India is a team where player identification and development is a norm for selection. Renewal is a priority in the case of the cricket authorities in that country, They use Under 19 cricket as a vehicle to identify new players of the future, New names like Gill, Washington Sunder and Pant are now the heroes of a very young team..
So the team destroy the English team and also the Australians, They are by a mile the best cricket team in the world today because of their progressive and forward-looking approach to selection of players, The fully deserve being lauded by cricket lovers worldwide.
For me as a South African we have a team going backwards in performances and getting weaker all the time and what is the difference between the two teams teams:-
* When India needs new and replacement players the look at promising youngsters - when SA need to replace players the look at the over 29 year old and even over 30 year-old players to replace equally old players who left the team in disgrace.
* In India Virat Kholi is the captain (batting average 53,37) - in SA we now have Dean Elgar (batting average 39.81) as captain - the one is a top class fielder - the other a dud.
* In India the fact is their coaching and management staff are top class - In SA we have Smith and Boucher to take SA crcket backwards in the same way that Meyer and Coetzee tool our rugby backwards,
* SA has the number 1 ranked rugby team in the world - they would soon compete with BanglaDesh to be the lowest rated test playing team in the world.