24 September, 2020

"We Can Only Get Better From Here"

Skipper Saurav Ganguly spoke to Ashish Shukla after the historic win at Lord's. Excerpts:

"We Can Only Get Better From Here"
What's been the turning point for India?
The squaring of the series against England at home. It made us realise we needed to bat deep. We spent a lot of time trying to work out the combinations, seeing how best we can balance the team.

Do you think this is the World Cup team?
Six months is a lifetime in a cricketer's career. I'd rather not put pressure by straightaway suggesting India is a Cup favourite. But we haven't lost a series this year. That is comforting. The boys are settling in nicely in their positions. But a lot still needs to be done. Hopefully, we will only get better.

Was it difficult to convince Tendulkar and Dravid to adapt to their new roles?
Not really. All of us have outstanding records but we realise we need to win for these records to stand out. I'd been stressing that we needed a wicketkeeper who can bat. We don't have an Adam Gilchrist or a Mark Boucher. If a batsman can do it, nothing like it, so it came down to Rahul. With Tendulkar coming in the middle, we could offset any early stutter or if an innings...


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