Former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is encouraging the Virat Kohli-led side to lift the T20 World Cup next year at home. After India's dynamic win in the second T20I against Australia, Singh opined that the prevailing Indian outfit is the best squad in the world. He also credited the Indian Premier League for giving local players the opportunities to play and learn from some of the greats in the international circuit.
The off-spinner believes India is the favorite team for the World Cup. He feels that the kind of players we have got are quick and they can adapt to the situation better than the others. This is what makes the Indian side better players. Being under high pressure, they have done well for their respective teams in the IPL. It's a positive sign for team India. At the moment, India is probably the strongest T20I side in world cricket, no matter where they are playing, he added.
Hardik Pandya is better than Andre Russell and getting more fearless each day, says Harbhajan
The veteran also heaped praise on Hardik Pandya, who guided his team over the line. The 27-year-old showcased some excellent cricket at the rear-end of the run-chase. Harbhajan Singh further stated that Pandya was better than Andre Russell and getting much more confident with each passing day.
The all-rounder always had the talent, and everyone knew he could hit big sixes. His confidence is building every single day. Pandya is someone who is the right finisher for the men in blue. He is similar to Russell or maybe better than him, Harbhajan Singh said. The Indian cricket team conquered the T20I series whereas the Australian side managed to prevent another whitewash at home.
Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell helped the hosts establish a target of 187. In the chase, it was broadly a one-person show from Virat Kohli. The captain scored 85 runs to nearly seal the deal, but Mitchell Swepson turned the game with a three-wicket haul. There were many positive developments for the hosts in the t20 series. The pacers looked vulnerable, and the side is still worried about their leading players in this department.