Ravi Shastri believes India's 'fabulous five' can conquer Australia 'in their own den'
- Ravi Shastri dubbed India's quick bowling lineup led by Bumrah as the "fabulous five"
- Shastri backed his men to beat Australia in their own den come December 17
- The 58-year-old informed that players are going through the drills of staying mentally tough
Indian coach Ravi Shastri believes the team's pace quintet can conquer Australia "in their own den" in the upcoming Test series between the world's top two cricketing sides.
Talking to Sportstar, Shastri dubbed India's quick bowling lineup of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini as the "fabulous five".
"Yadav has the experience. Saini is young and fast. Bumrah one of the best in business. Shami is raring to go. Siraj is an exciting prospect."
India's quick bowlers, led by Bumrah, are all set to face a powerful home batting line-up including the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith when the four-Test series begins on December 17.
However, the 58-year-old backed the pace unit and said, "You put up runs on the board and watch these fast bowlers hunt the opposition. They can beat Australia in their own den."
Despite being likely to be without the injured Ishant Sharma, who is receiving treatment India for a muscle tear, Shastri said his team's pace unit was the best in the world.
"His absence does make a difference to the fast-bowling department, but then we have the capacity among the young bowlers to deliver," he said.
Australia last week overtook India at the top of the inaugural World Test championship points table when the scoring system was amended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Virat Kohli's men enjoyed a historic first Test series win Down Under on their last tour in 2018-19.
Shastri, who was reappointed as the head coach in August 2019, is confident his team can stay focused on and off the pitch during the tour, which requires travel bubbles and isolation because of the pandemic.
"You have to back your self-belief and take the field with a fearless attitude," said the former India all-rounder.
"We are prepared and let me remind you that never has cricket, or a cricket team, faced such a situation since the Second World War."
"We are going through the drills of staying mentally tough and approaching the series by taking one step at a time," the coach added.
India, who are undergoing a two-week quarantine in Sydney, are hoping senior batsman Rohit Sharma and Ishant will be able to join them for the Tests.
Rohit, who led Mumbai Indians to their record fifth Indian Premier League title on November 10, suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the limited-overs matches, which start on November 27.
Shastri said that if the pair were not able to board a flight within a few days then the strict 14-day quarantine rules would "make it difficult for them to play the first Test".
Kohli will lead the side in three ODIs, three Twenty20s and the opening Test -- a day-night game in Adelaide -- before taking on paternity leave and returning home.