Preparation will be key to India`s success against Oz: Ganguly

Kolkata: Whitewashed in the just-concluded tour of England, the Indian cricket team will have a chance to redeem itself with a good show in the four-Test series in Australia later this year, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.

Ganguly, India`s most successful Test skipper, said that after the disastrous away series against England, the team`s preparation would be under scrutiny in the tour Down Under.

"For me, it`s not the upcoming home series against England or the West Indies. It`s the four-Test series tour of Australia which I am looking forward to," he said.

"India have to do well there. Our 11 years of preparation to perform well at overseas venues will go down if we don`t do well there (Australia)," Ganguly said at a promotional event here today.

Ganguly`s statement came close on the heels of India`s disastrous England tour, where they lost the Test series 0-4 to meekly surrender their numero uno Test status to the Andrew Strauss-led home team.

The reigning One-Day International world champions did no better in the shorter versions of the game as they failed to win a single match in the rain-marred five-match ODI series.

Ganguly also emphasised on the need to prepare well before any away series and hailed the BCCI to make arrangements for three warm-up games before their tour opener in Australia.

"The preparation is very important to do well in an overseas tour. It`s good that BCCI has arranged for two-three warm-up games before the actual series which starts in Melbourne," the left-handed batsman said.

Ganguly, however, seemed confident about India`s chances in the upcoming ODI series and one-off T20 match against England at home.

"The condition here is different. India in India are a terrific side. Unless they play really bad cricket, I don`t
see them lose the series," he said.

The newly-elected chairman of BCCI`s technical committee, Ganguly further said that the controversial Decision Review System needed to be fine tuned before being implemented fully. Citing examples of Rahul Dravid`s dubious dismissals by `Hot Spot` technology in England and one Tillakaratne Dilshan`s delivery against Australian opener Phil Hughes, Ganguly said, "I completely support BCCI`s stand on DRS.”

"It`s not yet foolproof. There are a lot of issues attached to it. We need to upgrade the technology. We are aware that no technology is 100 per cent correct, but we have to make sure it`s 90-95 per cent correct."

Dravid was controversially given out through the `Hot Spot` image system on at least three occasions leading to big debates over DRS.

In the Sri Lanka-Australia series, Hughes was adjudged leg before wicket in the second innings off the bowling of Lankan captain while attempting a sweep.

Hawk-Eye showed that the ball would have hit the stumps but replays suggested that the ball was turning sharply and would have probably missed the stumps completely.

Ganguly, who succeeded Sunil Gavaskar in BCCI`s technical committee, said: "It`s a great honour. It`s a job we all have to do together to take the game forward. Hopefully, we all will work together to take cricket and cricketers forward."