Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has opined that top KKR Indian Premier League players like Robin Uthappa and all-rounder Manoj Tiwary have great opportunity to shine in Bangladesh. Uthappa, Tiwary and Umesh Yadav have been included in the Indian team. It will be a young squad led by Suresh Raina.
Ganguly said, “Very rightly so the selectors have rested the regular players. Robin Uthappa has been rewarded for his good showing in the IPL. It’s great to see him back in the one-day format after a long time. He has probably returned a better players. His technique has improved at this (IPL) level and we will have to wait and see what he does at the international level. It’s a great opportunity for Uthappa. Although scoring runs in IPL and in an international match are different, Uthappa has looked solid. I still feel the opener’s slot in the Indian team is up for grabs.”
He added, “Tiwary has had a short but good international career. He has stood out every time he has been given an opportunity but injuries have pushed him back all the time. Hopefully, he can put his problems behind and score the runs. He has the temperament and three ODIs is a big-enough tournament for all those who want to stake their claim for the regular Indian side.”
It is pertinent to add that three ODIs against Bangladesh will be played in Mirpur (Dhaka) on June 15, 17 and 19.