Virat Kohli-led India have everything to dominate world cricket, says former head coach Anil Kumble
Former Indian captain and head coach Anil Kumble has backed the Virat Kohli-led India to dominate teams away from home. Kumble believes India can win Test series outside India as they have all the boxes ticked in their squad with a formidable batting line-up which is backed by a lethal bowling attack. India have won their last two away Test series against Australia and West Indies and have been unbeaten so far in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.
India steamrolled South Africa 3-0 in the recently-concluded three-match Test series continuing their winning streak in the World Test Championship as they sit on top of the points table with 240 points from five games. India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test in Vizag before registering back-to-back victories by an innings in the second and third Test.
"Yes, I believe so and even three years ago when I was the coach, I did mention that this team certainly has everything in them to dominate world cricket and that is exactly what they have done and it is not just about the playing eleven, it is also the bench strength," Kumble was quoted as saying in an interview.
There were a lot of positives for India from the emphatic win against South Africa with Rohit Sharma emerging as the biggest one. Rohit, who was promoted as an opener for the first time in his Test career, repaid the faith of the team management and selectors with aplomb as he finished the series as the highest run-getter with a staggering 529 runs from four innings including two centuries and a double century.
Apart from Rohit, Indian pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav impressed throughout the series. Shami and Umesh returned with 13 and 11 wickets respectively wreaking havoc on the South African batting line-up. Ravichandran Ashwin also had a terrific return in whites after missing the Test series against West Indies. The ace spinner picked up 15 wickets in three matches to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the series. Shahbaz Nadeem also shone on his debit picking up 4 wickets in the Ranchi Test.
Kumble pointed out India have a quality bench strength which augurs well with their ambition of winning games both in and outside India. "It is also the quality of bench strength that we are discussing here. You have fantastic quality. Whoever comes in certainly performs. Look at (Shahbaz) Nadeem on his debut. He has had a long first-class career, he has played India 'A' on many occasions. He was given the opportunity right at the last minute and he came and performed for the team and that is exactly what you want from your bench strength and when you have the kind of quality players in the squad and people really sitting out and then wanting to make an impact," Kumble said.
"It really augurs well and that's why I believe that this Indian team is not just good enough to win matches at home but also abroad dominating every series outside of India," the former Indian captain added