The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that the Indian team cannot just chop and change in every game. The Indian team had taken some peculiar selections decisions in the first Test which didn’t quite come off well. It was a gamble to drop deputy Ajinkya Rahane that many believe backfired for India.
Ganguly is of the opinion that as the Indian team has shown their faith in the current batting line-up they should stick to it despite KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane good record in the foreign conditions. It is noted in the recent past that Virat Kohli has shown the confidence in the players that have featured in the previous matches irrespective of their performance.
Ganguly wrote in TOI column, “Virat Kohli should not worry about such things [team combination]. Although KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have a good history of scoring runs away from the sub-continent and have better records as batsmen, India can’t just chop-and-change in every game. They have shown faith in the current batting and that should continue in the next Test as well. They still have two more Tests to play and I feel all the matches will produce results.”
India did the right thing by fielding five bowlers.
Ganguly observed that the key to winning a Test match is picking 20 wickets and the Indian bowlers were able to that. It was the batting that didn’t fire for India. The Prince of Kolkata believes that India should persist with the same combination of fielding five bowlers.
Sourav added, “There has been a lot of talk about the combination. India did the right thing by going in with five bowlers. As much as scoring runs is important in a bid to win Test matches, getting wickets is also key. The reason why we were thinking of an Indian win at some point is that the bowlers got 20 wickets and that will continue to be an important criterion over the next two Tests”.
There would always be a talk about players who didn’t play when you lose.
Thr former skipper added that Hardik Pandya did a fine job when the chips were down as India were tottering at 92 for 7. Ganguly added that there is always a talk about players who didn’t play when you go on to lose the match.
“Hardik Pandya came good with the bat and India should persist with him. The problem lies with the overall batting performance, and this has to be fixed soon. There will be a lot of talk about players who were not in the playing eleven. That’s always the case when you lose,” Ganguly added.
The Indian team has their backs against the wall after the losing the first Test. There would be some selection headaches for the team for the second match which is going to kick start from tomorrow at Centurion.