Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has said that Indian cricket team’s performance in the ongoing ODI series against Australia is not surprising at all. Talking with India Today on television, he added that the logic put forward of the Indian bowlers being inexperienced cannot be accepted. He talked about the experience of Indian bowlers, with Ishant Sharma touring Australia way back in 2007-8, Umesh in 2011 and so did Ashwin in 2011. He concluded that all these bowlers have had more than 5 years of International experience after that to understand the conditions and they cannot be called inexperienced.
He added that the problem needs to be sorted out, rather than blaming the experience. Another point which Ganguly pointed out was the selectors giving importance to domestic performances to pick a squad for an overseas series. He gave the example of Ravindra Jadeja, who ran through the lineups this year in the Ranji tournaments and the South Africa Test side, and Ravichandran Ashwin, who has so far struggled to make an impression in the 2 matches he has played in the series so far.
He praised Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane and pointed out that these are the two players who should be considered as a benchmark before selecting a player in the squad. He, however, didnot put the blame on MS Dhoni but did mention that it’s his role to show the direction to the team on how to move forward. Ganguly was very critical of the selectors and the way Ashwin and Jadeja have failed to apply any sort of pressure in the middle overs hasn’t pleased him at all.
Indian team is currently 0-3 down in the series, with the 4th match being currently played between both the sides.