"This Indian team better than 2011 side"

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 18:06 hrs

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has appreciated the current Indian cricket side, which is playing in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, and said it is 'better' than the team which won the 2011 World Cup.

"India have been the team of the tournament so far. They are a fearless, aggressive bunch and I have not seen that from India before. This team are better than the World Cup-winning side in 2011," Vaughan wrote in his column in UK´s The Telegraph.

Appreciating the young players in the Indian side the former England skipper said: "The young players play with freedom. They know this is their chance to create a legacy now the great names have retired. They field brilliantly, creating chances for the bowlers through agility. With the bat they look to score off the short ball instead of swaying out the way of it."

"They hit the ball as hard as any Indian players I have ever seen. They play good, hard strokes you see in Test cricket and it looks as if Duncan Fletcher is loving working with them," he said.

Speaking on the England side, Vaughan said the team have a group of players ready to win a tournament.

"England have a group of players ready to win a tournament and even if they lose on Sunday I put them down as one of two favourites alongside India for the 2015 World Cup in Australia. In Australian conditions this England bowling attack will be a huge threat. It is the first time since 1992, when Graham Gooch's team reached the World Cup final, that we have had such a good one-day side," Vaughan said.

He said England have a good chance to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

"This is a great chance for England to create history and win a global 50-over tournament. We reached the final of the Champions Trophy in 2004 but could not quite get over the line. But this team can go one better," Vaughan said.

India and England will face each other in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday.

"England need to win the toss and bat. The pitches at Edgbaston have been very dry and that should help them produce reverse swing," Vaughan said.

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