Sourav Ganguly: 2018 Australia Team Was Not The Best Australian Team Of This Generation
Virat Kohli-led Indian team created history at the beginning of this year after winning India’s first-ever Test series in Australia. However, the former Indian captain and present BCCI President Sourav Ganguly feels that India will face tougher Australian challenge in the next season (2020/21) when they will again tour in that country.
Every Indian cricketer always has an extreme dream to win a Test series in Australia. But before the 2018/19 season, the Indian cricketers failed to fulfil this dream. But finally, in the 2018/19 season, Virat Kohli and his boys became successful in reaching that goal when they won the four-match Test series in Australia by the 2-1 margin.
That historic series ran between 6th December 2018 and 7th January 2019. India started that series with a 31-run victory in the Adelaide Test. While the hosts Australia won the second Test at Perth by 146 runs, India regained their lead in that series by winning the third Test at Melbourne by 137 runs. The fourth Test of the series had the draw result, and India finally won that four-match Test series by the 2-1 margin.
Appreciating India’s effort in that Test series, Sourav Ganguly wants to see India’s Test series win in their next South Africa and England tours. Ganguly also believes that the 2018/19 season’s Australian team wasn’t the strongest Aussie Test side in this generation as Steven Smith and David Warner were missing in that series due to the respective suspensions. The BCCI President feels that the Indian team will face the different and tougher Australian home Test side when they will tour Australia next summer (2020/21).
Ganguly told India Today, “They beat Australia in 2018. But I will still expect to win in South Africa and England. And I think, they are going back to Australia next year. That’s going to be a bigger challenge and I am sure with the standards that Virat sets for himself and the others, he will know at the back of his mind that the 2018 Australia team was not the best Australian team of this generation. And what he is going to face next year, which is not very far away, is going to be a different Australia.
“The full-strength Australia are a strong Australia. They (India) have the team to beat them. They will just have to believe and get everything right to beat them. That’s what I am looking for.”
2003 in Australia against that Australia, we were outstanding – Sourav Ganguly
Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, India were very close to winning the Test series in Australia in 2003/04 season, but ultimately that four-match Test series had the draw result by 1-1. While Ganguly called their fight was outstanding, he also believes that the present Indian Test team has the potential to beat the strongest Australian team in Australia.
Ganguly added, “When I became a captain, one of our aims was to compete with the best. And I remember, 2003 in Australia against that Australia, we were outstanding. And this team has the potential to do it. They have proper fast bowlers, they have spinners, they have a champion in Virat Kohli as a batsman.”
Cricket Australia (CA) is eagerly looking to organise at least one day/night Test during India’s tour of Australia in 2020/21 season.
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