‘We didn’t do well, but don’t worry about 2-3 defeats’: Sourav Ganguly for T20 World Cup


India lost four wickets to Australia on Tuesday in the first T20I of the series, giving the team another “reality check” before the start of the highly anticipated World T20, which kicks off next month.

The loss came after India’s humiliating exit from the most recent Asian Cup, which marked a serious setback for their preparations for the main T20 tournament. Their entry into the continental tournament was cut short after being defeated by Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their first two “Super 4” games; each of those teams advanced to the final with two wins each.

There are still five T20I games to go before the team leaves for Australia. Rohit urged his players to push themselves and learn new aspects of their skills. However, the team faces a difficult task as their poor performance at the T20 World Cup in the UAE last year contributed to the drought of the ICC title.

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However, Sourav Ganguly, the current BCCI president and former captain of India, agreed that not performing well in key matches is a cause for concern. However, he offered his support to captain Rohit, who took over as captain of all sizes from Virat Kohli earlier this year. Ganguly emphasized Rohit’s leadership qualities and expressed confidence in him and head coach Rahul Dravid.

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“The last two to three games have been losses to India. However, India has a fantastic chart. See Rohit Sharma’s performance chart when he was captain. He did quite well. His success rate is 82 percent. He had led his team close” I don’t worry. After speaking with the team, they hope to return soon,” said Sourav Ganguly.

“The team will leave for two to three weeks (before the T20 World Cup in Australia), given time to acclimatize and play friendlies,” he added.

Ganguly also praised Kohli for his outstanding performance in the Asian Cup, scoring 276 points in five games. The leading hitter overcame an extended dry spell, knocking out two half-centuries in a row before hitting an unbeaten 122 from 61 balls for his 71st international century. After a 1,019 day hiatus, he reached the three-digit milestone, which was a T20I record for him.

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“Virat Kohli is an important part of India’s team at the World Cup. But India has to play well. Everyone has to play well, starting with Kohli, Rohit, Pandya and so on. It’s very good news that Virat is back in shape. I hope keep it going,” Ganguly said.

The second T20I between India and Australia will be played on Friday at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur.



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