World Cup 2015: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly ‘surprised’ at South Africa’s loss against India

Ganguly said the Proteas have not been outplayed like this in a “long long time” and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side can gain a lot of courage from such a display.

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Impressed by India’s clinical performance against South Africa, former captain Sourav Ganguly said the Proteas have not been outplayed like this in a ‘long long time’ and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side can ‘gain a lot of courage from such a display’.

“I don’t remember South Africa being outplayed like this in a long long time,” Ganguly, who is part of the Star Sports commentary panel, told post India’s 130-run victory.If opener Shikhar Dhawan found form against Pakistan with a gutsy 73, then his 137 at the MCG was a delight to watch. Dhawan’s innings was laced with 16 fours and 2 sixes and Ganguly was all praise for Dhawan.

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“That innings against Pakistan has given Shikhar (Dhawan) just the kind of confidence he desperately needed and he showed great temperament to build on from where he left the other day to score a magnificent hundred,” said Ganguly.

If Dhawan’s seventh ODI ton was the highlight of the Indian innings then Virat Kohli (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) also contributed with useful knocks. Ganguly still feels that the misfiring middle-order should find form. “It is essential for the likes of Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to find some form in the tournament,” said Ganguly.

“Largely Team India has been dependent on Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to score runs but the contribution from India’s middle order will play a crucial part as the tournament progresses,” signed off Ganguly.