Team India is the real deal now, asserts Allan Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border appreciated India's success and claimed that they are the real deal now.
Published - Dec 30, 2018 8:24 pm | Updated - Dec 30, 2018 8:24 pm
When Australia ended the Day 4 with two wickets in hand, win for India just seemed to be a formality. The visitors needed just 27 balls to pick the last two wickets on the final day and take a 2-1 lead in the series. This win ensures that India will retain the prestigious Border-Gavaskar trophy. Former Australian captain Allan Border appreciated India’s success and claimed that they are the real deal now.
He further added that the team deserves to be the world no.1 in the ICC rankings. The former left-handed batsman admitted that Indian team used to struggle away from home. He added that the visiting team has tackled the problem by a good fast bowling arsenal in their ranks.
“They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team,” Border told Foxsports.com.au. “They’ve had their struggles away from home, but they’re starting to improve because they’ve had some good fast bowling.”
Allan Border right about Indian pacers
Indian pacers have been brilliant throughout the series. The pace attack led by Jasprit Bumrah has picked 45 wickets out of Australia’s 60. Jasprit Bumrah is the leading wicket-taker of the series with 20 wickets to his name. He has got some great support from Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. Shami has taken 14 wickets while Sharma picked 11 wickets in the series.
Allan Border believes that the quality pace attack makes Indian team dangerous overseas. “Now they can combat Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – countries that produce those fast, bouncy, seaming wickets. They used to struggle on those, but they don’t struggle on those now.” Border added
Most balanced India attack
The former Australian captain claimed that India had some world-class bowlers in the past. He argued that earlier India depended on individual bowlers but now they have a great all-round attack.
“They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win. It’s as a good an Indian bowling attack as I’ve ever seen. They’ve had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.” Border continued