- Sourav Ganguly the elected president of BCCI said on Tuesday that he wishes for seeing the Indian team management focusing on winning more ICC tournaments.
- It is not possible to win every time but the team has gone through seven tournaments and not even a single win,” reporters were told by Ganguly.
- The last ICC tournament won by India in 2013 where England was beaten by an Indian team led by MS Dhoni in the final of the 50 over Champions Trophy.
KOLKATA: The former India captain and current elected president of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), Sourav Ganguly said on Tuesday that he wishes for seeing the Indian team management would focus on winning more ICC tournaments and he would also like to address the skipper Virat Kohli in this area.
“I just want them to win more big tournaments. It is not possible to win every time but the team has gone through seven tournaments and not even a single win,” reporters were told by Ganguly at the Eden Gardens after his arrival to the city from Mumbai amid much fanfare.
“They can do much better with this side and they need to prepare mentally in this area. We reached the World Cup semi-finals with our enormous talent but this issue needs to be addressed by Virat and it certainly does not happen in the boardroom,” Sourav Ganguly said.
The last ICC tournament won by India in 2013 where England was beaten by an Indian team led by MS Dhoni in the final of the 50 over Champions Trophy.
While asked about the replacement of 50-over Champions Trophy by back-to-back T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021, Sourav Ganguly answered, “We should respect the changing of time, I was the captain when Champions Trophy came in and that was a huge tournament. But while T20 emerged people showed more interest in T20 games and so the ICC is going by that.”
Ganguly said that his test debut in 1996 is the bigger moment in his life than becoming the president of BCCI.
He also added that “In 1996, I played my first test match for India, this will remain as the biggest day of my life and nothing can beat that.”
In June 1996 on his debut test match against England at Lord’s, Ganguly made a hundred.
He also addressed India test wicketkeeper and spoke about the local boy Wriddhiman Saha and the two brilliant catches taken by him in the ongoing test series with South Africa, in Pune. According to Ganguly, Wriddhiman needs to score runs to continue his position in the team.
“I am extremely happy for Wriddhiman because he is playing for the country and doing very well behind the stumps. But at the same time, my suggestion for him is, he needs to be more active in front of the stumps and score a lot more runs. Though there is no doubt about his wicketkeeping but in order to play 100 test matches a lot more runs will have to be scored by him.”
While speaking to the media at the Kolkata Airport, Ganguly thanked the people for their support and promised that he will do his best and will leave no stones unturned for the betterment of the Indian cricket.
“I hope I will do a good job and justify this great responsibility. The two lives are different, one as a cricketer and second as an administrator. Firstly, the opportunity I got in a tough situation makes me feel happy and tremendously confident and also I can feel the confidence that they have in my ability. The team I have can be considered as a young brigade and though it will be new for all of them we will work to the best of our abilities, without lacking anywhere,” expressed by Ganguly.
After taking over as the president of BCCI, first-class cricketers will be my priority and we will change their life, said Sourav. He added, “In spite of looking at the top only, we will certainly look at the bottom because many gems of Indian cricket lie there and their life will be changed by us.”
While commenting on India’s expectation at the showpiece event, “we have a strong Indian team and they are doing well. Though they did not win a big tournament, I believe that they will turn it around. The champion player Virat Kohli will definitely turn it around,” said Ganguly.
In the meantime, the red carpet was rolled out by the Cricket Association of Bengal for their favorite son.