25 Oct

India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan Border

first_imgIndia the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan BorderIndia Sunday retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 09:05 IST Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been highly impressive in whites in 2018 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBorder said this is the best Indian bowling attack he has ever seenBorder was particularly impressed with India’s fast bowling unitBumran, Ishant and Shami have collectively taken a record 134 wickets in away Tests in 2018Lions at home, lambs abroad? Well that is not the case anymore with the Indian cricket team as they now have a group of quality fast bowlers which makes Virat Kohli and his men “the real deal now” in world cricket, feels Australian legend Allan Border.India Sunday retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.”They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team. They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win,” Border told foxsports.com.au.”They’ve had their struggles away from home, but they’re starting to improve because they’ve had some good fast bowling.”Now they can combat Australia, South Africa and New Zealand countries that produce those fast, bouncy, seaming wickets. They used to struggle on those, but they don’t struggle on those now.”Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the best bowler in world cricket now with 48 wickets in his debut Test season. He is part of a lethal pace trio involving the veteran Ishant Sharma and the wily Mohammed Shami.The trio have collectively taken 134 away wickets (Bumrah 48, Ishant 40 and Shami 46) in a single calender year, eclipsing the 34-year-old record that stood in the name of the fearsome West Indies trio of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner (130 wickets in away tours in 1984).Border heaped praise on India’s pace unit, saying: “It’s as a good an Indian bowling attack as I’ve ever seen.advertisement”They’ve had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.”Now they’ve settled on a fantastic fast bowling group, plus they’ve got a couple in the wings that are pretty handy, plus they’ve got a couple of good spinners and their batting is very, very good,” Border said.Also Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Allan BorderFollow Boxing Day Testlast_img read more