"This is one place we want to leave our mark on and do well as an unit", Rohit told reporters in Brisbane where the three-match Twenty20 series kicks off on Wednesday.
With two T20I centuries already this year, Rohit has the maximum hundreds in cricket's shortest format with four scores of 100+. So you got to be prepared for it. The last time we played Test series here, although we lost two games, and drew one game, I thought there were a few close games being played - especially at Brisbane.
Team India has landed in Australia for a spine-chilling tour, but the hosts will be missing the services of two of their prominent cricketers from the team. So we are ready to accept that, change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performance.
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But Shastri believes Pandya's withdrawal from both the T20 and four-Test series - starting in Adelaide on December 6 - with a back injury has created the biggest headache by upsetting team balance.
"The first time I came here was in 2007, had a good time, so I have done well in limited overs cricket".
He said the Indian attack would have to pick up the slack without the fast bowling all-rounder on Australian decks that have not been kind to them in the past. Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us. I have not played in Perth, the new stadium, but Brisbane whenever we have played here it has always challenged us as a batting unit. "There's a real good feeling inside the group". So, we want everybody to step up and make it count. "The bounce when sometimes you play in places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cement pitches back home, so I always enjoy coming here". "But the guys are eager to turn things around". It's not going to be easy, but we have quality in our group.
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"I have done well in limited overs here but the challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I am not thinking of, just want to do well in T20 format and take it forward where we go".
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.
Reflecting on the squad, Sharma said that different individuals will play in different formats.
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