Indian team looks like it could win in any condition in the shorter format: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly mentioned the wickets to be batting-friendly and helpful for the spinners.
Published - Jul 10, 2018 3:20 pm | Updated - Jul 10, 2018 3:39 pm
The Indian team has gotten off to a riveting start to their campaign in the United Kingdom (UK). After thrashing Ireland, they went on to win their maiden T20I series in England by 2-1. The Men in Blue started with a victory at the Old Trafford in Manchester, but the Brits came back at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to draw level in the series.
However, Virat Kohli and his troops brushed aside the hosts at the County Ground in Bristol to emerge victorious. Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian skipper, is delighted by India’s resounding performance in the T20I series and believes that they will benefit from their stupendous form in the ODI series, which starts on July 12 in Nottingham, as well.
Indian team is a force to reckon with
“India have got off to the start they wanted on their England tour, winning the T20 series with authority. Even in the match they lost, they fought hard till the last over. This confidence and momentum will surely be carried into the ODI series.
The way this Indian team is shaping up in the shorter version, even England will have to raise their game in order to stop Virat and his boys. This team looks like it could win in any condition in the shorter format of the game,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India (TOI).
In England, the weather conditions are mostly on the cooler side. Ganguly who has travelled quite a few times to the British Isles reckons that this time around the atmosphere is similar to India. Moreover, he mentioned the wickets to be batting-friendly and helpful for the spinners as well.
“I have been travelling to England every year for the last 20-22 years and have not seen a summer like this. It is very, very hot and the typical moist English condition is a far cry from what it usually is. It is more like playing in India. The wickets are hard and batting friendly: the spinners are sure to enjoy bowling on these tracks,” he iterated.
In the T20I series, the likes of Kuldeep Yadav put the skids under the English batsmen with his bag of tricks. The home team was compelled to use a special bowling-machine. Ganguly also feels that Eoin Morgan and Co will have their difficulties in facing Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal.
“The challenge for England this series will be to handle the Indian spinners and this will be the decisive factor. England in England is always a strong opposition but this Indian team is a force to reckon with,” the former cricketer added.