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Aus without Smith, Warner no match to India, expect historic win: Kambli

Our chances are bright. We are going to win the series (in Australia). These two batsmen (Smith and Warner) are not there, so take full advantage, says Vinod kambli

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Vinod Kambli
Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli. Photo: @vinodkambli349

The unavailability of Australian batting stalwarts and has made the front-runners to win the upcoming four-Test series Down Under feels former stylish left-hander Kambli.

Impressed with Virat Kohli's imperious form with the bat, Kambli also showered praise on the skipper, who turned 30 on Monday and is breaking record after record, saying he is hungry for runs and gives 110 per cent on the field.

"Our chances are bright. We are going to win the series (in Australia). These two batsmen (Smith and Warner) are not there, so take full advantage," Kambli told Tuesday on the sidelines of the second camp of the Tendulkar- Middlesex Global Academy, which began at the in suburban Bandra.

Smith and Warner are facing a year-long ban after their involvement in the ball tampering scandal in

are heading to for a long series, which comprises three T20s, four Test matches, which will be followed by three One Day Internationals. The first Test begins in on December 6.

Kambli said, "He (Kohli) is hungry for runs. And the hunger to do well, that is what is very good to see in him. The work ethics plus the way he is on the field, he is giving his 110 per cent. So the main thing which I like about his playing and batting is the hunger for runs, he is very hungry."

Kambli, 46, along with childhood friend and batting legend and former was mentoring children who came for the camp and also gave tips to Australia-bound young Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw.

Shaw made a dream Test debut by notching up a century at against West and reminded Kambli, who played in 104 ODIs, of his own younger days in

"He is a player, goes after the ball and likes to get runs. In fact he likes to play his shots," said Kambli.

So what advice does Kambli have for Shaw?

"Play your natural game," he said.

"I have always spoken to him (Shaw) and I just said to him, 'play your natural game'. I said 'don't think too much, just go out there, enjoy your game and just be confident'. That is very important, when (he goes) for tours like or plays anywhere else. I hope that he does the same," he explained.

Meanwhile, Kambli said they spotted some good talent at the in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, where the first camp concluded on Sunday.

"We had the first camp in D Y Patil (Stadium) and it went very well. We have wonderful coaches. The first lot in D Y Patil was good to work with. This was Sachin's dream to give back something to the game. I have been associated with kids, this is another experience to meet good talent," he signed off.

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 16:15 IST