Tour ender pits world champs

Updated: 22 October 2007 18:17 IST

Australia's tour of India is coming to an end and the series-ender is probably the most anticipated clash of the tour - a Twenty20 match.

Tour ender pits world champs

Mumbai:

Australia's tour of India is coming to an end and the series-ender is probably the most anticipated clash of the tour - a Twenty20 match.

Twenty20 World Champions India will be under pressure having just lost the one day series, while Australia captain Ricky Ponting says this is not a revenge match for having lost to India in the world cup semis.

"I want 14 players who, if I ask them to, will stand in front of a truck," said MS Dhoni, Captain, Indian Cricket Team.

MS Dhoni could well have given an automobile company its new tagline after the ODI series defeat versus Australia.

After the roller-coaster ride in South Africa, Team India's wagon hit a roadblock at home but the optimistic skipper, who comes from the land of Tatas, is confident that when it comes to Twenty20 cricket, his world champions can put the Aussies on the backfoot once again on Saturday.

And sharing that spirit is the man who Ponting thinks is India's most promising batsman.

Meanwhile, the Aussies haven't forgotten their 15-run shock defeat at the hands of Indians in the Twenty20 World Cup semifinal at Durban last month.

The men in blue outclassed and outwitted them on that occasion but, with the 4-2 series win in ODIs, they are in no mood to give it away this time.

"There is nothing about getting even. They played well against us in the last game and deserved to win, that's what cricket is all about," said Ricky Ponting, Captain, Australian Cricket Team.

"Somedays you win, sometimes you don't. We just have to go out and enjoy. Hopefully execute what we really do well. There is no revenge or anything, it's about enjoying the game," he added.

Hope the Kangaroos take their captain's words in right spirit.

Topics : Cricket
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