With the 73 run win at Port Elizabeth, Virat Kohli and his Indian team secured their 9th straight win in a bilateral ODI series and regained the number 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings. However, the South Africa tour didn’t start as per planned, India lost the first 2 test matches due to their inability to win consecutive sessions of a test match. But former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey believes Kohli-led Team India will keep getting better.
Indian team’s performance over the past 2 years has caught the attention of current and ex-cricketers alike. Legends from across the world have heaped praises on the 2011 World Cup winners and their captain, Kohli, who just seems to be getting better with each passing year.
Former Australian batsman, Mike Hussey spoke recently to the press following the conclusion of the St. Moritz Ice Cricket tournament. He backed the Indian team to do well in the future and remarked that it is no disgrace to lose to South Africa in South Africa, where the best of teams in the world struggle. As reported by Hindustan Times, Mike Hussey said,
“India are a fantastic team. It is no disgrace losing to South Africa in South Africa. You see a lot of teams travelling and the away teams struggle. We saw England struggle in the Ashes, we see Australia struggle when they go to England. Away teams find it hard. India has a fantastic team, very well led by Virat Kohli, and they will continue to get better,” said the 42-year-old.
Virat Kohli, in particular, has been a major reason for India’s brilliant performance in the rainbow nation. The RCB captain was the highest run-scorer in the test series and is leading the scoring chart in the ongoing on ODI series as well with 2 hundreds and one fifty.
South Africa to face Australia in T20 series after India
After taking on India in the 3 match T20 series following the final one-dayer, South Africa will take on Australia starting from March 1 in a 4 match test series. Speaking about the upcoming Australian tour of South Africa, Hussey said,
“It is going to be a great series, challenging for both teams, particularly for batsmen. I think the Australian batsmen are going to work really hard for their runs. It is a very good South African attack; the pitches are not as true as in Australia. I’m just looking forward to two very good teams going head-to-head.”
However, the current batting coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) wasn’t too happy with his countries performance in the shortest format of the game – T20. He said,
“I know it is something very important to the Australian team. We haven’t won the T20 trophy before, so we are keen to do well. We have some very good players coming through, hoping that we can be right up there to fight for it.”
Australia who have five 50-over World Cups, are yet to win a T20 World Cup, even though they reached the final in 2010 against West Indies. The next T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020.