Birmingham, Aug 13: A former Indian captain who knows a thing or two about commanding his team into effecting a victorious turnaround in Tests, has slammed the present Team India by observing the side is the worst he's seen in a decade.
The visiting Indian side has exuded much demoralisation in the Test series against England so far. The batting has been ordinary, the bowling toothless and with such deplorable aspects of their game, they have not only come off two thumping victories but are facing another monumental defeat.
"The worst day was Thursday (second day of the match where India could take only three wickets for 372 runs from 90 overs). I have not seen an Indian team like this in the last 10 years," one of India's most successful captains told the BBC in an interview.
The Indian team in their defence has pointed to fatigue and a disinterest in cricket from over-scheduling and a grueling IPL. But Ganguly turns one's attention to an erroneous schedule of preparation for such a high-profile series as this.
"You cannot just turn up and win Test series against good sides," said the cricketer-turned-commentator. "I've felt that when we guys from the subcontinent went to England, Australia or South Africa we needed two warm-up games (India had just the one practice match before this series). And look at England in Australia a few months ago: they had three proper warm-up games and had other guys out there as well on standby," he added.
Already looking forward to a challenging Test series against Australia later this year, Ganguly said that the main contingent of Indian batsman would remain the same but would have to up their game. "We have a tour of Australia this winter and really need to take the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman there.
"This is the first series we have done poorly, home or away, for the last seven or eight years. It is just one of those series that haven't gone well for India."
Ganguly, however, admitted that it was disappointing that players of the standard of Tendulkar has looked so ordinary on this tour.
"But, yes, it is disappointing because I can tell you that, as Indians, we really look forward to this tour. People like Dravid and Tendulkar take a lot of pride in performing over here.
"Test cricket matters to us. Indian people still want their team to be No 1 in Test cricket. The World Cup is special for any country. But Test cricket is the format of the game," he insisted.