Heaping praise on players like the ever-consistent Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd said the Indian team at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has “all-round strength” and are ably backed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
More than batsmen, Lloyd, who led a strong Caribbean outfit with one of the best-ever fast bowling attacks in the history of the game, is also impressed with the “variety” of Indian bowling as they take on West Indies in the fourth group league encounter between the teams at the WACA on Friday.
“It’s nearly the same sort of side. India’s pace bowling seems to be pretty good and you have a good spin bowler in (Ravichandran) Ashwin. Overall you have got a good variety and I think India have good all-round strength,” Lloyd expressed his views from the sidelines of the West Indies training session at the Murdoch University ground, here today.
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“India’s middle order is pretty good. Virat Kohli has been excellent for you guys. MS Dhoni can do anything any time. A good all-round side is the reason why you’ve been champions. I’m sure they want to be there at the end,” said while addressing a gathering that only had Indian journalists save one from the Caribbean islands.
Lloyd is the latest among the galaxy of former stars, who have showered accolades on Virat Kohli.
“Virat Kohli has been a tremendous player over the last two years and now you have the likes of Dhawan coming through. I think India should do well. They’ve won three out of three. So we can’t fault their bowling or their batting. India’s always a formidable side and they’ll continue to be so. But when you set a standard, people expect you to keep that standard all the time. India are doing well but I hope they don’t do too well on Friday,” 70-year-old Lloyd said with a smile.
Lloyd though didn’t answer whether Indians will find it difficult to handle the Caribbean pace attack on a bouncy WACA strip.
“I don’t know. It all depends on the day’s cricket. You have good cricketers and I’m sure they have played against very pacy bowlers. They will be able to combat anything that is thrown at them. One-day cricket is who plays well on the day and gets their disciplines right.
“If we do that, we give them a good run for their money.
They’re defending champions and they want to be in this World Cup as long as possible,” said the man, who led West Indies to back-to-back World Cup victories in 1975 and 79.