In a massive compliment to Team India from former Australia spinner Brad Hogg, the cricketer has said that the Virat Kohli-led Indian team can be termed as one of the best teams in the world if they go on to win a Test series in South Africa. Notably, the Men in Blue have never won a Test series in the rainbow country but are 1-0 up in the three-match this time around with a historic win at Centurion.
With the second Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg set to commence later on Monday and India historically having a good record at this venue, Virat Kohli & Co would be aiming for nothing but a win in this game to claim the series with one match to go. However, Virat has been ruled out for the second Test and it is KL Rahul who is leading the team.
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India will be like Australia in the 2000s and West Indies in the late 70s and early 80s: Hogg
"India just won in South Africa in the Boxing Day Test, if India win one out of the remaining two Test matches, they are definitely the best team in the world at the moment. India are going to be labelled as one of the great teams that have been on Earth. Like Australia in the 2000s and West Indies in the late 70s and early 80s," Hogg said in a video uploaded on his YouTube Channel.
"India are the best team because they are dominating when they travel. They annihilated England on English soil. They should have had that series against England done and dusted being 3-1 up. England had no answers for them. England were too worried about The Hundred competition, getting the big stars to play there," he added.
"Well, we're in different times, there's a pandemic, you have to adjust and be hospitable to the visitors. If that Test match does not get rescheduled, I don't think anyone should worry about it because it was completely England's fault," he further said.
Post the three-match Test series, the two countries will battle it out in a three-match ODI series and in the absence of Rohit Sharma, it is KL Rahul who has been named the captain for the same with Jasprit Bumrah being named his deputy.