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World Cup 2015: Sourav Ganguly’s advice to Team India

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In an interview to Times of India, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly spoke about India’s chances in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

1) Don’t write India off on the basis of their poor show in Tests

Sourav Ganguly said it would be unfair to asses India’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, on the basis of their poor performance in the Test series against Australia.

“Writing off India on the basis of their below-par show in Tests and the tri-series would be a knee-jerk reaction,” Ganguly told to Times of India. “It does not do justice to the team. I think our boys will prove a lot of people wrong in the coming days. I expect them to make the semifinals. Thereafter, it is a question of having two good matches.

“I expect them to rise to the occasion. A lot will depend on captain Dhoni. His form with the bat and his leadership will be the key for India. The team needs Dhoni to have a very good World Cup,” Sourav Ganguly said.

2) Australia are very tough to beat at home. India are now used to the conditions and the boys will do well

Sourav Ganguly said Australia are a very difficult side to beat at home and India will put up a good show in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Ganguly also said India are now used to the conditions and this will be a big advantage for the men in blue.

“I think we are a much better side in limited-overs cricket and our record in the World Cup is good. We have enough depth in the squad, and having spent over two months in Australia, our boys are now quite used to the conditions. Like India, Australians have always been very tough to beat in home conditions. Let us not forget that India will not be playing only against Australia in the World Cup,” Ganguly said. 

3) The curious case of No. 7 spot

Sourav Ganguly said he expects Stuart Binny ti play most of the matches and bat at No. 7 for India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

“I think there is still some uncertainty about the No. 7 spot. I expect Stuart Binny to play most of the matches as the third pacer. Then there is Ravindra Jadeja. I also expect R Ashwin to play a significant role at some stage,” Ganguly said. 

4) What are your picks for the semifinals?

India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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You can read the full interview here

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