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first_imgAustralia and India are the two mentally toughest teams from the lot taking part in this year’s Champions Trophy, Sunil Gavaskar said.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2017, Gavaskar said the two teams have fantastic support teams that allow them to be confident about their abilities.”I would rank Australia first and India pretty much on par with them in terms of mental strength”, Gavaskar said.WATCH VIDEOThe former India batsman was responding to a question about how, at times, teams that aren’t particularly strong on paper tend to perform well thanks to their self-confidence.    “Every other team (other than Australia and India) after that has some sort of mental weakness or the other,” Gavaskar said, adding, “India and Australia have, over the last couple of years particularly, developed so much confidence in their ability to tackle any situation… that’s why they are mentally strong.””They are mentally strong also because they believe in each other… because they’ve got a balanced team,” Gavaskar went on to say, explaining how he believes the two teams have a good mix of attacking and defensive batting as well as batting that can go after the bowlers in the death overs.The two teams also have balanced bowling units, Gavaskar said. “They have confidence that their boys can do it… The support system for the both teams has been fantastic… which is the reason they have got the results they have,” Gavaskar further.Gavaskar went on to add that South Africa was another team that is “very good” mentally. But, they somehow come up short when it comes to the knockout stages, Gavaskar added, alluding to the Proteas’ infamous ‘chokers’ tag.advertisementThe legendary India batsman also spoke about reports of differences between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, saying, “You will never have a situation when the captain and coach of any country is on the same page”. On the topic of the June 4 India-Pakistan clash, Gavaskar said that the current Indian pace attack is better than that of Pakistan’s.ALSO READ | Differences between captain, coach common everywhere due to generation gap, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img