Windies legend Viv Richards feels Indian National Cricket team will have to cover a lot of ground to win an overseas series; however, believed that Virat Kohli & Co would have the last laugh in the ongoing Test series against Australia.
Meanwhile, India went 1-0 up in the series beating the hosts by 31 runs at Adelaide. However, the Aussies turned the tables to level the series at Perth beating the visitors by 146 runs. However, India is yet to win a Test series in Australia, and Viv Richards feels India deserves overseas victories.
“Indian infrastructure have improved. IPL has helped in a big way. It has brought money and the Indian team has got substance. But I think India needs to win overseas and still there is a lot of ground to cover,” Richards said.
Heaping praise on Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s aggressive captaincy, Richards said that sledging sometimes helps the team and players bring the best out of them.
“Earlier, India used to play with four spinners. They now have four fast bowlers. It is good that things have changed. India realised it needs that attitude. But India still get to do well in overseas,” he added.
I am a big fan of Virat Kohli
Viv Richards has always showered Kohli with high praise and it was no different in this case. He also sounded confident that the talismanic run-scorer will back it back to Australia.
“Kohli is aggressive. I am a big fan of him. I like good batsman and good aggression. And I like the fact that someone can play Australia like that. I think Virat Kohli is going to give it back to Australia this time. Virat is special and I like that game.
“Virat is good. You are good if you can only reply. If you are not good you can’t reply. Virat is good in that sense,” Richards concluded.