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Don't think Ajinkya Rahane's form is a concern, says Sourav Ganguly

The former captain is impressed with the current India bowling attack but wants to wait till he watches them in action on the upcoming South Africa tour.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 18, 2017 17:39 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane's wretched form will not be a big concern for the South Africa-bound Indian team, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly. Rahane has scored only 17 runs in five innings against Sri Lanka at home but his record outside sub-continent makes him a vital cog in the wheel. " No, I don't think Ajinkya Rahane's form is a concern as he is a quality player. Virat Kohli, Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have all been to South Africa. The best thing is that they are going back to South Africa as better players," Ganguly told PTI during an interaction on the sidelines of Ranji Trophy semi-final between Bengal and Delhi. 

The former captain is impressed with current bowling attack but wants to wait till he watches them in action. 

"We will find out if this is the best bowling attack or not. They have got pace for sure. Umesh has pace, Bhuvneshwar is in good form, so let's wait," he said. 

While conditions will determine the playing XI in Cape Town on January 5, Ganguly is not averse to trying out Hardik Pandya at No 6, something a lot of experts are sceptical considering his technique in bouncy conditions is not well documented. 

"You will not realise till you give Hardik a chance. Depends on how you want to go about it," said one of India's shrewdest captain. 

"Rohit Sharma did well in the two chances that he got. If it's a flat track, maybe we should have that extra fast bowler in the XI but if it's a green top, we should definitely have an extra batsman," he opined. 

Ganguly, who is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), picked Shikhar Dhawan as his choice as the opening partner of Murali Vijay. 

"Shikhar Dhawan has been in such great form and Murali Vijay has also played well against Sri Lanka," he said. 

While India have the talent to do well, winning a series will be easier said than done. 

"India are a good team but it won't be easy that much I can tell you. If the batsmen put up runs on the board, this attack can get wickets," he concluded.

(With PTI Inputs)

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