India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
“They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team. They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win,” 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.
“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.”
“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.”