Former cricket greats on Tuesday hailed the Indian team on winning a Test series on New Zealand soil after 41 years, calling Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led legions one of the best sides the country ever had.
Chandu Borde, who was part of Indian team under Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi which beat the Kiwi 3-1 in 1968, said the current side would rank as one of the best teams in Indian history.“I am doubly happy now that India has won a Test series in New Zealand after 41 years. This takes me to 1967-68 when I was a member of the Indian team which won first Test series there,” said Borde, the former captain and coach.“The way this team kept on performing was amazing. I have watched so many Indian teams over the years and I think this is one of the the best we ever had,” he added.
Borde feels that the all-round strength of the current team has made it one of the formidable sides in the world.“This team has great batting line-up, good bowling attack and doing good in fielding. They won in England, did well in Australia and Sri Lanka, what do you want more?” he asked.
Legendary spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who played a big role in the 1968 victory, while hailing the current team felt the contribution of the tail-enders was a big factor in India’s 1-0 series victory in New Zealand.