He has his hands full these days with pre-season preparations of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). But Sourav Ganguly is keeping an eye out on the riveting action in the ongoing Ashes series, which will reach its crescendo during the make-or-break Oval Test that begins on August 20.
The former Indian captain, who has fought many a pitched battle against the Aussies, and had famously earned a ‘bad boy’ image from his rivals from Down Under, reckons that the Australians are the favourites to clinch the Ashes at The Oval. The Ashes is set-up for a climax at The Oval after the Australians came from behind to square the series 1-1 with a massive win over hosts England at Leeds.
“They won the last match, and going by the momentum with which they are playing now, I think Australia hold the edge at this point. They have the upper hand and may win in The Oval,” Ganguly told reporters this evening, shortly after a day-long supervisory session with the KKR domestic players at the indoor facility of the Eden Gardens. Ganguly reckons that the return of Andrew Flintoff, as reported, at the Oval Test is good news ahead of the decider.
A five-day fitness assessment and strength training camp of the IPL franchisee’s domestic cricketers got underway yesterday under the watchful eyes of former Team India support staff Andrew Leipus and Adrian Le Roux. Ganguly, who is expected to take over as KKR captain at next year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will be closely following the pre-season camp.