In what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are champions only at home and England can beat them "every day of the week".
Gough said England were the best team in the world at the moment after their innings drubbing of Australia in the fourth
Ashes Test, and India's performance in South Africa have nothing much to write about.
"For me, we're the best team in the world at this moment. I've watched the South Africa-India series and I see nothing
to worry about. India are fantastic in their own country and have some great individuals but I'd fancy this England side to beat them every day of the week," Gough said.
Gough said the strength and depth in the England attack is such that the Three Lions will dominate world cricket for
the foreseeable future.
"This team are the Golden Generation. They are the side that are going to dominate world cricket for the next few
years. I don't know whether that is because we're better than everybody else in sight or because we have a top-class spinner and five bowlers who could start a Test, no problem.
"We now have so many options, especially in attack, and the reason this team is so dominant is because we have 16
players who could have started the first Test match," Gough was quoted as saying by 'Sun' tabloid.
He said Andrew Strauss' heroes deserve the same accolades as those in the 2005 Ashes side, who were awarded MBEs and
enjoyed an open-top bus parade through London.
"Will this team get the same reception? Probably not. Do they deserve to? I would say yes."