According to Lara, the Indian bowling line-up reminded him of the deadly West Indian attacks from the yesteryears.
In 2018, the Indian pace trio of Bumrah, Sharma and Shami, scalped a record 142 wickets among them in Test matches.
“Unbelievable. I saw them in the West Indies. When you look at the quality- (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Umesh) Yadav, all these guys, and the guys on the sidelines, like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are unbelievable,” Lara told reporters in Mumbai.
“It reminds me a little bit of the (pace bowling) strength that the West Indies had in the 80s and 90s. The reserve strength is very important in assessing a team’s ability. It means that your attack has quality,” Lara added.
Complementing Virat Kohli, Lara dubbed him as the ‘Ultimate Captain’.
“He’s (Kohli) the ultimate captain. In terms of his performances, he leads by example. And I mean that in all facets of the game, and off the field too. He is came off very well in the background of MS Dhoni, who laid the foundation, and did things in a different way.”
“So, I think Indian cricket, as we all know, is headed in the right direction. It’s influenced by some of the best people, and is reaping the benefits of it.”
Lara also seemed happy that a player of Rohit Sharma’s calibre is set to play regularly across formats.
“I think that Rohit is an awesome player in all formats of the game. Obviously, in the limited-overs game, he’s been very successful. I don’t see any reason why he should not be in Test cricket. It seems that he has the passion to play and wants to prove himself on that stage (Test cricket) as well.
“To exclude a player like that (from the Test team) will be very difficult, with the talent that I see. So, hopefully, he will be successful. He is a gifted batsman,” said Lara.