AUS v IND 2018-19: Ganguly expects India & Virat Kohli to bounce back in Melbourne

The second T20I starts on Wednesday, November 23, with India 1-0 down in the three-match series.

Although they very narrowly missed out, the visitors will bemoan some of their decision making on the field | Getty

After losing the first T20I at Brisbane by a narrow margin, the visitors may be slightly disappointed with some of their decision making in the field and failing to provide a finishing kick to the run-chase. But former skipper Saurav Ganguly believes there is no genuine cause for worry and the Virat Kohli led side must feel confident of levelling the series in the next game.

"India played good cricket," Sourav said in an interview with India TV, "It was the first match of the series and you also have to consider the fact that they didn’t even play a practice match. Dhawan batted really well."

"But when you chase such a big target, there’s always pressure on your batsmen. The series is wide open and India have a chance to make it 2-1. I am happy with India’s performance," he affirmed.

Although he didn't eventually complete the task, Shikhar Dhawan batted outstanding well at the Gabba and stroked one of his best innings in the shortest format of the game. The affable left-hander's 42-ball 76 was glittered with ten fours and two sixes, as he, along with Dinesh Karthik(30 off 13), kept India within close proximity of the required run-rate.

"It was probably one of Dhawan’s best T20I knocks. The way he was hitting the ball, he seemed to be in a different zone," Ganguly felt, "I hope he continues to play well in the next matches as I feel India have a chance to come back in the series."

Finally, "Dada" also talked about a rare poor outing for Virat Kohli, whom, he feels, should just forget about it and look to return with a bang at the MCG. The Captain failed with his tactics, dropped an important catch and then followed it up with a 4 off 8 in the run-chase at no.4.

“Virat will take a little time to get used to T20 cricket as he hasn’t played this format for some time. But he is a quality player and will perform well in the next match,” Ganguly concluded.

The second T20I kickstarts on Wednesday, November 23.


By Kashish Chadha - 23 Nov, 2018

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