Former India Captain Captain Sourav Ganguly has advised the current Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni not to lose sleep over the massive loss to West Indies in the first ODI at Kochi. Ganguly has termed this home defeat as “One-Off” and has added that India are still the favourites in the five match ODI series. He also criticized skipper MS Dhoni’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss.
Ganguly in an interview to a cricket website told that India should not lose sleep over the Kochi loss and Mahendra Singh Dhoni needed to quickly get back on his feet, play good cricket and win. There are four more matches to be played and India have to pull up their socks before the things get worse.
“West Indies have surprised me with their cricket. They had two bad warm-up games but were a different team in Kochi. In conditions like Kochi where it gets to 45-46 degrees and the humidity is almost 100%, fielding 50 overs first can be very tough on any team, irrespective of how fit you are and West Indies were lucky to be batting first.” He also added that Dhoni misjudged the moisture factor, like how he himself did during the all-important 2003 World Cup Finals against Australia at Jo’Burg.
“It surely rained overnight but in Kochi and Colombo the moisture don’t last forever. After the first 10 overs, the wicket was a batting beauty. It’s fine in England to win the toss and field first but on flat tracks in India, batting first helps and Dhoni should know that.” he explained.
He also felt that R Ashwin‘s absence has weakened the spin department which mounted pressure on Amit Mishra. He also expects the leg-spinner to bowl better if India have to win the remaining matches. He also warned the Indian not to count out West Indies as early in the series. “If they bat well throughout the series, West Indies will compete hard,” he said.