An astonishing 157-run victory over England by the Indian Cricket Team in the fourth Test despite being bowled out for 191 in the first innings once again gained the attention and sparked the debate on whether the Viral Kohli-led side is currently the best or not. But this time it’s something different, as this time it found some notable validators like former Indian captain and current BCCI president Saurav Ganguly and legendary Australian spinner Shane Warner.
Both of them Ganguly and Warner called the Indian side the best. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, however, had a slightly different opinion from the two of them.
Saurav Ganguly said that it has been a ‘great show’ to see the Indian bowling attack initiated by the pumped-up Jasprit Bumrah. He bowled out England for just 210 on the final day at The Oval and give India an unassailable 2-1 led in the five-match series.
The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure. Indian cricket is far ahead than the rest,” Ganguly, the BCCI president, wrote on Twitter.
Vaughan is very active on social media sites and he is the type of person who often gets into uses or as we can call it to banter with the Indian fans most of the time.
So after he saw Saurav Ganguly saying all this he decided to correct Ganguly by saying that the Indian side is best no doubt but only at Test cricket but not in the white-ball format.
“In Test cricket… not White ball cricket,” Vaughan wrote quoting Ganguly’s tweet.
But all of these does not end here, earlier, Vaughan in a series of tweets, however, had heaped praise on the Indian side for their victory in the Oval Test on Monday.
“Sometimes you have to accept that a Team is better than you when the pressure is on … India is better when it really matters,” read one of his tweets.
ICC ranking about India?
India is currently ranked No. 2 in the ICC test ranking behind World Test Championship winners New Zealand. In the year 2021, Indians have registered memorable victories over Australia in Melbourne and Brisbane and backed that up by defeating England at Lord’s and Oval in the series.
But Vaughan’s argument does have some merit when one has a look at the ODI and T201 ranking. The Virat Kohli- led Indian side are ranked No.4 in the ODI ranking are yet to win an ICC trophy since 2013. As far as T201 rankings are concerned, Indians are t the second spot behind ODI World Champion England.
Meanwhile, Kohli rated the bowling performance by Indian on Monday among the top three of his captaincy tenure.
I think it’s definitely among the top three bowling performances that I’ve witnessed as Indian captain,” Kohli said after the victory.
“We knew we were in with an opportunity with Jadeja bowling from one end into the rough. The ball got scuffed up quite nicely.
“Our guys, when the ball is reversing enough, they become much more lethal and we exploited reverse swing perfectly today.”