AUS v IND 2018-19: Ian Chappell hails Virat Kohli's men, says they are India’s best fast-bowling and fielding unit

Virat Kohli's team isn't the best batting side, says Chappell.

Ian Chappell not impressed with Indian batting in Australia | Getty Images

Australian great Ian Chappell heaped praise on the current Indian Cricket Team after they made history in Australia by winning their first ever Test series down under, saying Virat Kohli-led side has the best fast bowling and fielding unit that he has ever seen.

However, Chappell isn’t much impressed with India’s batting, saying they don't have the best batting line-up at the moment, but is close to being the best in the world.

Following India’s historic Test series triumph 2-1 in Australia, from fans to cricketing greats from all corners of the world have been showering praise on Kohli and his brigade for making history on the Kangaroos’ soil on Monday (January 7).

However, the tourists have done a fantastic job in Australia, as they have shown their supremacy on the field, as well as, their bowling was also superb, but it was India’s batting that has not much impressed many, as only Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant succeeded in making a mark here and played major roles in India’s record-breaking success in Australia.

And Chappell said that it was the area where India need to match it with their world-class bowling and fielding to become the best batting side in the world.

Chappell told ESPNCricinfo, “This Indian side is the best fast bowling contingent I have seen from India and the best fielding side that I have seen from India. But it’s not the best batting side. I have seen better batting combinations from India than this team.”

Meanwhile, he also said that visiting bowlers got more swing than the hosts, as the India pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami combined for an average of 21.62, while Australia’s Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood averaged over 30 in the Test series.

Chappell signed off by saying, “I thought the Indian bowlers did really well and overall they out-bowled the Australians. They got more swing than the Australian bowlers.”

(With ESPNCricinfo Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 09 Jan, 2019

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