When Ravi Shastri called the existent Indian Test squad the 'best travelling broadside successful the past 15 years' successful the mediate of a circuit of England successful 2018, eyebrows were raised. Former cricketers, including Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar, had expressed their reservations.
Cut to 2021, not galore are going to disagree with Ravi Shastri now. Over the past 2 years, India person not lone continued their dominance astatine location but person clinched immoderate celebrated victories. The Test bid triumph against Australia successful 2018-19 helped India statesman a caller section successful their overseas travel and it reached a caller precocious erstwhile India, nether Ajinkya Rahane, beat Australia 2-1 aft breaching their Gabba fortress earlier this year.
After having been accordant implicit the past 2 years, India person qualified for the last of the inaugural World Test Championship. Virat Kohli's broadside volition instrumentality connected New Zealand successful the WTC last successful Southampton from June 18.
Ahead of the much-anticipated rubric match, India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has heaped affluent praise connected the versatility of the existent side, saying it's 1 of the best, if not the champion Indian Test squad to person played the sport.
"This is astir apt the champion amerind squad that has adjacent been retired successful the park. I haven't seen Ajit Wadekar's 1971 squad but I bash deliberation this is 1 of the astir versatile, it's got the astir fig of options successful presumption of bowling and batting," Karthik told Sports Today.
"I deliberation this is astir apt the strongest Test squad from the clip they started playing. There are immoderate terrific accelerated bowlers, world-class spinners, a high-class batting line-up and an all-rounder who gives flexibility to play an other batter oregon a bowler. This is astir apt the champion Indian squad that has played. Rightfully so, they are playing the World Test Championship final," helium added.
Most-rounded Indian bowling line-up: McCullum
Meanwhile, erstwhile New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, speaking to Sports Today, said India's all-conditions bowling onslaught marque them 1 of the astir feared Test sides going around.
McCullum said the existent Indian bowling onslaught is their most-rounded successful Test cricket, highlighting the firepower successful the gait arsenic good arsenic the people successful the rotation department.
"I tin lone truly speech astir the clip I was astir the planetary game. India person had the likes of Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath but I deliberation successful the past 20 years would person to beryllium adjacent to their champion seam-bowling line-up.
"And past spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin arsenic well. I deliberation it's astir apt the most-rounded bowling line-up and is astir apt the champion bowling line-up to astir apt question to each conditions," helium said.