India vs Australia: Coach Anil Kumble says he doesn't see why hosts can't win abroad

PTI, Mar, 28 2017

Dharamsala: India cricket team's chief coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said the riveting series win over Australia has proved that the current side is good enough to extend its home dominance to foreign shores as well.

India chased down a victory target of 106 with consummate ease on the Day 4 to beat Australia by eight wickets in the fourth and final Test and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

"It's fantastic. We spoke about it that we will take one series at a time, one match at a time, one session at a time. To come back from 1-0 down, when you could see there were tired bodies around, it was brilliant," Kumble said.

Captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble with the ICC Test mace. Image courtesy: Anil Kumble via Twitter

Captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble with the ICC Test mace. Image courtesy: Anil Kumble via Twitter

"After Virat's injury the team stood up. (Ajinkya) Rahane led the team brilliantly after losing the toss. Then chasing 300 was a brilliant effort and yesterday the bowlers were brilliant.

"The fast bowlers throughout the season have bowled brilliantly. They bowled quick and the mind games done on the pitch that changed the way we approached the game," he said.

"With this kind of line-up, with the lower-order contributions, I don't see any reason why we can't start winning abroad," he added.

Asked about the positives his side can take from the hectic Test season, Kumble said: "The positives have been adapting to conditions. We have had almost 25 players starting from West Indies. All 25 have stood up in different conditions.

"Even the new home venues, we didn't know how those pitches would behave. Everybody has put his hands up. The one area we need to improve is catching, that is something we have to look into."

Praising all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kumble said: "Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) was brilliant through the season. (Ravichandran) Ashwin of course we know what he is capable of but Jaddu has always been in the shadows. But he has now come out of it and to be the No 1 spinner is brilliant."

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115