The two stalwarts of Indian cricket are once again at loggerheads as former skipper Sourav Ganguly has questioned the role of Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar on consistent batting failures in overseas conditions.
England defeated India in the fourth Test at Southampton to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match Test series. Chasing a modest target of 245 to win on the fourth day, the Indian team’s batting unit once again failed to deliver the knockout punch and collapsed like nine pins. Result – the visitors slumped to a 60-run defeat at Ageas Bowl.
Following India’s another disappointing loss, former captain Sourav Ganguly has slammed the visitors for another dismal show with the bat in the ongoing tour of England.
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Ganguly also questioned the role of head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who have failed to inspire the team’s confidence in crunch moments. The former India opener added that both Shastri and Bangar should be held accountable for India’s performances in overseas conditions.
“Regarding Ravi Shastri, he has to be held accountable for the results along with Sanjay Bangar regarding why only one batsman is performing whereas others seem to have taken backward steps. Unless these questions are answered an overseas series win in the three countries looks impossible for India,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.
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After the Indian batting failed to chase down a target of 245 in the fourth Test, Ganguly said that the Indian batting has taken backward steps as they are not able to chase down moderate scores.
“This batting lineup hasn’t been making runs for a long time now. If you look at India’s overseas performances from 2011 until now, they have lost every big series. When Virat Kohli is at the crease it seems that he is playing against totally different bowlers as compared to when the other batsmen are batting. I believe that the batting ability of the current players has gone down,” Ganguly further added.