Sourav believes that India’s strong link has been his batting. If the team bats well in the first innings itself, then the chances of winning the match increase a lot. But it happens that Indian batsmen are not able to set themselves many times on foreign soil.
When the Indian team comes after winning foreign soil, then the meaning of that victory also becomes different and it is also considered very decisive. Records show that even today India struggles more on foreign soil. There has been improvement in a few years, but still that ease is not visible. Now in Aaj Tak’s E-Salaam Cricket 2021, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has recognized that weakness of the Indian team. He has told why the Indian team struggles so much on the pitch of England.
Ganguly told India’s weak link
Sourav believes that India’s strong link has been his batting. If the team bats well in the first innings itself, then the chances of winning the match increase a lot. But it happens that Indian batsmen are not able to set themselves many times on foreign soil. It is a big challenge to adjust yourself in the conditions there, playing the short ball effectively also becomes a problem. Now all these factors force India to struggle on the pitch of England and Australia. Ganguly believes that if India has to stay firmly in front of New Zealand, then it is necessary to have solid batting.
Big responsibility of openers
Now here also Ganguly has told more responsibility of the openers. In his eyes, even the bottom batsmen will be able to perform only when they are given a great foundation. Now Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have to do the work of laying that foundation. If his bat runs and he plays 15-20 overs in front of the New Zealand attack, then later a batsman like Rishabh Pant can take full advantage of the situation and take the team to the threshold of victory.
India need to score big
Ganguly has insisted that India need to score at least 400 runs in the first innings. If India makes such a big score, then Indian bowlers can trouble New Zealand a lot. By the way, Sunil Gavaskar had also said something similar to what Ganguly is telling. He had said here that it would be necessary to score 350 to 400 runs to win the match. In such a situation, all eyes are now on the India vs New Zealand match going to be held on Thursday when two world class teams will face each other and will fight to win the World Test Championship.