Sourav Ganguly believes that a few Team India cricketers can return to their fighting best if they can avail a short trip back home ahead of the World Cup. Defeated, bruised and sorrowfully out of form, Team India hardly looks like defending champions ahead of the World Cup. In a must win match against England in the ongoing tri-nation series at Perth on Friday, the batsmen again failed miserably with only 200 to show for their efforts. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels it is high time they packed their bags and rushed home to rejuvenate before the next crucial match.
The Indians have not tasted a single win against Australia who had won the Test series 2-0. Indians have continued their poor form in the ODIs as well. India has failed against England in the first encounter and conceded the contest by nine wickets. Total fatigue is written all over the faces and Ganguly had already said that not making it to the tri-series final would be a blessing in disguise.
Ganguly expressed his feelings and said “What this team needs is rest. It has been a long tour and it’s time they meet their families before competing in the all-important World Cup. If it were up to me, I would fly some of them back home.”
Ganguly also pointed out and appreciates how Australians have performed in recent contests and says playing at home – near friends and families – have always been an added advantage. Ganguly narrating the difference further said on Star sports “See, the reason I won’t compare someone like (Steve) Smith and (Virat) Kohli is because while Smith goes home to his girlfriend after each match, Kohli has to go from hotel to hotel. The players need their families to come out hard in the World Cup.”
Ganguly also feels that form really isn’t subject to batting number, especially in the case of Kohli and opined “It does not matter whether he (Kohli) bats at No. 3 or 4. It was for all to see today. It is form and sheer application which will help him at the end of the day.”
Like many other experts, Ganguly, believes that it is vital for Kohli to regain his form before the World Cup and he also thinks that a quick trip back home may just do the trick. Justifying this he added “I don’t care about the warm-ups. I just want the team to be ready to give it their all when February 15 comes and Pakistan stand on the opposite end of the field at Adelaide. Kohli and rest of the team already know what to expect at Adelaide.”
Although the suggestion offered by Ganguly seems to be appropriate but essentially it is the killing instinct and the fighting spirit that matters the most.