Under Virat, India can win matches overseas, says Virender Sehwag

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Under Virat, India can win matches overseas, says Virender Sehwag

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SportsCafe Desk

12/02/2016

Virender Sehwag is confident that the Indian Test team under Virat Kohli has all the quality and capability to win outside the sub-continent just like Sourav Ganguly's team did it in the 2000s. The flamboyant batsman also predicted that India will win the England series by a margin of 3-0.

The Test team under Kohli has been invincible at home, having beaten South Africa and New Zealand soundly by a margin of 3-0 and are already leading the five-match Test series against England by 2-0. With the team firing on all cylinders, Virender Sehwag is positive that Virat Kohli & Co are capable of winning matches overseas.

"I believe this team under Virat has the quality and capability of winning Test matches outside the sub-continent. They can definitely emulate the performances of the team that played under Sourav Ganguly and won Test matches in England and Australia," the 38-year old said.

Along with the strong batting lineup, Sehwag also felt that the trio of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma can win matches for India.

"The potential of the batting unit with Virat as the leader, we have all seen. You need a good bowling attack to take wickets. We have a brilliant bowler like Mohammed Shami. We have Umesh Yadav and someone like Ishant Sharma, who can also win India matches.

"There is no reason why they can't replicate their performances at home in overseas conditions," opined Sehwag, who was in UAE to promote tennis ball cricket tournament 10PL.

When asked to predict the final result of the ongoing Test series between India and England, the former opener said, "My prediction is 3-0 or 2-1. I think we will win 3-0 as I expect England to show some resistance and that's why won't predict 4-0."

Sehwag also sees a bright future for Delhi's Ranji batsman Rishabh Pant, who has already notched up 900-plus runs this season.

"Rishabh's future is very bright. He will certainly play for India. In my career, I have not seen cases where people have performed consistently and yet did not get a chance at the highest level," Sehwag said.

However, the dashing batsman felt that being consistent is the key for young Pant to reach the highest level.

"There is a process in place for everything. Rishabh has to maintain this consistency and before one plays for India, there is India A. He will certainly get his chance to play for India A. He has to utilise that and I believe no one can then stop him from playing for India," he said.

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