Indian cricket team took an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the ongoing 5-match ODI series against Australia with a five-wicket win in the third ODI at the Holkar Stadium, Indore.
After a comprehensive win in Indore, India regained the numero uno spot in ICC ODI ranking. Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the current Indian squad has all the elements to go down as one of the greatest Indian ODI teams ever by the time they finish.
During a chat with NDTV, Gavaskar said, “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. 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.”
While the men in blue will be targeting to whitewash Australia for the first time in the ODI, Gavaskar reckons that Steve Smith and his men lack the experience. He also feels that the current Australian squad missed the never give up attitude.
Explaining it further, the batting legend said, “This Australian team is probably not the same kind of batting line-up as Hayden, Gilchrist or Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey was there but I think, what they are missing at the moment is one more batsman who can make a difference and they are missing one more bowler. But as far as India is concerned, they are not choosing the team that takes the field against them.”
Australia suffered 3 consecutive defeats to the men in blue which were also their 10th consecutive ODI defeat away from home. On the other hand, India continues to do wonders as they registered their ninth consecutive ODI win.
Speaking about Virat Kohli’s captaincy approach, Gavaskar said, “They are just playing against them. 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 and 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.”