Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly has expressed serious disappointment over India’s pathetic performance so far on tour to Australia.
The Indians are 3-0 down in the series, with the fourth and final contest currently going on at Adelaide.
Team Blue failed to spark in the first innings of the final Test, and a 4-0 whitewash is on the cards.
In reply to Australia’s huge first innings total of 604, the star-studded Indian batting line-up collapsed on 272.
At stumps on Day-3, the hosts were 382 runs ahead, and the stage is set for a mammoth target for India.
Ganguly, who is covering the series as commentator, stated that he does not have any words to describe India’s such a dismal show.
“It has become tough commentating… What do I keep saying on the TV? The mildest word I can use for our performance is disappointing,” said Ganguly.
While a lot of cricket gurus are citing Sachin Tendulkar’s elusive ton as a distraction for the Men in Blue, the former skipper feels that the Master Blaster’s historic ton has nothing to do with team’s performance.
When asked the prime reason behind India’s lacklustre show in Australia, he responded, “As a team, we haven’t played well and that’s the bottom line. We’ll do better if Sachin gets a hundred. We’ve never put enough runs on the board… The failures have
started from the very top of the order.”
While Ganguly was happy to see Ricky Ponting scoring bundle of runs this series, he heaped special praise on Michael Clarke for leading from the front.
Both Ponting and Michael smashed double hundred in the first innings to take Australia to a massive score.
On Ponting fantastic show with the bat, Ganguly shared, “Ricky’s an all-time great and I’ve been happy to see him score… I know he’d been under pressure before the Boxing Day Test, but that’s bound to happen at some stage in your career. It’s part of sport…
Ricky rose to the challenge like any great would…His feet move so well, front and back, and his balance has been so good in this series.”