The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday (October 16) mentioned the Indian cricket group beneath Virat Kohli has all the expertise to be thought-about a reputable contender for the T20 World Cup 2021 and it solely wants to present a little bit of maturity to declare the trophy. India will open their T20 World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.
“So, you don’t become champions easily and you just don’t become champions just by stepping into a tournament, so they have to get through the process, they have to show maturity,” Ganguly mentioned when requested what India wants to do to win the title.
“…They all have the talent, they all have the skill to score runs and take wickets at this level. They just have to be mentally in good space to win the World Cup,” the flamboyant former left-handed batter quipped.
Ganguly mentioned the facet ought to concentrate on successful each sport as a substitute of targetting the title straight up. “…(the) title is only won when the finals are finished. So, you have a lot of cricket to be played before that and I think India should focus (on) every game, India should focus on winning every game and just taking it from there and not think about the title at the start,” he mentioned.
“They (India) will at all times be contenders in no matter competitors they play in and the problem for them is to be at peace with themselves, concentrate on the course of relatively than the outcomes as a result of the most hardest factor and the most unsuitable factor to do is if you take guard and also you suppose I’m right here to win the World Cup.
“…What is vital is to play the subsequent ball which is popping out of the hand and hold doing that until you get to the finals,” he added.
Seeing the pattern in the IPL, does Ganguly anticipate a low-scoring T20 World Cup? “No, no, I don’t think so,” he responded. “Maybe in Sharjah it will be because of the wickets, but Dubai is an absolute belter, the (IPL) final played yesterday was an absolute belter. Abu Dhabi will be a great surface to bat on and it is going to be a great World Cup,” added the 49-year-old.
According to Ganguly, the fans’ involvement with the game is increasing. “That is why this game is so big in this country, the fans, the people they are so attached to this game, every year you see the IPL, the international cricket, just getting better and better,” he mentioned.
Ganguly additionally picked his very personal fanboy second, which got here in his first tour to Australia. “It is a tricky query, I feel after I first went to tour Australia with the Indian facet in 1991, there have been some nice gamers in the dressing room, the likes of Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, and Mohammed Azharuddin, who was captain of India then. So I feel that first journey will at all times be my fanboy second as a result of I had seen all of them and my curiosity in cricket grew with the 1983 World Cup, with Kapil Dev main India to victory for the first time.
“So from that point of view, that tour probably will be my first fanboy moment,” Ganguly signed off.