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Former India skipper and one of the most exquisite batsmen of our times, Mohammad Azharuddin has called upon the current India Test side led by Virat Kohli as well balanced and one of the best ever. India are currently leading the 3-Test series vs Sri Lanka 2-0, Azhar criticised the current Sri Lankan outfit. It must be remembered that Azhar s only series win outside India came against Sri Lanka in their own den in 1993-34 season. Azhar now expects the Indian outfit to prove their mantle in Australia, South Africa and England.

As quoted in a report from mid-day, Azhar said, With the confidence earned through series wins like the one in Sri Lanka, the players have been given the impetus to do well against stronger opposition. One big plus point is that there are two good medium pacers in Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. The bench strength is good too. He went on to describe almost every player in the side as well. Azhar elaborated, Ravindra Jadeja is the world’s top all-rounder and Ravichandran Ashwin is your No. 1 spinner. This is a very balanced team and I am keen to see more success overseas. The current team’s fielding is good Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane at close-in and men like Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Jadeja in the outfield.

He also felt India’s show against Sri Lanka should be lauded even if against a weak team. In fact, it’s a tough job to face a weaker team match after match. You have to maintain your hunger and the present lot have a lot of that. This is the sign of a real professional attitude.

He also recalling the one-off Test India played under him against Sri Lanka.

I am not taking away anything from this Indian team, but we faced a tougher Sri Lankan side in previous years. Of course, we beat them at home,” Azhar concluded.