Former Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne believes that the current Indian batting unit is not the best in the team’s history. India is well known to be a formiddable batting unit as they have had batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly.
The current batting unit consists of big players like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane. However, the recent form of Pujara and Rahane has been a trouble for the Indian team though the former showed some good form in the latter part of the series against England.
The trio of Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane have been averaging in the 20s in the last two years and the batting unit hasn’t been able to support the potent bowling line. The fast bowlers have been amazing in all the conditions but the batting unit hasn’t been able to back them.
India has started to savor success in overseas conditions and there is no doubt that they can be more consistent if their batting comes up with a collective effort.
“Their batting is nowhere near as strong as Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Tendulkar, Sehwag. Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen on the planet, if not the best across all forms, but when you see that top five of Sehwag, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, that isn’t bad. I don’t think you can say that it’s the best batting Indian side,” Shane Warne said on Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar averaged more than 50 during their glorious career whereas Sehwag averaged just a shade under 50 in his Test career. However, only Virat Kohli in the current batting setup has an average of more than 50 for the Indian team.
On the other hand, Warne believes Rishabh Pant will be a superstar of Indian cricket. Pant has the skills to hit the ground running and he can turn the match on its with his blistering batting.
“Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two standout players, and I think Rishabh Pant will be a superstar down the track. But I think it is their fast bowlers that have elevated India to be able to win in all conditions and not just in India,” Shane Warne added.