Indian Test team has opportunity to improve during South Africa tour: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly said India have to be wary of South Africa’s bowling attack © Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 30, 2013

Former captain Sourav Ganguly reckons the upcoming foreign tours, starting with the one in South Africa, will be an opportunity for the Indian Test team to regain lost ground overseas after successive reverses in England and Australia.

They have been doing well in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but Ganguly doesn’t think that India‘s Test team is on the decline either.

“You need to give them some time and as I said, they have played overseas and at home in the past 10-11 years. Yes, we have had a hiccup in Australia and England but we have an opportunity this season in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia to improve our performance and I don’t agree with the tag,” Ganguly told NDTV.

“Yes, they are a very good limited overs side but in Test matches too they have given results.”

Ahead of what is going to be a grueling tour of South Africa, Ganguly had a piece of advice for MS Dhoni and his men.

“He (Dhoni) has been to South Africa before and he knows how tough it is. It is not going to be just a one-day combination as Test matches are a different ball game. South Africa have got a great attack, they are a very good side at home. India have to play really really well.

“India have been a good touring team in the past 10-11 years apart from the hiccups in England and Australia. So, I can suggest that play positive and realise that it is a hard tour. It will be a tour that will challenge a lot of players and you have to raise your game.”

Ganguly also said he was not interested in joining politics.

“I don’t want to be in politics, I want to be involved in the game as it gives me a lot of happiness and will find out more opportunities and make the most of it.”

Talking about controversial pacer S Sreesanth, who was jailed on charges of spot-fixing in this year’s Indian Premier League, Ganguly said it will be a complete waste of talent if the allegations against him are proved.

“He has done well as a Test bowler but had been a bit inconsistent, which was something to do with his temperament. But if things (allegations of spot-fixing in IPL) are proved, then it is a complete waste of talent,” Ganguly said.