February 23, 2018
Coimbatore : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly today said T20 was must for cricket, without which the game
could not survive.
On playing matches continuously without any rest and also different formats, Ganguly told reporters here, “T20 is must for cricket. Without T-20 cricket cannot survive.” About the performance of the Indian team in South Africa, he said, “It has been a good tour for them so far. They played very well in one-day series. I hope they win the match on Saturday.”
Regarding selection policy then and now, Ganguly said it was the same transparent one. “It is the best of Indian selection policy,” he felt. He hoped curtailing the tenure of coaches abruptly would not happen in future.
Ganguly was here to flag off a walkathon as part of the all-India optholmology conference as brand ambassador of Essilor, the latest eyecare equipment and also to release posters of Pitchfest organised by TiE providing platform for innovators and investors.
About young players getting opportunity in Indian cricket, Ganguly said, “A lot of young players represent the country. We have Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya and others who have come in to play in our Indian side. We have to give them time to become the likes of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. Sehwag and Harbhajan also developed over a period of time. Our young players will also do so.”
“Dhoni is very good in one-day matches and in T-20. It is very hard to get past MS. You got to respect the contributions made by him and others too will get an opportunity to shine,” he said.
Regarding fitness of Indian cricketers, Ganguly said the Indian team was on par with international players. When asked to compare Indian men and women cricket teams, he said, “Men are far better. Women are doing exceptionally well in cricket. Have you seen anyone hit bigger sixers than Harman Preet Kaur? However, men are better.”