"Australia, the land of the self-assured and, many would say smug, cricketers while playing on home territory, are today a nation in turmoil", thunders The New Indian Express. "Australia is one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit", he said. "I just try to keep it simple, try and go out there and enjoy my game", quipped Rohit.
"If I look at the limited-overs leg the last time we were here, especially talking about the T20s, we did pretty well here we won 3-0", said Rohit. Despite the recent results on away tours, Sharma maintained that there is a good feeling among the teammates this time around.
Rohit Sharma during a net session in Brisbane, Australia. "It was a shortened game - 10 overs a side - so you can not make too much out of it", Sharma said, not reading too much into Australia's defeat. "But as a bowling unit, we are prepared to face that challenge".
"Last time we played a Test series here, although we lost two games and drew one, but I thought we played few close games, especially at Brisbane". Left-arm pacer Behrendorff could be Australia's trump card as he had troubled the Indians with a sensational spell of four for 21 in a T20 played in Guwahati previous year.
"We will approach this the same way that we have approached any limited-overs game that we have played here". "It is not going to be easy, we understand that, but we have quality in our group". However, the motive of the team is to try and cease all the moments.
"Australia in Australia is always going to be risky. In places like Australia you want the whole unit to come together, that is our focus", he said. The three-match series will be starting on January 12 and Team India will be looking to settle their squad ahead of the World Cup.
India is number 2 in the one-day worldwide and Twenty20 global rankings, while five-time and defending World Cup champion Australia has slumped to number 6 in the ODI rankings and number 3 in T20s.
But "India want to make it count" this time, he added. There's a real good feeling inside the group in all three formats.
"The challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I'm not thinking of".
Reflecting on the squad, Sharma said that different individuals will play in different formats. So we are ready to accept that, change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performance.