'India deserves top Test spot': Gilchrist

Published: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:56 [IST]
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'India deserves top Test spot'

Hyderabad: Former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist feels that the Indian team deserves to be the top Test side as it is "way ahead" of any cricketing nation. However, he added that the Indians should be wary of the Australians who can beat any one on a given day.

"The one team that is a long way ahead of any other team is India, and deservedly so, is the number one ranking Test side in the world. I think it has been a long and hard journey for them. I think they deserve that success," he told reporters during a promotional event on Friday.

However, the Australian advised India to watch out for the tourists who will try and fight back in the second Test match as they are still one of the best in world, despite going through a transitional phase.

"I think it's a sort of three years since Glenn and Shane left and two years since myself and others left. So, there has been a transition. They have been through that transition.

"(But) Regardless of results, he (Ponting) is so committed to excel. They are still one of the best teams in the world. On any given day, they can beat anyone else."

Deccan Chargers skipper Gilchrist had also words of praise for his IPL teammate VVS Laxman, who played a standout innings in the first Test match in Mohali.

"When it comes to skills and applying those skills and more importantly when the team needs, he is going to stand up and weave magic with the bat. He has proved that time and time again with Australia. I am happy for him."

He compared Laxman with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid but he is not a cynosure because of his low profile nature.

"Though Laxman is no less talented than his contemporaries like Sachin, Rahul and Saurav Ganguly, be he remained an unsung hero because of his low profile nature." He said "very very seriously good" Laxman is a "quite achiever".

"That is his nature. He is not an outwardly expressive person. He is not on the billboards, he is not in advertising, he is not doing endorsements...Having got to know him for the last few years with Deccan Chargers, he is absolutely a terrific person, a kind-hearted, gentle-heart."

Replying to a query, the Deccan Chargers captain said he would like to continue the "wonderful journey".

"After the frustrating first year (of IPL 1 when Chargers ended up at the bottom of the table), winning the second and the semifinals in the third year, we have achieved positive results. I would love to continue on that journey.

"I need to find out from the franchise what their intentions are and then we can sit down and work it out from there."


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