Sachin explains why Kohli’s boys have better chance to win abroad that teams in past
The current Indian team has a “great balance”, said legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai at a panel discussion after the launch of journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s book ‘Democracy’s XI – The Great Indian Cricket Story’ here on Monday evening.
“All the spinners and seamers can bat. Hardik Pandya will change the balance when we start travelling,” said the 200-Test veteran batsman, with the opening maestro Sunil Gavaskar seated to his left nodding in approval.
Tendulkar said that during his hey days in the mid-1990s, India started coming close to winning overseas “but were not winning”. “I felt that occasionally we were missing that guy who could come and give some rest to our main bowlers, Anil (Kumble) had to bowl one end throughout, bowling 25-30 overs a day and that was too much for a bowler,” the 44-year-old said.
The current Indian team has risen the ranks of Test and ODIs under Virat Kohli, who has won the admiration of Tendulkar. “Kohli has not changed. I noticed the spark in him, the aggression in him that not many people were fond of. Today, that has become the strength of the Indian team. Kohli has not changed much, the people around him have changed, …read more