ENG vs IND 2018: India Needs to Improve if they want to Avoid Whitewash – Sourav Ganguly
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has come down heavily on India saying that they are on the verge of a whitewash if they fail to improve in the upcoming Test against England.
Meanwhile, after a close encounter in Edgbaston, England outplayed India at Lord’s. Following India’s embarrassing loss, Ganguly noted that it will be 5-0 if India fails to improve.
“If they continue to play like this, it’ll be a 5-0 affair (in favour of the hosts),” Sourav Ganguly told IndiaTV.
The Indian batsmen struggled against the English quicks as they managed to post only 237 runs across two innings. Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest scorer for India in both the innings. Disappointed with the loss, Sourav Ganguly noted that Indian batters lacked the determination to fight.
“Technique is one important thing, but you need to have the determination to fight. Murali Vijay has played around 60 Test matches, Shikhar Dhawan also has a good experience but he was dropped after the first Test. This is their fourth or fifth trip outside the subcontinent. A good batsman can adapt to these conditions very quickly,” Ganguly added.
Sourav Ganguly also slammed KL Rahul, who has lost his purple patch in England. He said that batsmen from India need to show intent to score runs in challenging conditions.
Other’s need to score along with Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly
Virat Kohli has assured that even if he doesn’t get fully fit, it won’t be an issue for him to bat in the third Test. Sourav Ganguly agreed with the captain, adding that the other batsmen will also have to score.
“As he said, it’ll be easy for him to bat with a stiff back as compared to fielding because he has got the technique. However, no matter he gets fit or not, other batsmen will have to score runs as well. Virat Kohli is a bonus but others have to perform too. What if he doesn’t get fit, won’t they go out to play?” he added.
In conclusion, Ganguly added that Jasprit’s Bumrah’s inclusion will boost the team from the subcontinent. India will play their third Test against England at Trent Bridge starting from August 18 (Saturday).