New Delhi: In a different era, and against a very different Australian side, Sourav Ganguly would still have put all his money on the Indian team that he led so well.
But in the current context, Ganguly’s prediction for the outcome of the T20 and ODI series is a no-brainer.
“India, India and only India. If you ask me to pick the winner of the series, India are miles ahead,” the former India captain told MAIL TODAY.
“The only chance Australia have, and mind you I am talking about a small window, is if they bat very well. In fact, they need to bat clever, they need to have wickets in hand in the last 10-odd overs and if they get more than 300, their bowlers can try but if they are 200 for 6 in 35-40 overs and they get bowled out for 250-260, the Indian batting will butcher them."
“India are a very good one- day side now and the way the young players took on responsibility in England, any team would struggle to beat us. And when you are playing at home, the conditions would favour the Indians a lot, especially if pitches are a little dry and help spinners. I don’t talk numbers but if the pitches are dry, the scoreline could well read 5- 2 (ODIs).”
Ganguly advised M.S. Dhoni to bat up the order in the shortest format. “I can understand him batting at No. 6 in ODIs, but in T20s he is someone who will be simply awesome if he could bat in the top four. Rather, I would love to see him open the batting in T20s — he is someone who will crack centuries if he opens,” he feels.
Ganguly will be commentating on the series and will also do expert analysis for AAJ TAK and HEADLINES TODAY from the venues.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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