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Opening batsman Murali Vijay is brimming with confidence ahead of India’s four-Test series against Australia later this month, and has gone as far as saying that his side will “be winning the series four-nil”.
India have enjoyed a lot of success on home soil this season as they whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in September-October last year before thrashing England 4-0 in November-December.
Furthermore, the last time the Baggy Greens toured India in 2013, they were whitewashed 4-0.
Even though Australia have included four spinners in their squad, Vijay believes the scoreline will be exactly the same as it was four years ago.
“It looks like Australia have a new strategy for India tour as they have packed their squad with spinners,” the 32-year-old said. “What we have to do is to focus on our preparation.
“Aussies are a top side, but we have been playing a great brand of cricket for the past three years. I think we will be dominating the Aussies. Our approach would be winning the series four-nil.”
In their last trip to the subcontinent, Australia were beaten 3-0 by Sri Lanka in July-August 2016.
But, despite being pummelled, left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc was one of the few Australian players to excel as he finished with 24 wickets in three Tests at an average of 15.16.
Starc is once again going to play an instrumental role for Australia during the four-Test series later this month and Vijay insisted that he is looking forward to taking on the 27-year-old.
“I’m up for the challenge,” he said. “I have a strong belief in my ability and I’m sure it will hold me in good stead. I’m also working on a few aspects to enhance my game.”