Watson backs India to replicate success of all-conquering Australia
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Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson hailed the current Indian crop and heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian skipper “has done a great job” as a leader.
“He [Virat Kohli] has done a great job with the Indian team. He has been playing so well in all formats. Whatever he is doing right now is certainly working and the team is responding to his leadership,” Watson said at an event in Chennai recently.
India recently sealed a three-Test home series over South Africa, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead by beating them in the second Test in Pune. With the win, India registered their 11th successive home Test series win, beating the previously-held world record by Australia, who won ten in a row.
Asked if Kohli’s men could establish their hegemony over world cricket in a manner similar to that of the Australian sides under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, Watson replied: “it is going to be hard to replicate, but there is no reason why India can’t do it.”
Watson added that the current Indian crop has got all the bases covered, and that they have the depth to win games away from home.
“There is no doubt that India has got the depth in all facets… batting, bowling and fielding. The depth in Indian cricket is incredibly strong. It has got the luxury of having someone like a Rohit Sharma opening the batting and scoring lots of runs. The depth in Indian cricket is incredible. I am sure this team can win away from home as well,” said Watson.