Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik believes this Indian team is one of the most versatile team and the best team the country has ever produced. Team India will be playing against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final in Southampton later this month.
Team India has topped the ICC Test rankings for the fifth year running. They secured their berth in the WTC final after topping the points table.
Many experts and cricket pundits have already called this Virat Kohli-led team the best ever the nation has ever produced. Karthik is the latest to put weight behind this team’s achievements.
“This is probably the best Indian team that has even been out in the park. I haven’t seen Ajit Wadekar’s 1971 team but I do think this is one of the most versatile, it’s got the most number of options in terms of bowling and batting,” Karthik told Sports Today.
He went on to praise Team India’s balance as well, which consist terrific pace bowling arsenal, world-class spinners, a high-class batting line-up and an outstanding all-rounder. He believes all those combined together form a formidable line-up.
“I think this is probably the strongest Test team from the time they started playing. There are some terrific fast bowlers, world-class spinners, a high-class batting line-up and an all-rounder who gives the flexibility to play an extra batter or a bowler. This is probably the best Indian team that has played. Rightfully so, they are playing the World Test Championship final,” he added.
Team India is on the tour of England, which they will kick off by featuring in the WTC Final against New Zealand, scheduled to begin on June 18. Later on, India will lock horns against England in a five-match Test series, which will commence in August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.