Sourav Ganguly : India’s team combination should not be tinkered with

Sourav Ganguly : India’s team combination should not be tinkered with

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Sourav Ganguly has asserted that Team India should not to tinker with its team combination as they face South Africa at Centurion, tomorrow. The former skipper also predicted that the remaining matches of the series was bear results as well and as such India should stick to the same set of players.

India suffered a first Test defeat, in 10 matches, at the hands of South Africa in the first Test in Newlands. India who were 71/3  at one stage while chasing a target of 208 runs suffered a batting collapse and ended up scoring just 82 runs for the loss of the final 7 wickets.

“The great part about the surface was that even on the fourth day the bowlers were in the game. I have played on the Newland pitch and at some stage of the game, the conditions always got better for batting. This, however, was not the case in the first Test,” Ganguly wrote in his column for TOI.

Most of the Indian batsmen managed to get a good start to their innings but faltered while adjusting to the extra swing that the pitch showed on the Day 4 of the Test match. The 45-year-old who had scored four 50+ scores at the Wanderers and a century in Leeds cricket ground said, “I have played on similar sorts of pitches in the past, at Headingley or the Wanderers, and though India finished on the winning side then, the bowlers were always in the game. To be honest, this was a tough pitch for Indian batsmen as it was the first Test of the series and the boys were still getting used to the conditions.”

India has been preparing for the next Test match to be played at The Centurion starting tomorrow and the team combination that the visitors will go with remains unclear. Many believe that playing Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in place of Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane cost India the match, many others believe that India should play the same team in Pretoria.

“Virat Kohli should not worry about such things. Although KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have a good history of scoring runs away from the sub-continent and have better records as batsmen, India can’t just chop-and-change in every game. They have shown faith in the current batting and that should continue to the next Test as well. They still have two more Tests to play and I feel all the matches will produce results,” Ganguly added.

“There has been a lot of talk about the combination. India did the right thing by going in with five bowlers. As much as scoring runs is important in a bid to win Test matches, getting wickets is also key. The reason why we were thinking of an Indian win at some point is that the bowlers got 20 wickets and that will continue to be an important criteria over the next two Tests.

"Hardik Pandya came good with the bat and India should persist with him. The problem lies with the overall batting performance, and this has to be fixed soon. There will be a lot of talk about players who were not in the playing eleven. That’s always the case when you lose."

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