Tendulkar highlights the confidence that India can derive from having two exceptional spinners and emphasizes the importance of the pitch in their favor.

The Oval pitch will help Indian spinners, believes Tendulkar

“The Indian team will be happy that they are playing at the Oval. The nature of the Oval pitch is such that it assists the spinners as the match goes on. So, spinners will come into play a little bit.

“It need not be always a turning track as sometimes the spinners rely a lot on the bounce, sometimes that little bit of zip that they get off the pitch, also on the overhead conditions and it depends a lot on the shiny side of the ball.

“If they are able to get that drift, they can make the ball talk in the air without the pitch coming into play. So, Oval is going to be good venue for India,” said Tendulkar in his website 100mbsports.

As India approaches the Oval, they will bring with them a strong sense of positivity, fueled by their previous dominant victory at the venue. Sachin Tendulkar expressed that the memories of their resounding 157-run win against England in 2021 will shine brightly and serve as a motivating force for the Indian team.

“100 per cent. Whenever you have such memories, they will stay with you. The Indian team would not have forgotten that the last time they played there (the Oval), they had a superb outing. They won the game and as I said good memories stay long with you,” said Tendulkar.

Likewise, England had convincingly defeated Australia by a margin of 135 runs in the 2019 Ashes Test held at the same venue. Sachin Tendulkar mentioned that the Australian team might still be feeling the sting of that loss. However, he acknowledged that the Australians possess a strong competitive spirit and can be a formidable side.

“Bruises take some time to heal. But Australia is a beautiful team as they have a balanced squad. There are guys who have been around for a long time now and some young faces as well.

“It is a nice blend of youth and experience. Australia have always been competitive and whether they have a full squad or not, once they cross that rope they are going to be very competitive,” said Tendulkar.

The recent County cricket sessions will be helpful for Pujara and Labuschagne

According to Tendulkar, the substantial County experience that Cheteshwar Pujara and Marnus Labuschagne gained recently will prove valuable for their respective teams in the crucial match.

“Of course, playing in County cricket can be of great value. Both Pujara and Labuschagne had considerable outing in the County cricket recently. Smith not as much as the other two, but whatever match practice one can get is very handy because the conditions are different.

“Our guys have played T20 and now they have gone to England, so are some players from Australia as they were playing T20 here but I believe playing practice matches… no better practice than that,” he said.