Considering the current scenario where even the finest players regarded as nothing short of the “best” are struggling in away Test series, former India captain Sourav Ganguly shared his thoughts in an interview with Zee media
New Delhi: After having suffered a tough loss in the five-Test series in England recently, India emerged victorious against the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot last week.
In Dubai, Pakistan came very close to winning the first Test in Dubai on Thursday. Australia, through Usman Khawaja and captain Tim Paine’s dogged resistance, managed a great escape with eight wickets down, on the final day.
Considering the current scenario where even the finest players regarded as nothing short of the “best” are struggling in away Test series, former India captain Sourav Ganguly shared his thoughts in an interview with Zee media.
Ganguly said, “The problem lies in the lack of quality in today's cricketers which is making them struggle in the series. Team’s think tank will have to sit and find out the solution to the problem. Even the coach is expected to take responsibility, because as a coach, his role is to keep the team on track on and off the field.”
As is established, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is now regarded as one of the best batsmen at present, scoring in all conditions.
But the idea of comparing him to Tendulkar is not something Ganguly seems to be in favour of. He acknowledged Kohli's excellence as a player but considers Tendulkar to be a different phenomenon altogether. Comparing these two cricketers belonging to two different times is unfair for Ganguly.
Also, after his superb Test debut against the West Indies, young Prithvi Shaw is being compared to Virender Sehwag and other greats of the past. However, Ganguly felt it was too early to talk about the Mumbai opener as longevity mattered.
“You will come across many such names who have scored a century in debut Test. But very few have gone on to play 100 Tests. Prithvi has showcased his talent, true, but now he will have to prove his longevity, “ opined Ganguly, who too had scored a century on Test debut.
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Last Updated Oct 12, 2018, 10:50 AM IST