Time and again, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has insisted playing on good pitches rather than square turners will help Virat Kohli-led India perform well in the overseas condition and there’s absolutely no doubt he would be very pleased with their performance in the Vizag Test. Going against the recent trend of preparing rank turners, hosts made a pitch, where a team had to work really hard to get a result in their favour. After setting a mammoth target of 405, Kohli’s men had to toil for over 50 overs for their first wicket which was a clear indication that the pitch had no demons. But Ravichandran Ashwin and co. bowled brilliantly on the final day of the Test to dismiss England for only 158 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Ganguly, who is one of the most successful Indian captains, believes playing such games is only going to make India a better team.
“This is how we are going to become a better team and win Test matches in India – the hard way,” said Ganguly. “Not the old fashioned way of square turners, rank turners and you finish the Test match in three days.”
The 44-year-old insisted the hard-fought win will not only benefit the team but will also make Virat Kohli stronger.
“This is going to make the team (India) stronger. This is going to make Virat Kohli stronger,” he said.
When asked whether England will be able to pose a good challenge in the remaining matches, Ganguly said “The next three Test matches, I’m sure once the wickets are good, it’s going to be entertaining because England will fight hard. And I guarantee you, by the end of five Test matches; India will be a very good side.”
The next and third match of the series will start on November 26 at Mohali.