Dhoni's captaincy key to India's success at SCG, says Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels India should take inspiration from their South Africa tour in 2010-11 where they came from behind and almost won the Test series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 2, 2012

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels MS Dhoni should back some of the non-performing players in the team to bring the best out of them in the upcoming Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), starting Tuesday.

In his column for the Sydney Morning Herald, Ganguly wrote,” I am a big believer that if you get in troubles yourself; you should be the one to find a way to get out of it. There is a theory that Gautam Gambhir will struggle to succeed in Australian conditions, but I don’t agree.

“He recovered well in South Africa after the first Test and has the technical and mental strength to succeed here as well. For me the worry is Virat Kohli. He had an ordinary series in the West Indies, and two poor scores in Melbourne could dent the young man’s confidence.

“Hopefully the senior members of the squad will help him out to battle through this period.”

The former Indian captain said Dhoni, if wins the toss, should bat first in the second Test. He wrote,” Dhoni once again will be the key here. If he wins the toss, I would really want him to bite the bullet and bat first.

“His glove work was very good at the MCG, and hopefully he can turn around his form with the bat as well. His team has lost five overseas Tests in a row and he will be the catalyst to take them out of the hole in the 100th Test at the SCG.

“It has been great to see the intensity of the Indian team in the nets since they have been in Sydney. The loss in Melbourne would have hurt them. They must make this Test count. There are some huge names in the Indian team – players who have had lot of success overseas in the past 10 years and they will be keen to set the record straight.”

The former India captain feels India should take inspiration from their South Africa tour in 2010-11 where they came from behind and almost won the Test series.

“They will be able to take a lot of positives from their past successes overseas. This time last year, they came from behind in South Africa and almost won the series, played splendidly well in Durban and Cape Town and put huge pressure on the home team.”

“Coach Duncan Fletcher and captain MS Dhoni must remind them of that tour ahead of this match. Memories like that will help in their mental preparation.

“India lost eight wickets on day three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and 10 for not many in the second innings, which could have a huge toll on the batting unit.

“In its favour is that the SCG is normally a good batting wicket. Sydney has been very hot and humid and I won’t be surprised if the groundsman has left a fair bit of moisture for the pitch to hold up for the five days of the Test. “