Changes inevitable in Indian cricket team: Ganguly

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Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 13:18 [IST]
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Time for changes in Indian team: Ganguly

Adelaide, Jan 29: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly slammed team India after humiliating defeats against Australia, the tourists suffered a 0-4 whitewash in the Test series. Ganguly said its time for changes in the current set-up.

"If the team keeps losing like this, changes are inevitable," Ganguly said after India lost the final Test in Adelaide by 298 runs on Saturday, their eighth successive loss away from home.

Former left-hander feels that the confidence of the side has been low, but advised not to lose heart.

The former captain said there were chances in the series when India could have jumped on the opportunities, and believed those missed chances made a difference.

"If the Indian team had performed better in Melbourne and perhaps have won the match the result of the series could have been different," Ganguly told a news channel.

Ganguly also picked Dhoni for his captaincy, He feels the captain should perform better in order to lead a team.

"Dhoni will have to raise his game to remain captain of the team. If the captain surrenders, the team often falls apart."

Speaking about young pacer Ishant Sharma, Ganguly said, "Ishant will have to learn the art of picking up wickets."

But Ganguly took a dig at coach Duncan Fletcher, stating Fletcher's stint with the Indian team has been awful and the former England coach must prove his credibility in the next six months or else BCCI should look for other options.

Ganguly also said players travelling with their spouses did no harm. "Traveling without wives may be a bigger distraction!," he said on a lighter note.


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