Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday supported current Test skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to play Rohit Sharma ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara in the ongoing one-off Test match against Bangladesh in Fatullah.
“Virat wants to play five bowlers and in that case you have to sacrifice a batsman. Rohit played at number three in the last Test match in Sydney. Going by the form, it is fine,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata.
Going in this Test match with five specialist bowlers – pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh – Kohli chose Rohit instead of regular No. 3 in Tests, Pujara.
With rain playing spoil-sport in much of the Test, Ganguly hoped that veteran offie Harbhajan Singh, who is making a comeback after two years, would get more opportunities in the future.
“He has taken three wickets in the match, but he hardly got much of an opportunity because of the rain. Hopefully he gets more opportunities and does well,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly also said he was looking forward to play in the new Twenty20 tournament featuring retired international players. Involving a series of exhibition matches, the event is a brainchild of cricket legends Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar.
Ganguly who has been inducted to the BCCI’s newly-constituted cricket advisory panel, refused to comment on the speculations of team director Ravi Shastri becoming the coach. “I have no such report, when that happens we all will get to know,” he said. Inaugurating the Shemrock Global Wisdom, a pre-school in the city, Ganguly confessed of having cried on his first day at school. “It reminds me of my pre-school days. Though I don’t have much of memory but I remember I cried a lot on my first day at school,” said Ganguly.