Don’t know how India lost that game: Sourav Ganguly on India’s defeat to England in Edgbaston Test

Sourav Ganguly celebrated his 50th birthday on 8 July. The BCCI president was quizzed on varied topics, one of which was India’s recent loss to England in the Edgbaston Test match.

Sourav Ganguly watches a game. (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sourav Ganguly is currently celebrating birthday in United Kingdom
  • Ganguly was asked about India’s loss against England in the fifth Test match
  • India began their white-ball campaign with a win against Jos Buttler’s England

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly could not figure out why India lost their Test match against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Playing the rearranged Test match, India dominated the proceedings for the first three days but England managed to break shackles and take the attack to them in the final two days.

The comeback was started by a belligerent Jonny Bairstow counter-attack in the first innings of the England batting, where he managed to reduce the deficit for England to keep the hosts in the game. England built on from there and managed to push back India with some brilliant bit of bowling, before chasing a mammoth target of 378 down in the final innings of the game.

“In some ways, it was a freak game,” he added. He even likened it to the recent Edgbaston Test. “Yeah, absolutely. I don’t know how India lost that game,” the BCCI president told Hindustan Times.

Ganguly reminisced his time as the India captain and relieved the Chappell saga, but he did not agree that it was a mistake.

In an interview with The Telegraph India, Ganguly said, “This is an after-thought. When you appoint someone, you appoint someone. Then if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. That’s the way life is. So I don’t consider it a mistake.”

He also touched upon India’s history Test match win at the Eden Gardens where India defeated Australia with a historic partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman

“That win changed Indian cricket. It changed the team. It gave the team confidence that we could win anywhere and everywhere. I think that was the turning point for our team,” Ganguly told Hindustan Times.

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