Sourav Ganguly to Virat Kohli: Don’t just play well but win in Australia!

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After months of patience, the fans will finally see the Indian cricket team in action coming December, as Virat Kohli and the company will fly to Down Under for a four match Test series. While their last red ball face off in 2018-19 ended with an easy victory for India, the current squad is much stronger, and will be a much harder challenge for the visitors. After months of no cricket fixtures, it will be a tough job for Kohli, but the skipper has the confident support from none other than Sourav Ganguly, who urges the team to be victorious!

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Two years back, the Men in Blue took on a Warner and Smith less team, and the series ended with a comfortable 2-1 victory. However, the current Aussie squad will provide a tougher challenge, as former captain Sourav Ganguly opens up.

“It’s going to be a tough series. It’s not going to be what it was in 2018 when they went,” Ganguly spoke to Boria Majumdar on ‘India Today Inspiration’, “it’s going to be a strong Australia but our team is as good. We have the batting, we have the bowling.”

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With the presence of Steve Smith and Pat Cummins, the two pillars of the Australian squad are both the ICC no. 1 test batsman and bowler respectively, it will be no walk in the park for the Men in Blue.

However, Dada is highly optimistic on his compatriots. “Absolutely (hopeful of the team). We just got to bat better. You know the best teams overseas, they bat well,” he continued emphasising on a huge score to be the path to victory, “When we were so successful away from home, in England, in Australia and in Pakistan, we were getting 400, 500 and 600 in Test matches.”

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Ganguly also touched on his conversation with Kohli, whom he referred to as ‘chief’, along with huge appreciation for Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.

The BCCI president went on, “I have said that to Virat also. I said ‘chief’, I have tremendous regard for him, tremendous regard for Rohit Sharma and Bumrah as well.”

“I said ‘because you’re Virat Kohli, your standards are high. When you walk to play, when you walk with your team, I, watching on TV, don’t expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win,” the 48 year old concluded.

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