India will play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs during the almost two-month long tour which begins with the first T20I on November 21 at The Gabba in Brisbane. @ Getty Images
India will play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs during the almost two-month long tour which begins with the first T20I on November 21 at The Gabba in Brisbane. @ Getty Images

Former India batsman Vinod Kambli reckons the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner will be highly beneficial for India during their tour of Australia later this month.

India will play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs during the almost two-month long tour which begins with the first T20I on November 21 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

“Our chances are bright. We are going to win the series [in Australia]. These two batsmen [Smith and Warner] are not there, so India should take full advantage,” Kambli told PTI on Tuesday on the sidelines of the second camp of the Tendulkar-Middlesex Global Academy.

Smith and Warner are serving 12-month suspensions for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test in March this year.

Crucial to the Australia tour will be captain Virat Kohli, who turned 30 on Monday.

“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 gives his 110 per cent. So, the main thing what I like about his playing and batting, is the hunger for runs,” he said.

Present at the camp in Bandra was teenage prodigy Prithvi Shaw, who scored a century on Test debut in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. Shaw has been included in India’s Test squad for the Australia series, but will represent India A first for the first four-day game on the tour of New Zealand.

“He is a stroke player, goes after the ball and likes to get runs. In fact, he likes to play his shots. He should play his natural game,” he said.

“I have always spoken to him [Shaw] and I just told him to not to think too much. He should just go out there, enjoy his game and just be confident,” Kambli, who played 104 ODIs and 17 Tests, said.