Kolkata: "They don't have the batsmen to play spinners and spinners to take wickets here." This was former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's reaction after Australia's meek surrender in Mohali on Monday that gave India a record hat-trick of Test wins against the men from Down Under.
India beat Australia by six wickets in the third Test in Mohali to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-Test series, and Ganguly was clearly not impressed the way Michael Clarke & Co gave an account of themselves. "I don't want to rate the side but having seen the Aussies since 1996, I think this team is the worst-performing on Indian soil," Ganguly was quoted as saying by a regional news channel on Sunday.
Ganguly refused to take lack of indiscipline as the excuse for Australia's spineless performance so far and said it's down to skill to succeed in international cricket. "No matter how disciplined you are, skill is most important to be successful. Australia lack skill on this tour. I read somewhere about John Buchanan lauding the decision [to sack four players for not submitting a report to the team coach Mickey Arthur]. Just unbelievable, what can I say!"
Australia captain Michael Clarke expressing his disappointment during the Mohali Test. (BCCI)
The Bengal icon also said that he won't be surprised to see India winning in three days if they bat first. "Remember that Clarke won the toss on all three occasions. I won't be surprised to see India win inside three days if the Aussies were made to bat second," he said.
Ganguly also said that England are favourites to win the upcoming Ashes. "They [England] have been doing well. I won't be surprised [if] England win 3-0 in the five-match series."