Birmingham: Former captain Sourav Ganguly has urged Indian batsmen Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane to bat with more determination and advised skipper Virat Kohli to not chop and change the playing XI after defeat in the first Test against England.
India lost the series-opener by 31 runs as the Indian batsmen, with the exception of Kohli, failed to tackle the English attack. Opener Vijay (20, 6) and middle-order batsman Rahane (15, 2) contributed 43 runs together in their two innings at Edgbaston.
Ganguly, in his instagram post, wrote, “If you’ve to win a Test then everyone has to score runs. This was the first Test in a 5 match series & I think this team has the capability to come back & play well. #AjinkyaRahane & #MuraliVijay will have to show some determination since they have scored runs in these conditions before. I don’t think the captain is responsible for the loss. If you’re the captain then you’ll be criticised for a loss the same way as you’re congratulated for a win.”
The former India captain also warned against making wholesale changes in the wake of the defeat.
(With agency inputs)