Playing freely is key to Shikhar Dhawan’s success says Sourav Ganguly

Shashi / 08 March 2015

The former hailed Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, believes that the reason behind Shikhar’s Dhawan current midas touch with the willow lies in his ability to play at ease and in his aggressive comfort zone which was direly missed in the recent Australian series. Ganguly stressed on the need of letting him play according to himself, which he believes is the key behind the moustache-man’s fabulous batting record in the ODI format.

When you are not subjected to the same pace attack in every successive match, unlike the previous series where Johnson & Starc haunted most of the Indian batters for over three months or so, you see every match as a new incentive to perform and you face it with rejuvenated vigor & fresher energy, added Ganguly. When it comes to the ICC tournaments, India is always a team to look forward to, feels the 42 year old former skipper.

Ganguly also pointed out the fact that in a tournament like the World Cup, you don’t have to play a single team like Australia regularly on their home grounds during the course of the tournament & that’s why the Indian team was bound to do well in this challenge. And like the millions of the rest, Ganguly also open heartedly lauded the exceptional efforts of the Indian bowling unit and gave them the deserved credit for 4 straight on the trot wins so far in this World Cup.

Ganguly also emphasized on the brilliance of Mohit Sharma and duly praised him for his outstanding display throughout. The current Indian bowling unit is a formidable package and the other nations must be absolutely wary of it, said Ganguly who had steered the Indian team to the finals of the 2003 World Cup.

The Indian side is a drastically better bowling unit in the ODI’s as compared to their test match endeavors as the shorter format doesn’t demand the bowler to undergo long tiring spells, which Ganguly concludes, is the key factor in performing well in the longer format. He also believes that Jadeja’s role as a second specialist spinner in the side is crucial as he expects the team to cruise through the knockout stages and play the Cup deciding round



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