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Indian captain Virat Kohli recently stated that a player would be given four to five chances to prove himself. This statement was regarded for the preparation of next year T20I World Cup. As this statement by Kohli has raised questions on giving the opportunity to young talent, Sourav Ganguly wrote about this in his column for Times of India.
Ganguly doesn’t seem to go with the decision of Virat Kohli. He is of the view that first of all team India should not take much pressure for the upcoming T20 World Cup. As it can destroy the preparations, Indian team should focus on the young talent and give them consistent opportunity to build the future team, he opines.
He wrote, “The most important thing for India is to not look at the World T20 next year.”
“Before the last (ODI) World Cup, there was too much noise about it and that sometimes is not good. What they (Team India) need to do is pick the best possible players and give them consistent opportunities, as there is some serious talent in the domestic circuit.”
New young bowlers can become like Jasprit Bumrah: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly says the senior players have already gained their part in the team and now is the chance for the young talented cricketers to build a strong team.
“Virat, Rohit (Sharma), Shikhar (Dhawan), Hardik (Pandya) and (Ravindra) Jadeja have made a mark already and the young firepower needs to come in to take this team into next level.”
“The bowling department has some bright prospects. Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini look promising; and India needs to look after them so that they develop the way (Jasprit) Bumrah has.”
KL Rahul can be pushed by Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer
Ganguly showed faith in Shreyas Iyer as he detects that he can play crucial roles in matches. He has expressed that if KL Rahul doesn’t buck up then Iyer and Manish Pandey are likely to take his place in the team.
“The batting department also has some exciting faces. All they need is the freedom to express themselves. Shreyas Iyer finds a place in the T20 squad, a reward for his good show in the 50-overs games in West Indies.
“The likes of Shreyas and Manish Pandey will keep Rahul on his toes if he wants to hold onto the No. 4 slot. Hardik makes a comeback and will look to consolidate his place as the premier all-rounder in every format,” said Ganguly.
India is currently busy in the ongoing home series against South Africa. The national selectors have given chance to young talent in this series as KL Rahul is also removed from the Test Series and Shubman Gill is given place.