India will win the series, the matter is whether they will win it 4-0 or 5-0: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, the former BCCI president and Indian skipper, expressed his belief in an Indian victory in the ongoing Test series. He confidently predicted that India would win the series, stating that it is a matter of whether it would be a 4-0 or 5-0 outcome in India’s favor. Ganguly highlighted the importance of batting on Indian soil and suggested that a more significant score from England in their first innings could have changed the series dynamics.

In a thrilling first Test match between England and India in Hyderabad, Ollie Pope showcased brilliance with a remarkable 196 off 278 balls, providing England a lifeline in the game. England concluded their second innings at 420, setting a target of 230 for the Indian team.

“India will win the series, the matter is whether they will win it 4-0 or 5-0. Every Test will be decisive. England could have won this Test match had they batted well. One cannot win against India by making 230 or 240 runs on Indian soil. Had they made 350 or 400, they could have beaten India, but they weren’t able to do that. It’s a tough series for England. Any team other than the Australia of that era could not create any impact here,” Ganguly said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Ganguly also shared his insights on England’s approach, stating that the Bazball strategy won’t be effective in India. Additionally, he expressed the opinion that the spinning wickets in the subcontinent do not align well with Bazball.

There will be another opportunity for India in WC 2024: Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly shifted to the T20 World Cup and predicted India’s strong potential in the upcoming T20 World Cup, despite the recent disappointment of losing in the ODI World Cup final against Australia. He acknowledged India’s prowess and stated that the conditions in the West Indies and America as favourable, expressing confidence that the IPL will serve as valuable preparation for the global tournament.

“India have a good chance in the T20 World Cup. Recently, India played in the World Cup final, and it was miserable that they lost against Australia. I didn’t expect that after playing in a very good manner throughout the tournament they will lose, but it happens in sports,” he said.

“India is a very good side. There will be another opportunity for India as the conditions in the West Indies and America are like India. The IPL will serve as a preparation for the World Cup,” he concluded.