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Self-belief has been the key for India's turnaround
Sourav Ganguly
October 19, 2011
First Published: 23:50 IST(19/10/2011)
Last Updated: 23:56 IST(19/10/2011)

India go to Mohali brimming with confidence and looking to finish off the series there. The second ODI was a game completely dominated by one team. What amazes me most is how can there be such a dramatic change in the performance of two teams in such a short period!

I can understand India playing well at home, but why are England playing so poorly in good batting conditions? They're getting out to seam bowling after having dominated it in seaming conditions in England.

Indian seam bowling has been top draw in both the games. It amazes me how could the seamers have bowled so poorly in England where the conditions were suitable. It just shows how important mental approach and confidence are. So, the lesson is, whenever they go overseas, they should produce that mental belief that 'we can do it'.

One man who is not short on confidence is Virat Kohli. He scored a brilliant hundred in the last match of the series at Cardiff and scored another at Delhi. What stood out in Virat's knock was his positive batting under pressure.

This is another example of not looking at the scoreboard and playing on the merit of the ball. His shot making on both sides of the wicket was exemplary. This man has already turned into a match-winner in the shorter format, and with an extended run, can stamp his authority in Tests as well.

Task cut out

England need to take a cue from Indian batting, which has converted good starts into big scores. The likes of Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Pietersen and Bopara have got starts but have not carried on. Also, Indian bowlers have chipped in with wickets at all stages of the game, but for England, once the new ball loses its shine, Indian batsmen have dominated.

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(Sourav Ganguly is former India captain and a cricket commentator)


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