Ganguly asks Fletcher to watch Indian team's past videos

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that though conditions are tough to bat, Indian batsmen should gut it out and play for pride Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 17, 2011

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has rebuffed India coach Duncan Fletcher s claim that the ball is swinging too much in the ongoing Tests series.

Ganguly in an interview to Mid Day said that Indian team faced tougher playing conditions in 2002 and 2007. He was quoted as saying, “I don’t buy the idea that Fletcher did not see such ferocious swing bowling in his life. We won at Nottingham (in 2007), and at Leeds (in 2002), and on both occasions, the ball swung like anything. We should send him video cassettes of those victories.”

Earlier Fletcher told reporters that he has never seen so much swing and seam in his life.

Ganguly also said that India s batting collapse throughout the series has been unfortunate,a nd advised them to play for pride.

He said,” I don’t think it’s that bad a team that cannot bat for even 60 overs. It’s a pity that we have not even scored 300 runs in any of the last six innings. When you look at the experience and the amount of career runs in this side, that’s what hurts the most.

“First and foremost, our batsmen have to consolidate our position by staying at the wicket. Play for pride.”

According to Ganguly, batsmen s failure has culminated in too much pressure for the bowlers.

“I think the absence of Zaheer and Harbhajan has really hurt us. They are our two frontline bowlers. Naturally, their absence will be felt. The others could not rise to the occasion. It is also true when you don’t have enough runs on the board, the bowlers do struggle.

“If our batsmen had piled on the runs, we would have seen a different Ishant Sharma or Sreesanth. It’s a team game, and requires efforts from all departments,” said Ganguly.