After their historic win at the Gabba in the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, former England spinner Graeme Swann feels that India is now ‘virtually unbeatable’.
During a terrific four-match Test tour of Australia, India had the whole cricket fraternity rooting for them with their unyielding spirit and brilliant fightback in a series full of adversities.
After witnessing such a robust competition by the Indian team, the former spinner now feels Australia is not the best team in the world anymore.
England is scheduled to tour India for four Test matches, five T20Is, and three ODIs starting February 5.
Graeme Swann advised the English players to not worry about the Ashes anymore and turn their focus towards beating India. He said, “England always saying ‘well the Ashes are coming up’. B***ocks to that.”
“If you want to be the best team in the world, let’s be the best team all over the planet, not just trying to beat Australia away.
“We have to move away from looking forward to the Ashes series. It’s a mentality ingrained in this country.
Swann further added that beating India in their home ground is way tougher than playing against Australia.
“Australia are not the best team in the world anymore. They used to be, by miles, and they were the benchmark to strive for.
“They’re not now, but we’re obsessed with this. I think beating India in India is a far higher thing to strive for right now.
“They’re virtually unbeatable in India since we beat them in 2012. Why isn’t that the whole thing?”
Swann expressed that to take the Indian batsmen down, England should focus on their spin bowling attacks, referring to Kevin Pietersen’s match-winning performance against India back in 2012.
“We’re not going to beat India unless spinners are taking wickets and then we’ve got someone batting as we had with Kevin Pietersen,” The 41-year old added.
The England cricket team announced a sixteen-player squad for the India tour on Thursday. The team will be led by Joe Root.