Sourav Ganguly has advised Indian batsmen to maintain belief in themselves as the No.1 Test side struggle to prevent a whitewash after losing the three-match Test series with a match left. He has also backed Virat Kohli’s leadership quality, stating others to be patient with him and give time.
Despite all the excitement of India's emerging bowling firepower, it was actually their strong batting prowess that actually made everyone believe that India could overturn the history in South Africa. However, India’s batting order has been terrible in the series, primarily responsible for both their losses in the series that eventually forced India to concede the series with a game to spare. However, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has asked the players to believe in themselves.
“The Indian bowlers have been in superb form this series. They have picked 20 wickets in both the Tests and it is important for the batters to stand up and put runs on the board. There is enormous talent in this batting unit, they have done it before and I find no reason why they can't do it again. They will need to believe in themselves, need to fight for every run as a batting unit,” Ganguly wrote in his column for TOI
“The question for India will be whether to play five bowlers or four. If the pitch remains green till the start then they can go in with four bowlers and should pick that extra batter. If not, they must continue with the five bowlers," wrote Ganguly.
2017 turned out to be a terrific year for the Indian team who performed brilliantly in all formats of the game under Kohli’s captaincy. The team also equalled Australia’s record of winning nine Test series in a row and it was widely expected that the blue brigade will create history by winning the 10th Test series before Faf du Plessis & Co. ruined their hopes.
So far, Virat Kohli has led the Indian cricket team in 34 Tests, winning 20 games with 58.82 winning percentage. However, losing two Test games on the trot was enough for others to question his capability. Ganguly has appealed the critics to give some time to him.
"Nobody really is a born leader and it is important that leaders are allowed to develop and grow. I am convinced Kohli will keep getting better at this. It is very important that as a leader you keep performing - that is the biggest challenge and this is where Kolhi has done remarkably well."