We can’t expect Kohli to score four centuries on every tour: Sourav Ganguly
He said it is humanly impossible even for the class of Virat Kohli to keep scoring hundreds on every tour.
Updated - Jan 7, 2019 2:06 pm
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly raised concerns on India’s batting as they are taking on Australia in the blockbuster test series which started on 6th of December at Adelaide. 2018 has been a mixed bag for Indian cricket team so far as they had colossal success in ODIs and T20Is but their campaign in Test cricket has only flattered to deceive. This has to be attributed to the fact that India’s frontline batsmen, barring the supersonic Virat Kohli, have faltered time and again this year which India’s former No.6 in Test cricket isn’t very happy about.
Despite the series wins against the likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka, the two great missed opportunities in South Africa and England still hurt the fans of Indian cricket. The Kolkata-born elegant southpaw, who has the reputation of having lead India to historic Test match victories overseas, also made few suggestions to Kohli and company for them to be able to succeed in the ongoing Test series against Australia and, in general, away from home.
Need 400 runs in the 1st innings
Ganguly stated that things could get really tough for India if their batting doesn’t perform its task to a tee. He added that a big first innings score is a sine qua non to win Test matches outside Asia. Dada, as popularly known, said: “I always believe that outside the subcontinent unless you don’t score above 400 in the first innings you can’t win the game.”
Talking about Virat, one of India’s finest left-handed batsmen said that the 30-year-old should be ably assisted by other batsmen in the lineup. As it is humanly impossible even for the class of Virat Kohli to keep scoring hundreds on every tour. “We can’t expect Kohli to score four centuries on every tour,” said Ganguly.
He also said that the tour could leverage Kohli’s chances of becoming one of the greatest captains in the history of Indian cricket.
The Indian team is in a strong position at Adelaide after two days and will want to bowl Australia out early and then post a total the hosts cannot chase.
~Written by Harikrishnan Sivakumar