Former Indian wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta termed the current Indian team as one of the toughest ever. The injury count in the Indian camp just keeps on increasing every day but they have still managed to show courage and keep themselves alive in the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
After losing in Adelaide, the Indian team that was already without Ishant Sharma, also lost Virat Kohli (paternity leave) and Mohammed Shami (fractured wrist).
After a humiliating loss in Adelaide, Team India bounced back without a few of their big players to win in Melbourne. However the injury losses continued to occur, with KL Rahul ruled out due to an injured elbow. Umesh Yadav also pulled his calf muscle and was ruled out.
Team India emphatically managed to draw a Test they could have lost at SCG, thanks to some fine bowling from Ravindra Jadeja and resolute defending from Hanuma Vihari. However both are now ruled out of Brisbane Test due to dislocated elbow and torn hamstring respectively.
Thus Deep Dasgupta has immense respect for this Indian team.
“This is a very tough Indian team there are no two ways about it, especially the last two games. This is definitely one of the toughest Indian teams ever. But I’d say there have been tougher teams in the 60s and 70s, the conditions were different.
“We have to keep the conditions in mind, the series that is happening right now, almost 6 months of staying in the bubble and you have to factor in all of that. Toughness is not just about the sport that we see or the games that we are watching on air. This is a tough tour no doubt, mentally and physically,” Dasgupta said on Sports Today.
These Indian players are also strong because most of them have directly come from a bio bubble in the UAE which now has them six months away from their family and home.
“The biggest challenge is the mental fatigue (playing the final Test of a series). Even normally when you’re there away from home for almost 2 months, anyways it’s so tiring physically yes but mentally it’s tiring. And all the Indian players, except for maybe Pujara and Vihari, they’ve been away for almost 6 months,” Dasgupta said.