India need to be mentally stronger: Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist

Bangalore: India have quality batsmen and bowlers in the team, but need to be mentally stronger to win a Test series abroad, Australian great Adam Gilchrist said on Sunday.

India have lost the ongoing Test series against England after losing the ODI series 1-2.

"It is challenging playing overseas. I do believe India have a strong bowling unit and some quality batsmen, including the best batsmen in the world - Virat Kohli.

"They have the potential to win overseas, perhaps it is just mind more than the body. They just need to be mentally stronger," the former Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman said on the sidelines of a promotional.

Asked about Kohli's captaincy in the ongoing Test series, Gilchrist said he would not make any comment but admired the Indian captain's positive attitude. "What I admire about Virat's captaincy is his tenacity and the way he drags his team with him by just being positive.

"Tactically, I cannot comment because I have not watched enough content, except the highlights," he said. Gilchrist also said he admires Kohli's aggression, though some people say he goes overboard sometimes.

"Virat is that guy who is passionate about leading his team and the nation forward. I see positive things about his captaincy and leadership," he said.

Asked about Kohli's soured relationship with Australian spectators, Gilchrist said the former has matured since the last tour where they went under the skin of the Indian players, especially Kohli.

"The Aussie crowd always wants to go under the skin of opposition players. But Virat has matured to a great deal since that last tour," Gilchrist said.

India are touring Australia between November and January, where they will play four Test matches, three T20Is and as many ODIs. It would not be advisable for Australians to upset Kohli as that may boomerang against them since he is the world's best batsman at present, Gilchrist said.

"He (Kohli) looks to me a guy who likes challenges when the chips are down. Perhaps, we don't want to upset him because he is the best player in the world," he said.

From Australia's point of view, they do not want Kohli to score heavily as he has done in the Tests versus England, Gilchrist added.

Asked about the World Cup next year in England, Gilchrist said the hosts, Australia, India and Pakistan are potential teams to reach the semi-finals. "England have one of the strongest white-ball teams. They will be playing in home conditions.

"Australia too have good chance, while India have won a tournament there before. And Pakistan are always the dark horse. They can spring a surprise or two," he said.


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