India vs Australia 2013: India dominated in all departments, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar was highly impressed by the performances of the youngsters in the Indian team © Getty Images

New Delhi: Mar 24, 2013

Highly impressed by India‘s young players, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar says they needed to be developed into top players as they look ready to face the stern challenges that tough Test cricket throws.

Gavaskar said the best way to build on the successful series would be help youngsters grow into mature and top players.

“There is so much of hope for the future. The guys who won the games for India were youngsters. All in their 20s with almost 8-10 years to go. I think they are ready to take on the tough world of Test cricket. If they have the same kind of impact as they had in India, though remains to be seen, certainly what has happened is development of a lot of players,” Gavaskar said.

“It is important that useful or good players quickly develop into top players and I think that is a big plus for India after this series,” he added.

The former skipper was pleased with the way India outplayed Australia in all departments of the game.

“4-0 win has not happened often in the history of Test cricket and but this was a total domination of the team in all departments of the game,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

“Generally what happens is when you beat an opposition, there are some outstanding performances but the rest of the team (members) have not put their hands up. So I think, it was very very important to understand that this Indian team’s performance was a team effort.

“[Ravichandran] Ashwin and [Ravindra] Jadeja took 20 plus wickets, two guys [Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara] scored over 400 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored double ton. So it wasn’t just one person or dependence on one or two, it was the core that came to the party and did really well,” Gavaskar added.

He also said that since Australia had just one specialist spinner, it helped India.

“Teams at home are always harder to beat but England had the bowlers to exploited the Indian conditions. If there had been another quality spinner along with Nathan Lyon, maybe India would have not had it easy [against Australia as well].

Though am not saying India would have lost, it won’t have been as easy as they have had,” said the former skipper.

Gavaskar advised the team management to prepare for tough overseas assignments ahead sooner than later.

“India now has to prepare because they know they would have to tour South Africa…the number one team. They got to prepare from right now for the tour in December. If it means making a few sacrifices…going there earlier or sending an ‘A’ team earlier. If you prepare from now, India has a very good chance of doing well over there as well. They have the quality and that quality needs a little opportunity to bloom,” he concluded.