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Sourav Ganguly says India should be measured on performances outside Asia

A rampant Indian cricket team crushed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test in Galle inside four days, but former skipper Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli’s side can only be judged on results outside Asia.

india-vs-sri-lanka-2017 Updated: Jul 30, 2017 19:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli hasn’t been challenged as Indian cricket team’s captain yet.
Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli hasn’t been challenged as Indian cricket team’s captain yet. (HT Photo )

India hammered a struggling Sri Lanka team by a record 304 runs on in the first Test in Galle on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series with a day to spare. Kohli, whose team is currently ranked No 1 in the ICC Test rankings, said after the win that it was a ‘clinical’ performance by India.

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Ganguly told India Today: “India are perfectly balanced with so much firepower in their batting, bowling and fielding. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have a lot to worry about. The last two years they (Team India) have been wonderful, especially away from home. Under Anil (coach Anil Kumble) they won everything in the West Indies and then came the home season. I feel India won’t be challenged in these conditions. Kohli is absolutely right when he said in the post-match ceremony that they have been clinical in their performance.”

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The former India captain is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, which was entrusted with the job of hiring India’s new coach along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman after the exit of Anil Kumble.

Ganguly said Kohli has not been tested yet.

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“Virat hasn’t been tested yet. Sri Lanka is probably not the strongest Test side at the moment. For me, (for) the fans as well as for Virat Kohli himself, the yardstick will be how well his side performs in South Africa, Australia and England.”

Ganguly didn’t read much into Kohli garnering a mere 46 runs in three Tests against in the home series against Australia earlier this year. “I don’t consider it a lean patch as he only struggled in one series. If you look at the Champions Trophy and the one-day series in West Indies, he has been in good touch,” Ganguly said.

India and Sri Lanka will resume rivalry in the second Test starting at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo on August 3.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 16:44 IST