Perth, Mar 3: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has said that the current Indian team has "all-round strength" with players like in-form Shikhar Dhawan and the ever-consistent Virat Kohli. The two-time World Cup winning skipper mentioned that he is impressed with the quality of Indian bowling and praised the team, which is performing well in all the three departments at the ICC World Cup 2015.
"India's pace bowling department seems to be pretty good and you have a good spin bowler in Ravichandran Ashwin. Overall you have got a good variety and I think India have good all-round strength," Lloyd said during West Indies' training session on Monday (March 2) in Perth.
"India's middle order is pretty good. Kohli has been excellent for India. Dhoni can do anything any time. A good all-round side is the reason why you've been champions. I'm sure they want to be there at the end," he said while addressing a gathering that only had Indian journalists.
"Kohli has been a tremendous player over the last two years and now you have the likes of Dhawan coming through. I think India should do well. They've won three out of three. So we can't fault their bowling or their batting. India's always a formidable side and they'll continue to be so. But when you set a standard, people expect you to keep that standard all the time. India are doing well, but I hope they don't do too well on Friday,"
Lloyd captained West Indies in three World Cups, winning in 1975, scoring 102 off 85 balls in the final, and 1979 while losing the 1983 title clash to India at Lord's. In 1971, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.