India and England are fighting it out in the first test of the gruelling five-match test series at Hyderabad. The match is hung in balance with India needing a stiff target of 231 runs in their 2nd innings on a deteriorating slow pitch of Hyderabad.
England were languishing behind in the match by conceding an almost 200 run-lead in the first innings but they made an astonishing comeback in the match on the back of a sensational innings of 196 runs by Ollie Pope.
But despite England’s astonishing comeback, India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly has backed India to win the series convincingly by either 4-0 or 5-0. Ganguly also stated that you cannot win against India by making 250 as England got bundled out for 246 runs in the 1st innings.
Sourav Ganguly said, “India will win the series, the matter is whether they will win it 4-0 or 5-0. Every Test will be decisive. England could have won this Test match had they batted well. One cannot win against India by making 230 or 240 runs on Indian soil. Had they made 350 or 400, they could have beaten India, but they weren't able to do that. It's a tough series for England. Any team other than the Australia of that era could not create any impact here.”
Sourav Ganguly on India’s T20 World Cup chances
Sourav Ganguly also had his say on India’s chances in the 2024 T20 World Cup which is slated to happen in the Caribbean and the US in June this year. He believes that India has a good team for the World Cup and have the capability to lift the trophy this year which they missed last year.
Sourav Ganguly stated, “India have a good chance in the T20 World Cup. Recently, India played in the World Cup final, and it was miserable that they lost against Australia. I didn't expect that after playing in a very good manner throughout the tournament they will lose, but it happens in sports.’
He further added, "India is a very good side. There will be another opportunity for India as the conditions in the West Indies and America are like India. The IPL will serve as a preparation for the World Cup."