Ian Chappell, the former Australian captain is highly impressed by India’s fantastic performance over South Africa in the recently concluded Test series. The Aussie legend in a news column stated that the Indian pacers deserve respect in all conditions and that along with their top-quality spinners, India’s bowling attack is now much more dangerous than ever.
Even though Ravichandran Ashwin was named as the highest wicket-taker in the series, it was India’s pace battery that caught Ian Chappell’s attention. For him, what mattered the most was that India didn’t need their strike bowler, Jasprit Bumrah’s help, to wrap up the series pretty easily.
“India has added a new dimension to their game with the fast bowlers, even minus Jasprit Bumrah; playing a huge part in a home victory. After years of planning and the advent of numerous academies India has finally put together a group of fast bowlers who allow them to compete anywhere in the cricket world,” Chappell wrote in his column.
“Bumrah, when fit, the indefatigable Mohammed Shami, the vastly improved Ishant Sharma, and the pacy Umesh Yadav give India a quartet of fast bowlers that demand respect in all conditions. These pace spearheads, added to India’s always capable spinners give the attack a potency that not too many other countries can match,” he wrote.
But the former Australian batter was disappointed with South Africa’s dismal performance in the series and named India, Australia and England as the three best sides in Test cricket currently.
“If South Africa’s slide is a long-term affliction and judging by their batting in India, this could well be the case; then that leaves three teams, India, Australia and England in the strong category, with New Zealand just below that standard. The rest of the Test teams have a lot of ground to make up in order to be regarded as strong performers in all conditions.”