Virat Kohli's India have the same scare factor as West Indies of eighties, says Dean Jones

Dean Jones said India need to maintain their reputation and can now win in anyone's backyard.

FirstCricket Staff, Jan 21, 2019 12:26:44 IST

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones is extremely impressed with the Virat Kohli-led India side and has even compared them to the great West Indies side of the eighties.

Jones' comments come after India completed a historic Test and ODI series in Australia. India defeated Tim Paine and Co 2-1 in the four-match Test series as Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia, while his team also captured the three-match ODI series 2-1 — their first bilateral ODI series win Down Under.

Virat Kohlis India have the same scare factor as West Indies of eighties, says Dean Jones

India recently became the first team to come out of a full tour of Australia without losing a series. AP

In his column for Times of India, Jones wrote that India now also have the "scare factor" that the great West Indies teams had in the past.

"India now are no different to what the West Indies were in the eighties and early nineties. They have got to maintain the reputation that they can win in anyone's backyard now and must not take the foot off the pedal. The Windies were brilliant at it and had that "scare factor", which is what India have now," Jones wrote.

As India continue their preparations for the 2019 World Cup and are currently in New Zealand for the five-match ODI and three-match T20I series, Jones warned the team against "dropping their guard."

"India couldn't be having a better journey for their World Cup campaign than what they are having now and they have got to make sure they finish off New Zealand as well. What would be the worst thing to ruin this would be to go out to against the Black Caps and drop their guard," Jones wrote.

Updated Date: Jan 21, 2019 12:26:44 IST

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