While speaking in between the post-match analysis with Harsha Bhogle and ex-England spinner Graeme Swann, the former India skipper Sourav Ganguly highlighted how India needed to give KL Rahul a consistent run of matches batting at number 4.
When asked who his pick would be at number 4, Ganguly said, “Eyes closed, it’s KL Rahul at 4. Your top 4 have to be your best players and you’ve got to persist with them. Go and speak to KL Rahul and say, I’ll give you 15 games. Just go and play.”
In the past three years, India does not have a successful run-chase of over 150 in ODIs if at least one of the top 3 did not score a half century, and Ganguly suggested that India’s overreliance on the top 3 was a problem.
“It’s a big issue, something that India will have to sort out. You have to have quality, England has quality.”
“Dhoni, Raina, Karthik — very good at 5, 6, 7. India need to find a number 4. I think two of your best batsmen are not being looked after properly. I’m not saying it’s deliberate. Maybe it’s a mistake, maybe when you look at things from the other side you look at it differently. But it’s my opinion, from this side of the ground, (either) of those two (KL Rahul or Ajinkya Rahane) have to play at 4 because it’s too much pressure for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” he added.
Ganguly also said that he “didn’t understand” why Umesh Yadav was not selected at Headingley.
Ganguly also unreservedly praised England for their performance in the match and the series, highlighting key decisions that were made by Captain Eoin Morgan.