In an exclusive interview with Republic World on Monday, former Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan spoke about whether or not Team India was currently the best in the world, despite England having won the World Cup in July.
Asked precisely that question, Zaheer Khan said, "There is no doubt about India being the best team. We are at the top with our consistent performances. Winning the World Cup would have been a special moment. But England in that tournament was phenomenal and they deserved to win the World Cup. Whereas India is one of the favourites and both the teams were there in the World Cup.
Team India's journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 came to a heartbreaking end in the semifinal clash with New Zealand as the Kiwis defeated the Men In Blue by 18 runs at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 10. England made history as they went on to 'beat' New Zealand to win their maiden World Cup crown.
England actually drew with New Zealand in a nail-biting last-ball thriller to clinch their maiden World Cup title at Lord's Cricket Grounds in London on July 14. The World Cup hosts levelled scores with the Kiwis in the last ball of the 50th over to put the match through a Super Over to decide the winner of the contest following which the match was once again tied in the last ball of the Super Over. However, England emerged as the winners of the match owing to the boundary count, with England having scored 24 boundaries in their innings against New Zealand's 16.
The India vs South Africa series came to an end on Sunday. The first match at Dharamshala stadium was called off after heavy rains, due to which only two games were played. Virat Kohli led the team to victory during the second match, while Quinton de Kock spearheaded the Proteas to victory in match three. As both teams won a game each, Ind vs SA T20I series ended in a tie.