By virtue of Indian cricket team’s massive 8 wicket victory win at Mohali, the hosts have taken a 2-0 lead in the 5 match series. And with two more tests to go, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has predicted that India will beat England 4-0.
In a free-wheeling chat with India Today, Ganguly talked about many things regarding the ongoing series and the current squad of India. He also compared Virat Kohli’s leadership skills with some other Indian captains of the past such as MS Dhoni and Sunil Gavaskar.
Kohli has gotten off to a superb start to his Test captaincy with 12 victories and only 2 losses from 20 games. Interestingly, Dhoni held the exact same record as captain from his first 20 games.
Ganguly said, “Cricket has changed since the times of Gavaskar because there were more drawn Test matches then and there are more result-oriented games now. You see around the world, Test matches finish in four days. Kohli has played a lot of Test matches at home which is easier. From that point of view, he has had little bit of advantage over Gavaskar and MS Dhoni.”
Upon beginning the series as favourites, the hosts were greeted by a completely flat pitch in Rajkot which England took advantage of and emerged with a draw. But, the Indians bounced back by surging to comprehensive victories in both Vizag and Mohali. Ganguly continued, “India will not look back – they are 2-0 up and are on their way to probably 4-0. They are going to put pressure on England in the next two Test matches as well.”
The fourth of the five Tests will begin at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 8th and from thereon the India caravan will move to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the last Test on the 16th.of December. The two teams will then play an ODI series as well.
Going by the strong looks of the Indian team at present, Ganguly’s prediction is likely to come true.
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