Virat Kohli-Led India Team Can Emulate Performance Of Sourav Ganguly’s Team: Virender Sehwag
Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag believes that the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli has the ‘quality and capability’ to win Tests outside the subcontinent.
While Virat Kohli’s men are turning heads with their consistent performances in Test matches, many people believe that their real test will begin when they travel outside the country but Sehwag is confident that they can perform well just like the Indian team of the early 2000s led by Sourav Ganguly.
Speaking to PTI, he said:“I believe this team under Virat has the quality and capability of winning Test matches outside the sub-continent. They can definitely emulate the performances of the team that played under Sourav Ganguly and won Test matches in England and Australia.”
With a good pace attack and a balanced batting lineup, Sehwag does not see any reason that why the team cannot win overseas.
“The potential of the batting unit with Virat as the leader, we have all seen. You need a good bowling attack to take wickets. We have a brilliant bowler like Mohammed Shami. We have Umesh Yadav and someone like Ishant Sharma, who can also win India matches.”
“There is no reason why they can’t replicate their performances at home in overseas conditions,” said Sehwag.
The swashbuckling opener also had a word of praise for Delhi’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The youngster has been performing really well in this year Ranji Trophy and is the second highest run-getter so far.
“Rishabh’s future is very bright. He will certainly play for India. In my career, I have not seen cases where people have performed consistently and yet did not get a chance at the highest level,” Sehwag said.
There were speculations all around that Pant will be included in the Indian team for the third Test to replace an injured Wriddhiman Saha. But the team management selected Parthiv Patel instead. Sehwag said that the youngster will have to maintain his consistency to remain in contention for a place in the Indian team.
“There is a process in place for everything. Rishabh has to maintain this consistency and before one plays for India, there is India A. He will certainly get his chance to play for India A. He has to utilise that and I believe no one can then stop him from playing for India,” Sehwag said.
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