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South African Batsmen Surprises Sourav Ganguly
By CricShots - Feb 7, 2018 7:00 am
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Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly showered praises for Team India for their brilliant performance in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa. He remarked that the Men in Blue are playing terrific cricket at the moment. One of the few concerns men in blue have had thus far in the ODI series is the form of their opener Rohit Sharma. Ganguly, in his opinion, feels that there is nothing much to worry about him.

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Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan had also come in support of Rohit to come good in the remaining fixtures. As per the quotes in the India Today, Sourav said, “India are looking terrific. Not too worried about Rohit Sharma – he needs to play himself in, he needs to get through the new ball, if he plays well tomorrow, the series is ours.”

Speaking further on the same note, Sourav emphasized on the fact that the Indian team has done very well after having lost the Test series. He reckons that the belief among the players that they can beat South Africa in their own den is something that is pumping up the players.

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Ganguly, also mentioned that unless the South African players figure out a way to play against the Indian wrist spinners, they will continue to struggle. The Indian wristies Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have scalped 13 wickets together in the two ODIs played thus far. Sourav also expressed his amusement at the fact that the Proteas batsmen are failing to read the wrist spinners. 

Speaking of the South African batsmen, former Indian skipper said, “India has done well after the Test series – they believe they can beat South Africa which is important – India played South Africa in Johannesburg when they were full strength. Unless South Africa play cleverly and take the spinners out of the game, they will find it very difficult to come back into the series.”

He further added, “Surprised to hear South Africa can’t pick India’s wrist spinners because they play Tahir in the nets. Don’t see that as an issue. If you look at the shots of Markram and de Kock, they played poor shots to get out. It’s in the head rather than, They need to make some minor changes in the line-up squad.”

Meanwhile, the South African batting coach has asserted that the players will certainly come up with a better show in the matches to follow. He remarked that not a lot of players in the side have played against quality wrist spinners. Hence, it is obviously tough for them to get going against Kuldeep and Chahal.

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