Virat Kohli’s team is the best ever Indian Test side in terms of skill and ability: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, speaking in the latest episode of India Today eConclave Inspiration series, said that the current Indian Test team led by Virat Kohli is the best in the country’s history.
Virat Kohli has led India to their only triumph Down Under in Tests. (PTI Photo)
- India has got such a varied bowling attack today and that is so essential: Gavaskar
- Virat Kohli has been one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history
- India has a battery of pacers with options, and they are winning matches for you: Gavaskar
Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said that current India skipper Virat Kohli has got the best team in the history of Indian cricket with a proper balance of solid batsmen and great pacers.
Virat Kohli has been one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history. He has already won the most number of Test matches as captain for India while taking his country to the top of the rankings in the longest format of the game.
Virat also became the first India skipper to win a Test series in Australia. He started his captaincy stint in 2014 when he took over the reins from MS Dhoni in Test cricket and then was also handed the duties of limited-overs cricket in 2017.
“Definitely, without a question. India has got such a varied bowling attack today and that is so essential. There is a saying that “if you don’t take twenty wickets you won’t win a match” no you need to score runs also. We saw that in England in 2018. We saw that in South Africa in 2017 when we went there. We got 20 wickets every time but we didn’t score enough runs. But now I think we have also got the batting to be able to score more runs than Australians,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today’s Boria Majumdar on the latest episode of Inspiration.
“This team has the attack to win on any surface. It doesn’t need any help in conditions. Irrespective of the conditions, they can win on any surface. Batting-wise there were teams in the 1980s, that were pretty similar. But they didn’t have the bowlers that Virat Kohli has.
“We have got the bowling to take 20 Australian wickets on 1 run less than what India has scored. I believe this team is the best ever Indian test team in terms of balance, in terms of ability, in terms of skills, in terms of temperament. Can’t think of a better Indian Test team,” Gavaskar added.
While India has had plenty of skilled batsmen and great spinners, it has been the development of a clutch of world-class fast bowlers that have cemented Kohli’s charges as the greatest of all time.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the leaders of that pace attack which includes a revolving cast of talented seamers including Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and wily veteran Ishant Sharma.