England Vs India: Sourav Ganguly Believes Visitors Push Hosts on the Backfoot

England Vs India 2018: Sourav Ganguly Believes Visitors Push Hosts on the Backfoot

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Sourav Ganguly believes England would be under pressure. Credits: Getty

The former skipper of India, Sourav Ganguly lavishes praise on Team India after the visitors managed a great comeback in Trent Bridge Test match against England.

After being down by 2-0, India made a superb comeback in Nottingham and wrapped the Test by 203 runs.

Unlike the first two Test matches, it was a team effort from Indian camp. The Indian team reduced the deficit of England by 2-1 after the third Test win.

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Sourav Ganguly praises Indian cricket team for a superb comeback in Trent Bridge Test. (PC – Getty Images)

The former skipper of India,  Ganguly feels that Men in Blue will be mentally strong because they defeated the Three Lions at Trent Bridge. The venue is a stronghold from English point of view considering the amount of win percentage.

In his column for Times of India, Ganguly lauded Indian team.

“India, with Kohli leading the way, has stepped away from the edge of a series loss and they will be buoyant but at the same time shouldn’t over do it,” Ganguly maintained.

Ganguly feels that not only India outclassed England in all departments, but they put them under some pressure.

“India staged a forceful and decisive comeback at Trent Bridge which has opened up the series and the pressure is fully back on England. It was India’s mindset which stood out as they confronted England and caught [Joe] Root and company unaware,” he observed.

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Indian Test team simply outclassed England in all departments. (credits – BCCI)

Sourav Ganguly on a win of India in Trent Bridge Test against England:

Coincidentally, England won the toss on all three occasions. The southpaw feels that the loss of toss proved the blessing in disguise for Kohli and his men. He thinks that batting first worked for Men in Blue in Nottingham Test.

“It was a blessing for India that they lost the toss [Trent Bridge] and England put them in and Virat Kohli should keep this in mind. Twice during the series, I felt he came with a mindset to field first,” the 46-year-old added.

Also, Ganguly praised Jasprit Bumrah for his fantastic performance in a comeback game. Indian pace battery managed to take 19 Test wickets in Trent Bridge Test.

“Trent Bridge was supposed to have been a happy hunting ground for Anderson and Broad, but it was the other way around. The way Bumrah, [Hardik] Pandya and Ishant [Sharma] bowled, it was indeed a treat for the connoisseurs of fast bowling. The length was outstanding as they pitched the ball up all the time. Bumrah is such a great addition to the side, continuing to show that if you can bring the ball back into the right-hander, you will always be a threat,” he wrote.

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