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Virat Kohli’s India best ever, can win 3-0 or 3-1 vs Australia: Virender Sehwag

Virat Kohli-led side has the perfect balance to be called the best Indian cricket team, according to Virender Sehwag.

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2017 20:43 IST
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Virat Kohli-led India are unbeaten in 19 successive Tests and next face Australia in a four-Test series. (AFP)

Virender Sehwag, former India opener, described the current national cricket team as the strongest he had seen and predicted a 3-0 or 3-1 win in the upcoming Test series against Australia.

“The balance that this team has, the quality of their fast bowlers and spinners accompanied by the batting firepower makes this the best Indian team. This team has the capability of winning a Test series abroad,” Sehwag said at the ‘SporTale’, a sports-themed literary festival.

Sehwag predicted that the Indian team has enough in the tank to win the upcoming Test series against Australia by a 3-0 or a 3-1 margin but also sounded a note of caution.

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Law of averages

Sehwag warned the Indian team about the law of averages catching up.

“This team has been playing fantastic cricket. They have won eight of their last nine Tests and that is a great achievement. But the law of averages catches up with every team and in my reading, there will be a Test in this series where the bowling might not fire or the batsmen will slip up,” he said.

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Kohli the best

The 38-year-old Sehwag heaped praise on Indian captain Virat Kohli, terming him the best player in all three forms in world cricket at present.

“Virat has matured hugely. He is a world-class player and I think that he might break all records in a format by the time he calls time on his career,” he said.

Sehwag also said that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a realistic chance of becoming the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket provided he takes care of his body and fitness.

First Published: Feb 22, 2017 20:13 IST