit of extra bounce which might favor Australia slightly.
Tendulkar told media, “The Australian attack is a good attack but Indian team is geared to play that attack. We have done well in the past against that bowling attack. Guys will be ready to face them.”
Australia was missing the services of Steve Smith and David Warner for a year due to their ball-tampering bans but now that they are back, the team looks completely different and more confident with the star performers back in the side.
“They are a different side. Whatever I saw of David Warner in the IPL, he looked extremely fit and above all he looked determined and motivated to go out there and get runs,” Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar also advised the Indian batsmen to not lose heart if they are beaten by the bowlers on some occasions as the pitches in England are different from what Indian batsmen are used to backing home.
“In these conditions, it’s ok to get beaten, bowlers are also there to pick wickets. They will beat your bat. But eventually what matters is what the scoreboard says,” Tendulkar said.