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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Ganguly defends Indian team that lost first ODI badly

The next two one-dayers against Australia will be a cracker. This Indian team is strong: Former cricketer and India captain Sourav Ganguly

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly believes that due to “a bad day in the field”, the Indian team had to face a crushing defeat by 10 wickets in the first ODI against Australia and the team had the next two ODIs. The team has the full potential to return, he holds.

Batting first after losing the toss in the first ODI match played between India and Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India were reduced to 255 runs in 49.1 overs. In response, the Australian team, chasing a target of 256 runs, achieved the target with 10 wickets in 37.4 overs.

Sourav Ganguly tweeted, “The next two one-dayers against Australia will be a cracker. This Indian team is a strong team .. just had a bad day in (the) office .. been in this situation before and have come back to win from 2-0 down two seasons ago ..good luck @imVkohli @BCCI @My11Circle

The second ODI between India and Australia will be played on 17 January at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

The third ODI will be played on 19 January at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Australia have a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. If Virat Kohli’s team India has to stay in the series, then they will have to win the second ODI match played in Rajkot. At the same time, the Australian team will win the second ODI and take the series with the intention of making its name.

While former captain and cricketer Ganguly hopes for a swashbuckling return of Team India, former Australia captain Steve Waugh questioned the attitude of captain Virat Kohli after the defeat of the hosts in the Mumbai ODI. Steve Waugh said that Virat Kohli did not respect Australian bowler Adam Jampa and that is why the Indian captain lost his wicket.

Kohli came out to bat at No. 4 in Mumbai ODI and was dismissed after scoring 16 runs. He was caught by leg-spinner Adam Zampa on his own ball. The interesting thing is that Adam Jampa has been dismissed by Virat Kohli not once or twice but four times. Zampa has taken the wicket of Virat Kohli four times in a year, which is a great compliment.

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