Former captain, Sunil Gavaskar lauds the talent in Team India at the moment and says that the side has a perfect balance rendering them to win more matches than they lose. After T20I and Test series victories in Australia, on Sunday India completed the season by thrashing England in all three formats at home.
After a thrilling contest in the 3rd ODI, which India won in the last over, Sunil Gavaskar pointed out the strengths of the side. He says that in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India has got two world-class openers; followed by the middle-order of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul; then Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya as the finishers, both capable of tearing apart any bowling attack.
Sunil Gavaskar was also impressed with the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur, who was the leading wicket-taker in the T20I and ODI series; add to it the variety of spinners Kohli has at his disposal across formats.
“I’ve always said that a captain is always as good as the team and he’s got a terrific team under him. He has got a couple of terrific opening batsman; the middle order is very good. He’s got a bowling attack which has plenty of variety. He has got an outstanding fielding unit. He’s got a wicketkeeper who is very good and who can come in down the order to bat and pummel the bowling along,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“So, the full balance of the team has been fantastic. And when you have something like that, you will win more matches than lose. And that is exactly what’s happening,” he added.
India has some fabulous match-winners: Sunil Gavaskar
The 71-year-old opines that the Indian team is filled with match-winners and that a team doesn’t need everybody to fire on together; they just need a few to come good – as in the third ODI on Sunday, where 3 batsmen scored the fifties, and a couple of pacers took most of the wickets.
“Not everybody will be able to play to their potential. In a game of cricket, not XI players will be successful but if four players are successful say two from the bowling and as many from the batting then you are going to win more matches than losing. India has some fabulous match-winners with the bat and with the ball and that is reflecting in the results,” the former opener concluded.