India skipper Virat Kohli said he was ‘more excited than nervous’ about the wicket of the new Perth stadium as he looks to twist the knife in the second Test against Australia.
Kohli said he was impressed by the new arena but remained unconcerned by a wicket that is set to favour fast bowlers, with Australia having a world-class line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
He pointed to his own attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, saying they were "at the peak of their abilities".
"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now because we understand that we do have a bowling attack that can bowl the opposition out as much as they are confident about their attack," he said.
"When you have fast bowlers who are at the peak of their abilities it is always a great thing to have in the side.
"And as batsmen it gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up to put in those significant match-winning batting performances, because we have so much belief in our bowling unit at the moment.
"We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want."
Despite Kohli's confidence, he cautioned his team against complacency, noting that "we need to keep repeating good things to win series".
India will go into the second Test without the services of prolific off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma as both players have been ruled out due to injuries.
Ashwin is receiving treatment for a left-sided abdominal strain, while Sharma jarred his back while fielding in Adelaide, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.
Also missing, as expected, will be exciting young opener Prithvi Shaw, who is recovering from ligament damage sustained in a warm-up match ahead of the Adelaide Test. The BCCI said Shaw, 19, was "recovering well" but was still undergoing treatment.
However, Kohli was confident about India's chances in the inaugural Test at the new Perth Stadium, which has replaced the city's venerable WACA Ground as its premier cricket venue.
"We are definitely confident of the percentage of chances we have and we want to build on that," said Kohli at a pre-match press conference before the injury problems were announced.
All-rounder Hanuma Vihari is expected to replace Sharma, with the final spot a toss-up between pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja.
Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav