Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has branded the current side as ‘really, really special’ claiming that it will go down as the greatest Indian one-day team in history. Gavaskar also opined that the lack match winners in pressure situations was costing the Australians in the ongoing series.
Gavaskar seemed extremely content with the holistic display of current Indian side led by Virat Kohli and has claimed that they would go down as one of the greatest Indian ODI team ever by the time they finish.
“Well, comparisons are not quite correct but this is a very, very good team. I think by the time this team finishes, I think it is going to go down as the greatest Indian one-day team ever,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
India sealed the 5 match ODI series against Australia on Sunday as they won comfortably by five wickets to reclaim the No. 1 spot in ICC ODI ranking. With two more games to go, India will surely look to whitewash Australia for the first time in the 50-over format. Gavaskar also commended the strength and depth of the side.
“Because the balance is so good. The batting is right down to number 8 or 9. You have bowlers who can bowl, whatever, whenever they are asked and therefore, I think you take all aspects into consideration and you know that this is a really, really special team, captained by a very special player,” he added.
The 68-year-old legend also heaped praise on Virat Kohli for the side’s ruthless approach and ability to perform well terrifically under pressure in all the three ODIs.
“… And as Virat Kohli said, they are going to be ruthless and they are going to be relentless, they are going to be pursuing victory in every game…The fact that in all three games they were put under pressure, but to come through that pressure and go on to win easily is the hallmark of a great team, a champion team,” added the former selector.
Gavaskar also credited the Aussies for their fighting spirit but pointed out that the Steve Smith led side lacks certain match winners and some lethal bowling options.
“This Australian team is an experienced team. Probably not the same kind of batting line-up as Hayden, Gilchrist or Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey was there but they never give up. And I think, what they are missing at the moment is one more batsman and one bowler, who can make a difference.”
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