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Jasprit Bumrah (AFP Photo)

Former Australia captain Allan Border has lavished praises on the Indian cricket team saying a good pace attack has seen them leave behind their past struggles in overseas conditions and that the Virat Kohli-led India have shown why they’re the top-ranked team in Test cricket.

India took 27 deliveries to get rid of the last two Australian batsmen and seal an emphatic 137-run win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the fifth and final day to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

“They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team,” Border told Foxsports.com.au. “They’ve had their struggles away from home, but they’re starting to improve because they’ve had some good fast bowling.”

Jasprit Bumrah returned career-best figures of 6/33 in the first innings to bowl Australia out for 151 helping India to a big first-innings lead. Then he added three more scalps to his kitty to finish with match figures of 9/86 – the best ever by an Indian pacer on Australian soil.

Currently, with 20 wickets, he is the leading wicket-taker of the series. While he has mad the major impact across the three Tests, Mohammed Shami (14 wickets) and Ishant Sharma (11) have been equally effective if not devastating.

Border feels the current crop of bowlers makes India a dangerous team especially in conditions that are conducive to fast bowlers. “Now they can combat Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – countries that produce those fast, bouncy, seaming wickets. They used to struggle on those, but they don’t struggle on those now.

He continued, “They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win. It’s as a good an Indian bowling attack as I’ve ever seen. They’ve had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.

“Now they’ve settled on a fantastic fast bowling group, plus they’ve got a couple in the wings that are pretty handy, plus they’ve got a couple of good spinners and their batting is very, very good.”