Current Indian team can’t be compared to Australian teams of 90’s and 2000s: Ashish Nehra
Indian veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who took 235-wickets in his international career (ODI, T20I, and Test – Nehra, who played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 27 T20 Internationals) feels that Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli still has a long way to go before it is spoken of in the same breath as Australia of the 2000s, Under Kohli’s leadership, India earned its maiden series victory in Australia in 2018-19 after seven decades.
Ashish Nehra Said: This Indian team has to still cover a lot of distance in order to match up with that Australia team (led by Steve Waugh and then Ricky Ponting), You are talking about an Australian team which won three consecutive World Cups and before that reached the final in 1996, won 18-19 Test matches in home and away conditions.
It’s not like this Indian team can not reach there but I believe the core group is very important. A person gets confused after watching many dishes on the table and so it’s important to have fewer but better dishes. KL Rahul is playing on the fifth position and Pant, the person you were preparing to succeed M.S. Dhoni, is serving drinks. I know he (Pant) has missed his chances and there is no doubt about it but then you have kept him in the team because you saw the potential in him at 22-23 years.
There are a lot of talented players but they should be backed for a longer duration. Today also when we talk about the number five and six slots in the Indian ODI side, then we are not sure about it. Virat Kohli as a player needs no recognition as his career graph tells the entire story. Kohli as a player has done amazingly well. In captaincy, I still feel he is a work in progress. I can say he is a little bit of an impulsive captain.