At The Oval, India overcame England in the fourth Test match of the five-match Test series in thrilling fashion. Various notable figures in the cricketing world rushed to congratulate India on their courageous efforts as they made history at the venue.
Sourav Ganguly, the President of the BCCI, joined the chorus, claiming that Indian cricket is well ahead of the rest.
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, on the other hand, disagrees with Ganguly, claiming that the New Zealand is at par with Virat Kohli and his teammates.
In June 2021, New Zealand even defeated India in the WTC final. India humiliated England by 157 runs on the final day of the game in London, prompting Ganguly’s comments.
Great show ..The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure..indian cricket is far ahead then the rest @BCCI— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 6, 2021
“Great show. The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure. Indian cricket is far ahead than the rest @BCCI,” Ganguly said after the match.
Nehra Ji disagrees
Nehra went on to say that when numbers are taken into account, New Zealand is slightly ahead. And, according to Nehra, when it comes to Test cricket, both India and New Zealand have been neck and neck in the last couple of years.
“If you go just by the numbers, the New Zealand team has defeated you when you talk about the WTC. Just like it is his thinking, I believe that they are ahead but along with them, when you talk about Test cricket for the last one to one-and-a-half years, the Indian and New Zealand team are neck to neck,” Nehra said on Sony Sports.
However, Nehra added at the end of his remark that India handled the pressure better than the hosts at The Oval, which is why they won the match. In the same Test, Rohit Sharma was named player of the match for his spectacular century in India’s second innings.