Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has backed Indian players after their poor show at Pune in the first Test against Australia. As India lost their first Test by a heavy margin of 333 runs, former players started criticising Indian players for not putting up a fight at Pune as they bundled out for 105 and 107 in first and second innings respectively.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli who had been in brilliant form of late scoring four double centuries in four consecutive Test series. Kohli has been phenomenal with the bat in recent times. But, he got out for his first duck in home conditions trying to chase a wide of off stump delivery which eventually took an edge and went straight into Wade’s hands. In second innings too he got out early when he could not judge Steve O’Keefe’s arm ball. Instead of defending that with a straight bat, Kohli shouldered his arms and let that one go straight into the wickets.
In second innings too he got out early when he could not judge Steve O’Keefe’s arm ball. Instead of defending that with a straight bat, Kohli shouldered his arms and let that one go straight into the wickets.
Ganguly backs Kohli after Pune debacle, he told a leading news publishing website, “Kohli is human and he had to fail one day. He failed in both innings in Pune. I think he played a little bit of a loose shot in the first innings outside the off stump but the Australians bowled him there,”
He also gave his take on Sachin Tendulkar-Virat Kohli debate, he said, “To watch those four back-to-back Test match hundreds against Australia in Australia (was surreal). I have not seen even Sachin Tendulkar do that.”