Former Australia captain, Ian Chappell marvels at the talent in the Indian team after its recent success. India defeated Australia in Australia, then England at home in the Test and T20I series; while the team missed senior players at different stages, its youngsters and debutants grabbed the opportunities with match-winning efforts.
Ian Chappell opines that the subcontinent giants are brimmed with immense self-confidence and carry the never-give-up attitude. He says that India has become a strong travelling side and the overseas conditions don’t intimidate them anymore.
“India’s recent successes in Australia – particularly the latest one – have only reinforced the players’ belief in their ability to win under any circumstances. In an era where teams struggle overseas, India now have the depth of talent to alter that pattern. No longer can opponents afford to say, when India are on their doorstep, ‘Just pick a string of fast bowlers with long run-ups and the series will be ours’,” Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
Abundance of talent like this is reminiscent of West Indies and Australia during dominant periods: Ian Chappell
The 77-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator feels that the current team under Virat Kohli could become world-beaters like the West Indies and Australia in the bygone eras. While India has not lost a home Test series since 2013, they have been brilliant in the away tours as well, winning in West Indies, Sri Lanka and conquering Australia twice! India tour England later in the year for a 5-Test series.
“An abundance of talent like this is reminiscent of West Indies and Australia during dominant periods when they overflowed with good players, many of whom struggled to make the first XI.
“Can India replicate the dominant periods of West Indies and Australia? It’s a much more difficult proposition these days, with an extra form of the game, a frightful schedule, and the riches of the IPL, not to mention a pandemic to circumnavigate.
“However, India have finally got the equation right and as long as they avoid the pitfalls often associated with continuing success, they are better equipped than any team to produce an era of dominance. The rest of the cricketing world beware,” Ian Chappell further added.