India will go back to the winning ways in 2nd T20I: Sourav Ganguly

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 12 February 2016

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that India will be back to their best in the second T20I. India suffered a defeat against a rookie Sri Lankan team by 5 wickets in the first T20I at Pune on Tuesday.

Ganguly told Sports Today on Thursday, “India will go unchanged tomorrow. It was just one of those defeats (in Pune). I think they were just surprised by Sri Lanka on that pitch. India will be back to their best tomorrow. I don’t think there’s anything to panic for India and I don’t see them experimenting in Ranchi. Hopefully, they will go back to winning ways tomorrow.” 

Earlier, Ganguly said to Sports Today on India’s defeat, “The Indians were caught by surprise. They didn’t expect such a green top in Pune. The Sri Lankans got help from the grassy turf. It’s was just a one-off day. India will come back and probably win the series. Let’s not look at it too much. The batsmen have been in splendid form.  It’s just a T20 game.”  

India will face Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I of three-match T20I series at Ranchi on Friday. This is a must-win game for India to stay alive in this series.

On the other hand, Indian cricket team director Ravi Shastri said that the ground fielding will not be easy in Ranchi. He said on Thursday, “They have to adapt. They have to get their bodies behind the ball. Ground fielding in Ranchi won’t be easy. We have to make sure we avoid misfields. It could happen tomorrow but the lesser the better.”

While Ganguly suggests Indian team should not make any changes in the 2nd T20I, Shastri gave a hint to make few changes in the playing XI. Shastri said, “We will see how it goes. The ideal scenario would be to give everyone a chance but we have to see how the conditions are and what the state of the series is.”

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