Sourav Ganguly advises Virat Kohli and Co to forget off-field matters and focus on cricket

first_imgThe victory at Eden Gardens was one of the sweetest for India as it secured the series win and the number 1 ranking in Test cricket at the cost of Pakistan. However former cricketer Nikhil Chopra believes the greater challenge lies ahead as the team is now going to be ‘hunted’.”When you become no.1 side in the world that means you are going to be hunted, you are the most wanted team around the world. The big question is can this team go to Australia, New Zealand, England and do well? If they get results in the next 11 Test matches then this team’s confidence is going to be sky high. No one or two players can make you no.1, it is a united collective team effort and I feel this team in terms of batting, in terms of bowling they have the arsenal to go out and be competitive in overseas conditions and also win Test matches abroad. For any team to be competitive around the world you need a settled side and this is a settled side,” Nikhil told India Today.Skipper Virat Kohli had made it his mission to reclaim the top spot early in his captaincy stint and he needs no reminder on how difficult the task is. “I mentioned this earlier, rankings are something that are just an incentive for what you do on the field. I didn’t even know how many points difference we had to get to No 1. We just want to win every game we play, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean that we take the foot off the pedal in Indore. We don’t drop intensity there, we don’t drop our character, our vision is to win a Test match for the country”, Virat had said after the win at Eden. (Also read: India dethrone Pakistan, reclaim top spot in Test rankings)advertisementVirat’s focus has drawn praise from Sourav Ganguly. “He knows that this no.1 spot is not a fool-proof one. He needs to win in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England to be the No.1 side and he is looking forward to that and I think that is the right way to go. You got to be honest to yourself and you got to be honest to the Team and see how the team is progressing and I think that is the right way. Whether you are one or two you should not be bothered because that is only going to put pressure on yourself. You have just got to concentrate on your game and try and be better in that because that is the easiest way out,” said the former Indian captain.Despite BCCI President Anurag Thakur raising doubts over the India-NZ series after their face-off with the Lodha Panel over bank accounts, Indore is gearing up to host the final Test of the series. “We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations,” MPCA’s honorary secretary, Milind Kanmadikar, told PTI from Indore. (Also read: MPCA to carry on preparations for the third Test amidst cancellation reports)Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly also believes that the team should just focus on their cricket. “This has got nothing to do with them and don’t think they should be worried about it. The team gets picked completely on merit, it is a very good side and played outstanding cricket at Eden Gardens. It was not a typical subcontinent pitch where the ball has spun from Day 1, it had enough help for the fast bowlers. The New Zealand pacers got help on this surface and India came out on top on that surface. I think this win is a lot more creditable and I think this will give a lot of confidence to the team when they go abroad”, said Dada (Also read: Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)Interestingly, while Indore is ready to host the final Test, the ODI series is scheduled to begin in the home association of the BCCI President Anurag Thakur. So will the President of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association roll out the red carpet for Team India & the Kiwis on October 16th in Dharamsala remains to be seen.last_img

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