India may have lost ability to win overseas Test matches: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly said India have failed to seize control on crucial moments Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Jan 11, 2012

Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday opined that India may have lost their ability to win overseas, following their sixth consecutive Test match lost at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia last week.

“It’s not the loss but the manner in which they have been outplayed that will be of concern. Indian cricket has taken a lot of pride in its performance overseas in the last 10 years, but the fear I have now is, have we taken a huge step backward?” Ganguly expressed.

“Winning cricket matches is about seizing the moment and that did not happen. Indian batting has been rated very highly for the last 10 years, but somewhere in the last few Tests, they have found themselves in difficult positions,” the former skipper wrote in his column for Times of India.

India are facing another series defeat Down Under as they trail 2-0 in the four- match Test series against Australia after losing the first two matches at Melbourne and Sydney.

The former No.1 Test ranked side finds itself in deep trouble having lost the Test series in England 4-0 and now on the brink of losing another in Australia.

Ganguly also added that India s recent losses were due to poor batting and bowling performances.

A few days ago, Ganguly demanded inclusion of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in the India side for the Perth Test in place of a struggling R Ashwin.

Ojha, who has taken 62 wickets in 14 Tests, has never played overseas.

“I think the left-arm spinner could come in and do well. He’s a good bowler and he’s ready, and Ashwin obviously hasn’t bowled well,” Ganguly said.

Spin has accounted for just four of the 24 Australian wickets to fall in the series.

Ganguly though said Umesh Yadav should be spared the axe.

“I thought Umesh Yadav bowled very well in Melbourne so you can’t leave him out after one bad Test match, and he had bowled very well previous to that,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Age.