India's Ascent in Cricket is 'Absolutely Fantastic', Says Allan Border

image-lf2e807vIndia's rise in international cricket has been spectacular (AP Photo)

Australian cricket icon Allan Border has lauded India's ascent as a dominant force in the world of cricket, both on the field and financially, following the conclusion of day one's play of the Ahmedabad Test. 

With the Indian cricket team having acquired the top spot in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Rankings for all formats of the game and clinched back-to-back series victories against Australia, the team's recent successes are evident.

During a conversation with India Today, Border expounded upon the long-standing rivalry between India and Australia, stating that the Indian squad currently maintains an upper hand over their Australian counterparts. 

He expressed eagerness to witness both teams face off against each other in the World Test Championship final in a neutral venue at the Oval, a thought that thrills him.

"Oh, most definitely. India does have the upper hand at the moment. They will get a chance, won't they in England at the Oval when these two teams play in the World Test Championship final game at The Oval. So, it will be thrilling in itself to watch them go at it in a neutral country," said the former Australian captain.

He also mentioned that the Australians held dominance over the Indian cricket team for a considerable duration, particularly due to the infrequent touring of India by Australia.

Notably, there was a significant gap of ten years between the two teams playing against each other from 1969 to 1979, when Border joined the Australian team.

Furthermore, the legendary batter expressed his keenness to witness India and Australia's World Test Championship Final match held in a neutral venue such as the Oval in London. He anticipates an enthralling match-up between the two sides.

"They're winning games away from home, so I'm really looking forward to firstly, this Test match, and see how the series finishes and see how they battle in neutral territory at the Oval in London," added the 67-year old stalwart.

Talking about the ongoing Test match between India and Australia, the visitors have put a mammoth innings total of 480 runs, courtesy of Usman Khawaja's 180 and Cam Green's 114.