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India must bat first to put pressure on England: Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly felt that even though batting first during the third Test worked in their favour, Kohli should keep an open mind at the toss

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New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli has been compared by many to former captain Sourav Ganguly for wearing his heart on his sleeves. But Ganguly’s greatest gift was his man-management skills.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has praised the Indian cricket team for the manner of their comeback in Trent Bridge as they cut down England’s lead to 1-2 in the ongoing five-Test series.

From managing stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble on one hand to inspiring youngsters like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan to perform to potential, Ganguly was a matured leader.

The former India skipper believes that Kohli too needs to do the same when it comes to senior players like Ajinkya Rahane. After suffering consecutive defeats in the opening two Tests, India have pulled one back and will be aiming to draw level with the fourth Test beginning from today in Southampton.

India have lost the toss on all three occasions in the series so far. Ganguly felt that even though batting first during the third Test worked in their favour, Kohli should keep an open mind at the toss.

Talking of the series evenly poised at 2-1 in favour of England with two games to go Ganguly feels India have a good chance of making a comeback and clinching the five-game series 3-2. But for that, the team management needs to take some tough decisions and put pressure on the home side.

“It was a blessing for India that they lost the toss and England put them in and Virat Kohli should keep this in mind. Twice during the series I felt he came with a mindset to field first,” the 46-year-old added.

The Indian pace battery has been drawing praises from all around. It was their combined effort, led by the returning Jasprit Bumrah, that helped India keep the series alive.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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