India’s upcoming tour to Australia for the 4-match Test Series will start from December. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated that he expects Captain Virat Kohli to win this series.
This time the things look different as the former skipper and vice-captain i.e Steve Smith and David Warner are returning to the rival camp and team Australia has managed to figure out their strengths and weaknesses.
“I have said that to Virat also,” Ganguly told India Today in an interview. “I said, ‘because you’re Virat Kohli, your standards are high. When you walk to play, when you walk with your team, I, watching on TV, don’t expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win.”
“So for me, that is what it is. Because you have set the standards. It’s not anybody else. So you have to live up to the standards’,” Ganguly further added.
Ganguly is in touch with Kohli and speaking about the team fitness.
“I have been in touch with him [Kohli], telling him, ‘you have got to stay fit.’ You haven’t played cricket for six months, you don’t want your fast bowlers to come back and get injured. They have been training, [but] training and playing cricket is different,” Ganguly said.
“It’s going to be a tough series,” he said. “It’s not going to be what it was in 2018 when they went. It’s going to be a strong Australia but our team is as good. We have the batting, we have the bowling.” He further added.
Emphasizing on the fact that the team needs to bat better at times. He also reminded that when ever India won outside home, it was due to quality batting performances as well.
“Absolutely [hopeful of the team]. We just got to bat better. You know the best teams overseas, they bat well. When we were so successful away from home, in England, in Australia, and in Pakistan, we were getting 400, 500, and 600 in Test matches,” Ganguly concluded.