With Australia not having its two key players Steve Smith and David Warner, batting great Sachin Tendulkar believes that it will be a huge opportunity” for India to do something special Down Under.
“I think we have a huge opportunity (in Australia). The Australian team does not look the same Australian side that it used to be and with Smith and Warner not there, this is a great opportunity to go out and do something special,” Tendulkar said when asked about India’s chances in the upcoming tour.
India begins the tour with three T20s, which will be followed by a four-match Test series, the first beginning at Adelaide on December 6. Smith and Warner are currently serving a one-year ban while Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months after their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March.
Asked about it and whether he would like to see the duo playing, Tendulkar said, “I would want to see good cricket for sure (in Australia). They both (Smith and Warner) are world-class players. So, I don’t want to get into that debate whether the ban should be reduced or not. But I would like to see them, but by no means, I am saying or interfering in what their judgment has been. All I am saying is both are world class players.”