India looked ordinary and under-prepared, says Ganguly

Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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India looked ordinary: Ganguly

London, Aug 3: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that India's disastrous showing in the first two Tests against England was due to lack of preparation and hoped that the visitors can turn the tables around in the remaining two matches of the series.

Ganguly, who captained India to more Test wins (21) than any other skipper, said playing just one practice game ahead of the high-profile Test series was not the ideal preparation for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

"I am a firm believer that every time you tour you need at least two warm-up games, and they absolutely could have played an extra game," he said.

"They have been very ordinary. I expected a lot more from this team, especially they way they performed here in 2002 and 2007," Ganguly told BBC Sport.

After the 196-run defeat in the series opener at Lord's, India suffered a massive 319-run loss in the second Test at Trent Bridge, to go 0-2 down in the four-match series.

Ganguly, who played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India between 1992 and 2008, also came hard on the visitors famed batting line up, which failed to put up a decent score in the any of the four innings so far.

"There are two Test matches to go and hopefully they can turn it around. I believe they can. But they need to be determined, bat better and put their bodies on the line," he said.


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