Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said he has not seen an Indian team like this in the last 10 years.
“I agree with the criticism, and let us accept we were very ordinary. The worst day was Thursday. I have not seen an Indian team like this in the last 10 years,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly believes that it was the lack of preparation which has resulted in India’s poor performance in the series.
India played only one practice match before the start of the series.
“You cannot just turn up and win Test series against good sides,” said Ganguly.
“I’ve felt that when we guys from the subcontinent went to England, Australia or South Africa we needed two warm-up games. And look at England in Australia a few months ago: they had three proper warm-up games and had other guys out there as well on standby,” he added.
Ganguly said this was the first series in a long time, where India had done so poorly.
“This is the first series we have done poorly, home or away, for the last seven or eight years. It is just one of those series that haven`t gone well for India.”
“But, yes, it is disappointing because I can tell you that, as Indians, we really look forward to this tour. People like Dravid and Tendulkar take a lot of pride in performing over here.”
“Test cricket matters to us. Indian people still want their team to be No 1 in Test cricket. The World Cup is special for any country. But Test cricket is the format of the game,” he insisted.
Ganguly said the new coach Duncan Fletcher might be having tough time looking after the Indian stars but once India start winning he will have a great time.
“These are very mature boys. And I guarantee you, Duncan Fletcher will have a good time looking after them. He’s had a tough time so far this series. But I bet once they start winning he will have a great time because they are well behaved, professional people,” Ganguly said.