Saurav Ganguly © PTI (File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly © PTI (File Photo)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly reckons that batsmen will need to perform at their best for India to have a good chance to make the upcoming 5-Test series against England competitive. ”You have to score 400 runs in an innings in Test cricket in order to be competitive. If they get 400 runs in the first innings, they will win,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens today.

He went on to say that India has a good Test unit which can give a good fight provided their main strength, i.e., batting, fires the right salvos. “India will have a chance. They are a good side, if they bat well, they will do well in England. They can win the test series. India have got a big chance of winning,” he concurred.

It is worth remembering here that other yesteryear cricketers including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Phil Tufnell have indicated that the Test series between India and England would also hinge on how English batsmen face up to Indian spinners in an atypically dry English summer.

India won the T20 series against England by 2-1 but suffered the reverses in the ODI series to lose it 1-2. The Test series scheduled to be played in the latter half of the English summer has generated tremendous interest amongst people. There is curiosity regarding whether the number 1 team in ICC Test rankings will perform well in overseas conditions with the equal finesse that they have displayed in more familiar territories. They performed well in South Africa but were outplayed by the hosts on difficult tracks earlier this year. This tour to England and the one to Australia later this year would provide relevant challenge for the number 1 ranked side in Test cricket. As for England, the fifth-ranked Test side have failed to win any of their last three series. They have just won 1 match in the last 3 Test series they have played.

On a different note, world cup winning skipper MS Dhoni drew a lot of flak for his slow-paced innings in India’s second and third ODIs against England at Lord’s and Headingley, respectively. This caused some rumours of his retirement which were doing rounds on social media. The rumours were duly dismissed by Indian coach, Ravi Shastri.

When Ganguly was asked about the same, he hoped that Dhoni will soon be back among runs when India play the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. “I am sure he will get back to scoring runs. Whatever he does, it’s his decision,” he signed off.