Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has raised questions over current Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy following the draw against West Indies in the second Test at Jamaica. After taking a lead of 304 in the first innings, India were in a commanding position when they reduced the hosts to 48 for 4 in the second innings and were looking all set to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series but an inspired batting display helped the home team to make a great comeback and draw the match.
As reported by Indiatoday, Ganguly said, that Kohli should have used Ashwin early on in the morning.
“Ashwin has been the main bowler for India. He has been among the wickets and scored a lot of runs. The wicket in the morning was a bit fresh. So, probably Ashwin could have started with the proceedings in the morning,” Ganguly opined.
The former skipper also advised Kohli to use fast bowler Umesh Yadav as a wicket-taking bowler. Ganguly also heaped lavish praise on West Indies batsmen.
“I think Kohli needs to use Umesh a lot better. I think he is a far better bowler than that. He only bowled 12 overs. I know when you play with five bowlers, one of them gets slightly under-bowled. But I think he has got to use Umesh as a wicket-taking bowler. He has got a lot of ability. But all said and done, more than the Indians, you have to give credit to the likes of Blackwood, Chase, Dowrich, and Holder. They showed a lot of guts, a lot of fight, they were exceptional,” he added.
Commenting on the team combination for the next Test, Ganguly said: “I don’t see any changes in the Indian team. They will go with the same side in the third Test. They are playing at St. Lucia and I think that will be a result-oriented wicket. Kohli just has to use the bowlers a bit better. Ashwin has been exceptional, Mishra has been a bit unlucky. The fast bowlers have bowled well. Kohli needs to use Umesh as an attacking bowler.”
The third Test of the four-match series will be played at Gros Islet (St. Lucia) from August 9.