Former India opener Virender Sehwag is confident the current Test team under Virat Kohli has the quality in its pace attack to win outside the sub-continent like Sourav Ganguly’s team did during 2000-2004.
The Test team under Kohli has been invincible at home, having thrashed South Africa and New Zealand by identical 3-0 margins. It is also on a roll against England, leading 2-0 in the five-match series.
“I believe this team under Virat has the quality and capability of winning Test matches outside the sub-continent.
They can definitely emulate the performances of the team that played under Sourav Ganguly and won Test matches in England and Australia,” Sehwag told PTI.
For the explosive former opener, what set Kohli’s team apart was the quality in pace attack that has even forced the most experienced pacer is the side, Ishant Sharma, to wait.
“The potential of the batting unit with Virat as the leader, we have all seen. You need a good bowling attack to take wickets. We have a brilliant bowler like Mohammed Shami. We have Umesh Yadav and someone like Ishant, who can also win India matches.
“There is no reason why they can’t replicate their performances at home in overseas conditions,” said Sehwag.
Sehwag also spoke about young Delhi batting sensation Rishabh Pant, has already scored 900-plus runs this Ranji season and considers the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ his idol.
“Rishabh’s future is very bright. He will certainly play for India. In my career, I have not seen cases where people have performed consistently and not get a chance at the highest level,” said Sehwag, who has scored 8586 Test and 8273 ODI runs with 38 international hundreds.
“There is a process in place for everything. Rishabh has to maintain this consistency, and before one plays for India, there is India A. He will certainly get his chance to play for India A. He has to utilise that and I believe no one can then stop him from playing for India.”