Home > News >

Sourav Ganguly blasts India’s ordinary batting display at Adelaide

Sourav Ganguly blasts India's ordinary batting display at Adelaide

Ganguly couldn’t believe that the Indian batsmen struggled at Adelaide, which was the closest to the pitches in the subcontinent

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) 

 

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has blasted the team for putting up an ordinary batting display on a lifeless track at the Adelaide Oval in the fourth and the final Test against Australia here Thursday.

 

Ganguly can’t believe that the Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli (116), could score on a track, which was the closest to the pitches in the subcontinent.

 

“It just goes to show that if the confidence is down, even good pitches create problems. This was a perfect example of that. The batting unit has struggled throughout the series but this effort must be really worrying to the players. One can argue the wickets in the past Test matches had a lot more seam movement and it wasn’t easy but this was an absolute belter,” said Ganguly.

 

Ganguly praised Kohli and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (35) for resurrecting the innings with their 114 run stand after India were reduced to 111 for five.

 

“Kohli was, once again, brilliant and took up where he left off in Perth. He looks like a very good player. The knocks in Perth must have given him a lot of confidence and this could be just the innings he needed to get his Test career going. I have always believed one needs to get runs overseas as a Test batsman. Kohli is the sort of player who goes on to make big scores once he gets in and this is a good sign for a batsman,” Ganguly wrote in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald. 

 

Praising his statemate Saha, Ganguly said: “A word of praise for Saha, too. He fought well in his knock with Kohli and has definitely shown the temperament for success at this level. He is by far the best wicketkeeper in the country and, if he can keep performing, opportunities will be coming soon.It’s never easy to fill places because one never knows when the next opportunity will come, but he has done no harm to his reputation.”

 

Ganguly was all praise for Australian pacer Peter Siddle, who has emerged as the new leader of the pack.

 

“For Australia, it was a perfect day. I don’t think the players themselves would have thought they could go through this Indian batting that easily on this surface, but the bowlers, especially Peter Siddle, were absolutely brilliant. Siddle has a very big heart and to me he is a captain’s delight. Lots of bowlers get wickets in helpful conditions but it’s the wickets on flat pitches that are always special and Michael Clarke will keep this in mind about his leading quick,” he said.

 

Ganguly said Clarke did the right thig by not enforcing the follow-on. Ganguly said a declaration could be expected at lunch on Friday as the Aussies will have five sessions to get India out on this pitch.

 

“Clarke rightly did not enforce the follow-on, as there is a lot of time left in this Test match. The weather has been very hot, something I have not experienced in this country before, so he gave his quicks the extra rest required. With the forecast of two more hot days, the pitch will further deteriorate and make life harder for the Indian batsmen,” he said. (IANS)

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Shaun Udal on India vs England 3rd Test

South Africa win series against Sri Lanka 1-0; move to No 1 in ICC Test rankings

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 2 at Southampton: India end Day 2 at 25/1, trail by 544 runs

12 little-known facts about Garry Sobers

Pankaj Singh and other Test cricketers from Rajasthan

Mike Griffith: My choice of Mike Gatting as President of MCC was all about timing

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton stats highlights: Day 2

Kevin Pietersen says boos from Australian crowd will spur him during BBL

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Ian Bell dedicates ton to grandfather who passed away recently

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler adds excitement to England batting, feels Michael Atherton

Mahela Jayawardene: Regret ending Test career without win in Australia

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014: Key highlights from Test series

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton stats highlights: Day 2

Moeen Ali wears ‘Save Gaza’ band: Instances where cricketers made political statements on the field

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler’s blitz, Ian Bell’s century and other highlights from Day 2

India’s many dropped catches at slips against England

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

OnePlus One headed to India: Here’s why it is a flagship killer

IAF receives 6th C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

Weightlifter Vikas Thakur wins 12th silver for India in the Commonwealth Games 2014

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Clicked: Deepika Padukone on a cruise-view pic!

Eid-ul-Fitr 2014: 7 practices that are followed on the Feast of Breaking the Fast

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler adds excitement to England batting, feels Michael Atherton

Ranbir Kapoor becomes an emcee for a music streaming portal!

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Ian Bell dedicates ton to grandfather who passed away recently

US senator to propose strong curbs on NSA phone data collection

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here