Everyone should show maturity to end all speculation
Talking about India at this moment, my suggestion is that all the statements and counter-statements which are coming out at the moment need to stop, writes former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.cricket Updated: Aug 27, 2014 16:52 IST
Talking about India at this moment, my suggestion is that all the statements and counter-statements which are coming out at the moment need to stop.
Yes, the team has not done well and all of us must accept that BCCI has done the right thing in bringing fresh people into the squad.
They say in sport that if you keep playing the same way, you will get the same results and the people concerned have the right to bring freshness into the squad, which honestly has struggled in overseas conditions for a considerable period.
Now the question of authority comes. There have been appointments, rest given to support staff, and the best thing at the moment is to come out with an official statement explaining each other's role in the squad. That will put everything to rest, especially the sources which create a lot of harm to the team.
All of us must remember that it is our India team and we go up or down with it.
So, it demands maturity and hopefully all can show that. As far as the players and captain are concerned, it is time to keep quiet and get on with the game.
They must remember that one win will change everything, the headlines will change, the sources will talk differently and it's important that all energy is directed towards winning because it is the best healer. For me, Team India is capable of doing that.
After a washout in Bristol, the teams move up the M4 to Cardiff, my old county. Wales is a fabulous place, not only beautiful but the people are unbelievably friendly.
It's a beautiful part of South of England and the India boys will be happy to get away from the city life to the brilliant water sides, wharfs as they say here. It is a great opportunity to have the best fish and chips of the country.
It's important on such long trips to take time off from the game and get to the calmness of the countryside as it helps rejuvenate and come back fresh.
Sometimes, such opportunities help to get away from the nets and think about the game which helps to come back as better players.
This is what the Indians need to do at this moment. Lot of things are happening in Indian cricket, too much is being written about and talked about and the players just need to get away from it.
India will be happy to go back to Cardiff. They have great memories there and had an outstanding Champions Trophy last year.
As a team, when you are struggling to get confidence back, good results of the past in that venue help. The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan, especially, will feel a lot better, having played some outstanding knocks there last year.
Another challenge which India will start facing now, especially with the new boys, is the change in weather. It's getting to autumn and rains have come down heavily, and with it the temperature. Although someone like me, who will not have to open for India anymore, will love it, it might just make life a bit difficult for the batsmen.
The woollies are out but at the same time the top order batsmen will need to get the best technique out as well as there will be considerable movement for the seamers, who caused the most damage in the Tests.
It's time the top four grit their teeth and buckled down against seam movement as they are capable of doing that.
First Published: Aug 26, 2014 23:03 IST