India's ordinary performance frustrates Ganguly

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Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 14:08 [IST]
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Dada disappointed with India's batting

Adelaide, Jan 26: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was frustrated by the absolute surrender of the Indian batsmen at the Adelaide Oval in the fourth and final Test even though the conditions were good for batting which created problems for batsmen low on confidence.

"Another ordinary batting performance from India, and this time on a good batting surface at the Adelaide Oval. The batting unit has struggled throughout the series but this effort must be really worrying to the players," he said.

"One can argue the wickets in the past Test matches had a lot more seam movement and it wasn't easy but this was an absolute belter. It just goes to show that if the confidence is down, even good pitches create problems. This was a perfect example of that," said Ganguly.

Ganguly feels the pitch will deteriorate in the last two days making it even more difficult for Indian batsmen.

"With the forecast of two more hot days, the pitch will further deteriorate and make life harder for the Indian batsmen. A declaration could be expected at lunch tomorrow and the Aussies will have five sessions to get India out on this pitch," he said.

Ganguly said that scoring runs abroad is a great confidence boost for any batsman and praised Virat Kohli's performance scoring his maiden Test Century.

"Kohli was brilliant and he looks like a very good player. The knocks in Perth must have given him a lot of confidence and this could be just the innings he needed to get his Test career going. I have always believed one needs to get runs overseas as a Test batsman.

"Kohli is sort of player who goes on to make big scores once he gets in and this is a good sign for a batsman. He has scored eight ODI hundreds but this one at Adelaide Oval will be cherished by him for a long time. What also makes it special is that he has made the runs as wickets kept falling at regular intervals," Ganguly wrote in his column in 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

The former captain also praised wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha for his gritty knock of 35 and feels he is the best wicket-keeper in India.

"A word of praise for Saha, too. He fought well in his knock with Kohli and has definitely shown the temperament for success at this level. He is by far the best wicketkeeper in the country and, if he can keep performing, opportunities will be coming soon.

"It's never easy to fill places because one never knows when the next opportunity will come, but he has done no harm to his reputation," he said.

Ganguly praised Australian bowlers Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon, and also said the Aussies would not have thought that they would dismiss India for 272 on a batting pitch.

"For Australia, it was a perfect day. I don't think the players themselves would have thought they could go through this Indian batting that easily on this surface, but the bowlers, especially Peter Siddle, were absolutely brilliant. Siddle has a very big heart and to me he is a captain's delight," he said.

Lots of bowlers get wickets in helpful conditions but it's the wickets on flat pitches that are always special and Michael Clarke will keep this in mind about his leading quick," he added.

"I was also impressed by Nathan Lyon. He bowled good areas outside the off-stump, something that Ravichandran Ashwin didn't do much, and he extracted bounce as well. Clarke rightly did not enforce the follow-on, as there is a lot of time left in this Test match."


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