Former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has high praises for the Virat Kohli-led Indian team that has established a habit of winning. India’s recent record in Test matches and performances have been impressive as they have been invincible at home, along with taking teams to their limits in overseas conditions. It has lead Sunil Gavaskar to label the current crop as the best of the lot in the history of Indian cricket.
The Indian team came back from a crushing loss against England in the first Test by winning the next two comfortably. They also displayed the same determination two months ago in Australia by winning four-match rubber. Virat Kohli’s men need only a draw in the fourth and final Test against England to progress to the ICC World Test Championship final at the Lord’s in June.
Sunil Gavaskar recognized the way the Indian team has been consistently winning at home and away. The 71-year old identified that Virat Kohli’s men are making a mark like Australia did in the 1990s and the West Indies did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hence, he believes that they are rapidly coming at par with those outfits.
“It certainly is, look at the way they are consistently, regularly, winning matches and therefore. You know with Steve Waugh’s team in the 90s. Then you look at West Indies team’s dominance under Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards and Brian Lara sort of for a few years. So when you have a team which is as good as West Indies and Australia in its history perhaps. In 1970s through 1980s also there were teams that won consistently. This team has won everywhere,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
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Sunil Gavaskar also reminded that the Indian team defeated a full-strength team down under that had Steve Smith, David Warner, and Marnus Labuchagne in their ranks. Hence, having beaten them they have raised their bar, proving that the present outfit is the best Indian side of all time.
“In Australia, this time around, Steve Smith, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne all were there. I think it’s raised the bar considerably. So clearly, yes. This Indian team, when you look at the history of Indian cricket, this Indian team would be the best of them all,” he added.