England have to bat out of their skin to save Vizag Test: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli put India in the driver’s seat at the end of day three and Sourav Ganguly feels the hosts are the favourites unless and until England bat out of their skin to save the Vizag Test. (Vizag Test: Ashwin, Kohli put India in command) Ashwin returned with figures of 5-67, his 22nd five-wicket haul in Tests while Kohli remained unbeaten on 56 to give India a healthy lead of 298 runs. India had a jittery start to their second innings with Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara falling cheaply, but Kohli steadied things by scoring a fluent half-century, his 13th in Tests. Earlier, England were bowled out for 255 and conceding a lead of 200 runs with Kohli not enforcing the follow-on.Ganguly speaking to India Today also supported Kohli’s decision and said India wouldn’t like to bat fourth on this pitch.”There is so much time left in this game. What happens if you keep playing on this wicket it gets worse tomorrow and India would not want to bat fourth on this pitch. Its a good decision unless and until the lead was about 300, get to about 400 by lunch tomorrow and India have five sessions to bowl. There is only one winner in this game and that is India unless and until England bat exceptionally they don’t have a chance to save this Test,” Ganguly said.The former India captain feels England have to really bat out of their skin to save the Test match, or else the Kohli-led team looks the favourite.advertisement”India should look batting till lunch or half-an-hour after lunch and still they have 150 overs to bowl. But in the second innings 150 overs is fine, its a waning wicket. England will have to bat out of their skin and Virat’s decision was perfectly fine by not enforcing the follow-on. India should win this Test the way Ashwin and other bowlers have bowled,” Ganguly also said. (Taking five wickets was not on my mind: Ashwin)Ganguly also lauded Ashwin’s ability for contributing consistently both with the bat and the ball.”Ashwin has become a terrific cricketer, he contributes with the bat when India were under pressure and now the five wickets. You expect him to pick five wickets in these conditions with the ball turning. But to contribute with the bat and with the ball so consistently speaks volume about his ability,” Ganguly added.last_img

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