Virat Kohli’s India no different to what the West Indies were in the 80s: Dean Jones

first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Dean Jones has heaped rich praise on Virat Kohli’s Team India, equating them to the great West Indies teams from the eighties.Jones has said the current Indian team have the “fear factor” that the great West Indies teams had in the past. However, the Australian insists on the importance of the top-ranked Test team working even harder to main their newly-earned reputation of world beaters.Jones’s comments come after India completed a historic Test and ODI series win on their recently-concluded tour to Australia. Virat Kohli became the first India captain to win a Test series and bilateral ODI series on Australian soil.Cheteshwar Pujara led an all-round effort from India as the Asian giants beat Australia 2-1 in a four-match Test series. The Saurashtra batsman outshone his skipper, amassing 521 runs and grinding down a top-quality Australian attack.India’s dominant pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami wreaked havoc against the Australia batsmen, picking 48 wickets between them in the Test series. The trio also broke a 34-year-old record set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall for the most wickets by a pace bowling trio in a calendar year.”India now are no different to what the West Indies were in the eighties and early nineties. They have got to maintain the reputation that they can win in anyone’s backyard now and must not take the foot off the pedal. The Windies were brilliant at it and had that “scare factor”, which is what India have now,” Dean Jones was quoted as saying by The Times of India.advertisementThe former Australia cricketer added: “This was the greatest tour that India has ever had to Australia. The only blemish was probably the way they played in the Test match in Perth, but overall the great thing was that a lot of the boys played good overseas. Everyone did something on the tour to contribute.”India made sure they carried the momentum of the Test series win into their first ODI assignment of the World Cup year in Australia. Despite losing the first of the three-match series in Sydney, India stormed back to take the last two ODIs and complete their maiden bilateral ODI series win in Australia.Worst thing would be dropping their guard against New Zealand: JonesVeteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was at the forefront of the win as he smashed three successive half-centuries and led India to glory. The match-winning 87 in the series decider helped the senior campaigner silence his critics and prove he’s well and truly back to peak form.While Dean Jones is happy India have an in-form Dhoni in the lead-up to the World Cup, the Australian wonders if there will be place for Rishabh Pant in the squad that will be playing the showpiece event.”The main ‘problem’ is Dhoni. He’s back in this team and the question is will India, if push comes to shove, play Rishabh Pant as just a batsman?” Jones added.”India couldn’t be having a better journey for their World Cup campaign than what they are having now and they have got to make sure they finish off New Zealand as well. What would be the worst thing to ruin this would be to go out to against the Black Caps and drop their guard.”Kohli and his men have already reached New Zealand for a five-match ODI series, starting January 23 in Napier. Impressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will not be part of the upcoming series but he will be back for a three-match T20I series against the Black Caps next month.Also Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Michael Bevan finished matches with fours, MS Dhoni does so with sixes: Ian ChappellAlso Read | After creating history in Australia, India reach New Zealand for ODIs and T20IsAlso See:last_img read more

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