Perth, Jan.14: Former captain Sourav Ganguly feels India’s poor form in the series against Australia is continuing, and believes that both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke read the WACA pitch wrongly.
“I feel both the captains read the pitch wrongly. There is still a lot of grass cover and they expected the ball to do a lot more than it did. That both captains picked four fast bowlers was a perfect example of what they felt about the pitch,” said Ganguly.
“I was surprised with India’s decision to field four quicks and I honestly felt Pragyan Ojha would have been a good choice. The Australians have not played left-arm spin well over the years and India should have had the variation in its attack,” he adds.
Ganguly is of the view that India’s senior batters, including Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who have tons of runs against their names, are struggling despite the WACA pitch being an ideal batting surface.
“It is a terrific batting surface here – probably the best in the series. For the Indian batting, the worries continue. It’s really hard for me to find a reason why such a talented batting line-up keeps getting bowled out cheaply. It’s been another soft performance against pace and if the knives are out now, well they have to blame themselves,” said Ganguly.
“They have looked completely out of sorts and it’s hard to fathom what needs to be done to get that confidence back,” he concludes. (ANI)