In the first edition of the World Test Championship, India made the progress to the final before a collapse ensured that the BlackCaps were crowned as the first champions of Test cricket. However, Virat Kohli and co have already bounced back from the loss with their performance against England, where they left no stone unturned, with a win at Lord’s.
Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg, impressed with India’s display, called Virat Kohli’s men as the favourites to take the WTC title in the second cycle. Alongside that, he also cited that no other team in international cricket have been able to crack their code of culture.
"This Indian team are going to cause a lot of havoc and they are the favorites to take the WTC in the second cycle running. I cannot see another team cracking the code of this culture right now," explained Hogg on his YouTube channel.
"What I love about this team is that they are creating a positive culture of a team that wants to go out to win every contest. It does not matter what situation they are in, they are fighters, they get themselves out of tough situations."
With India’s back against the wall at the end of the fourth day’s play, the bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma – found form with the bat, putting England in a spot of bother. Even though they had only 60 overs later to dismiss the hosts, they did it in convincing of fashions.
"Looking back at the Brisbane Test, I just thought is this a one-off or are they the real deal? Now this Lord's Test match shows me that they are the real deal. Virat Kohli is creating a fantastic culture," remarked Hogg.