India Have Always Won Matches Batting First Like Leeds In 2002 Or South Africa In 2018: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly has the answer to what India preferably would want to do if they win the toss in the crucial final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand. Former India captain and present BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly suggested that India should bat first even if the conditions are overcast because that has worked well for the team on overseas tours. Sourav Ganguly: India Have Always Won Matches Batting First Like Leeds In 2002 Or South Africa In 2018 As India gear up to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Sourav Ganguly is hopeful

India Have Always Won Matches Batting First Like Leeds In 2002 Or South Africa In 2018: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly has the answer to what India preferably would want to do if they win the toss in the crucial final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand.

Former India captain and present BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly suggested that India should bat first even if the conditions are overcast because that has worked well for the team on overseas tours.

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Sourav Ganguly: India Have Always Won Matches Batting First Like Leeds In 2002 Or South Africa In 2018

As India gear up to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Sourav Ganguly is hopeful that Virat Kohli & Co. will bring the Test Mace home. At the same time, he also suggested that it won’t be an easy task, given the quality and depth of the Black Caps.

While speaking to India Today, Ganguly said, “If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances (save 2021 Australia), we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about a choice whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings.”

 Sourav Ganguly said that the role of openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be crucial for India in England (AFP Photo)
Sourav Ganguly said that the role of openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be crucial for India in England (AFP Photo)

“Look at Leeds in 2002 or 2018 South Africa, we batted first in bowling friendly conditions, soaked in the initial pressure, put runs on the board and that’s how we won those games. Even Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh’s Australian teams rarely fielded even in seaming conditions. Maybe occasionally when the wicket used to be damp,” said Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly, who had a staggering average of 65.35 from 9 Tests in England, also said that India’s fortunes will depend a lot on how India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill perform in the upcoming Tests.

Sourav Ganguly: Opening Is A Very Important Aspect When India Tours Abroad So The England Tour Will Be Crucial For Openers Rohit Sharma And Shubman Gill

Sourav Ganguly further opined that it will be a big responsibility for openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill who would be required to blunt the new ball attack of New Zealand in the WTC Final and then England in the subsequent 5 match Test series.

“Opening becomes a very important aspect when you tour abroad. When we toured Australia, England, and Pakistan, we played well because we had openers like Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra, who used to play out the new ball and make it old. When your middle-order batsmen come out to bat at 30 for 2 then it becomes really difficult for a side to compete,” Sourav Ganguly said.

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill | Photo Credit: AP
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill | Photo Credit: AP
“This tour, therefore, will be very crucial for openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Not just the WTC Final but also the 5 Tests against England. They will have to play out the new ball and put a price on their wickets.
“If they are able to do that then they will be able to set the game for the batsmen coming after them like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and India’s best batsman on current form Rishabh Pant,” he added.
New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at .
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has amassed 1030 runs in 11 Tests averaging 64.37 in the WTC cycle of 2019-21. Another opener Shubman Gill has played only 7 Tests managing 378 runs averaging 34.36 with 3 fifties.
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Shafali Verma continues to build her reputation as the next big thing in Indian cricket with scintillating innings on the Test debut. The 17-year-old smashed 96 runs in the ongoing Ine-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start. Shafali Verma belted 13 fours and two sixes during her 152-ball stay and her attempt to reach three figures with a big hit proved her downfall. She skied one from Kate Cross to hand an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole but not before having added 167 runs with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana. Shefali Verma’s Dismissal Resulted In

Shafali Verma, 17, Scores Gritty 96 On Her Test Debut Against England In Bristol

Shafali Verma continues to build her reputation as the next big thing in Indian cricket with scintillating innings on the Test debut. The 17-year-old smashed 96 runs in the ongoing Ine-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start.

Shafali Verma belted 13 fours and two sixes during her 152-ball stay and her attempt to reach three figures with a big hit proved her downfall. She skied one from Kate Cross to hand an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole but not before having added 167 runs with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana.

India’s Shafali Verma fell four runs of a century against England in the one-off Test in Bristol. – REUTERS

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However, her dismissal resulted in a mini-collapse with the tourists reduced to 187/5 at the close of play. Earlier, England had declared their first innings at 396/9 with captain Heather Knight making 95  while Sophia Dunkley (74*) and Tammy Beaumont (66) also making significant contributions.

Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record StandEngland Women vs India Women: England took five late wickets to finish the day in the driving seat after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana put up India's record opening partnership in Tests.ANIUpdated: June 18, 2021 12:41 AM ISTRead Time: 2 min Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record Stand Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter
Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter

While the chance at hitting three figures in debut innings must have left the youngster slightly disappointed but she has promised more is to come.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words of support and for your wishes. It would not be possible to respond to each message individually. I am proud to be a part of this team and such wonderfully supportive teammates and support staff,” Shafali posted on her Twitter handle soon after the end of the second day’s play.

In another tweet, she added, “I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and academy will miss those 4+ runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions. They have all been a huge support!”

India will hope to recover from the mini-collapse when they resume batting on Day 3, still trailing England by 209 runs. India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scripted a stunning opening stand but five quick wickets in the final hour of play brought England back in the game on Thursday.

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The visitors went to stumps at 187/5 with Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma unbeaten on four and zero respectively. India was right on track to register a mammoth total but England struck late to snatch the driver’s seat as the visitors lost four wickets in the last half an hour. Punam Raut, skipper Mithali Raj, and Shikha Pandey all went cheaply as India wobbled at the end before the close of day’s play.

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Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma script highest 1st wicket partnership for India against England in Test | Photo Credit: AP

Earlier, England resumed their innings from 269/6 but suffered an early jolt as Jhulan Goswami dismisses Katherine Brunt in the 94th over. Meanwhile, Sophia Dunkley hit a fifty on Test debut as England scored their highest total against India Women.

In the third session, and Shafali Verma continued their fine form and first brought up the 100-run stand and then registered India Women’s highest opening stand in Tests. The duo passed the 153-run partnership between Gargi Banerji and Sandhya Agarwal against Australia in Mumbai in 1984.

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