Just keep quiet and play the game: Sourav Ganguly

  • Just keep quiet and play the game: Sourav Ganguly

Just keep quiet and play the game: Sourav Ganguly

The Indian cricket team were unhappy with practice facilities at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground and coach Anil Kumble along with skipper Virat Kohli expressed displeasure with the local authorities. The Indian batsmen remained focussed despite the rain breaks with Rohit Sharma (91 off 119), Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65), Kohli (81 not out off 68) and Yuvraj (53 off 32) rising to the occasion in a game reduced to 48 overs a side. Kohli did not refrain from praising his bowlers as well but feels that the fielding needs to be worked upon.

Wahab Riaz did not bat after he twisted his ankle bowling his ninth over - after conceding 82 runs- amd it must have come of some relief for fans that they would not see him complete his overs.

The pressure started building on the bowlers and fielders and, as a result, they dropped Yuvraj and Kohli in the process, which cost them hugely in the death overs.

The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8. He then hustled the Pakistan batsmen with his short deliveries, claiming two wickets for 43 runs from his eight overs. All in all, it was a comprehensive victory for India and it proved just why they are the defending champions and are one of the contenders for winning the Champions Trophy.

"The Indian team's record this past season has been excellent; and even if the players garner the bulk of the credit, surely the head coach and his support staff also get some", Guha wrote. "Had we known India would stoop so low, we would've played Ehsanullah Ehsan ahead of Imad Wasim".

Sharma's innings was ended after he responded to Kohli's call for a single.

Besides Umesh, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets apeice, while Bhuvneshwar provided the first breakthrough.

"I've had the privilege of working with so many good captains in my time and Saffy (Sarfraz Ahmed) is right up there".

Apart from the top order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya's cameo (20 runs in six balls) was also useful.

After a 45-minute hiatus, the Virat-Rohit partnership soon ended in the latter's run-out - and he missed a well-deserved ton.

"I don't think that should be taken too seriously because these discussions are healthy for the team".

'The worrying thing for me is we did the basics wrong. "Therefore, increasing Team 2's target score compensates Team 1 for the denial of some of the overs they thought they would get to bat". Initially, the openers gave us a great start as well. "You just have to go and back yourself, and tell the opposition that you're here to attack", he said. It is that period of my time where I would like to spend more time at home and I am lucky enough to be involved with cricket which I love through the IPL and Big Bash.

"They are just snapping at the heals of the top four and it is going to take performances from (Kane) Williamson (or) (Ross) Taylor and they can easily qualify into that semifinal and then it would be just two games".