सात श्रृंखलाओं में सात कप्तान होना ‘आदर्श नहीं’ लेकिन हम कुछ नहीं कर सकते हैं : गांगुली

I completely agree that it is not ideal to have seven different captains in such a short time, but it happened because some unavoidable circumstances arose.

New Delhi | BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is one who has always believed in consistency, saying that having seven captains over the course of seven months is ‘not ideal’, but for some unavoidable reason things went the way they should. Ganguly celebrated his 50th birthday in London with his friends and family. He talked about many issues in an interview with PTI.

The discussion covered issues of multiple captains, workload management, media rights evaluation, and board management. Question: We saw Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah as Indian captains and now Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs. Continuity affected. What do you say?

Answer: I completely agree that it is not ideal to have seven different captains in such a short time, but it happened because some unavoidable circumstances arose. Like Rohit was leading South Africa in white ball cricket, but he was injured before the tour. So Rahul took the lead in ODIs, and so recently in South Africa’s home series, Rahul was injured a day before the start of the series.

Rohit was playing a training match in England when he was diagnosed with Kovid-19 infection. No one is responsible for this situation. The calendar is such that we have to give breaks to the players and if anyone gets hurt we have to take care of the handling of the load. You also need to understand the situation of head coach Rahul Dravid that every series had to have a new captain due to unavoidable circumstances. Question: What do you think the hectic FTP (Future Tour Schedule) creates conditions where we see players take multiple breaks due to workload management issues?

Answer: Throughout my international career, I have believed that the more you play, the better and more fit you will become. At this stage you need ‘game time’, and the more matches you play, the stronger your body will be.

Yes, the IPL started from 2008, but I would like you to see how much international cricket we have played in our careers. If you compare, the standard of international cricket for the Indian team has not risen much in the calendar year. We played a lot of one-day cricket, so if you can see, the number of days for international matches is almost the same.

Question: Now there are 10 teams in IPL and BCCI will earn more than Rs.60,000 crores on team sales and media rights in the coming years. So you do not think that the competencies of the players we will prepare in the future will be compromised because the number will also increase?

Answer: Not at all. On the contrary, I would say that the ‘pool’ of talent in Indian cricket is bound to grow over time and the IPL has shown us the depth of talent we have in this country. You look at the two Indian teams (white and red ball), what kind of players we have produced over the years.

Question: Speaking of your post as BCCI President, it has been almost three years now, what was your term of office like, and what kind of challenges have you faced?

Answer: When I became chairman in 2019, it was with the consent of the member associations of BCCI, and so far it has been a wonderful experience. You get a chance to work and make changes to improve Indian cricket.

Organizing the tournament during the two years with Kovid-19 was challenging, but BCCI organized both the IPL and domestic cricket (men and women) as a team better. When I joined BCCI, I had five years of management experience, having worked as CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Joint Secretary and later as President. Question: Do you regret that you withdrew in the 2008 season because you probably beat best in test cricket, where you scored races against England in England and against Pakistan (Man of the Series) at home and against Australia. Brilliant last laps against?

Answer: I can tell you one thing about myself. I have never regretted anything in my life. If I retired after the series against Australia, then I was at my peak. You talk about test matches, I want to tell you that I scored around 1250 races in the 2007 season when I was dropped from the ODI team. I scored 12 fifties that year in 50 overs cricket. Question: Do you miss the changing room?

Answer: I do not ‘miss’ the dressing room. I have never ‘missed’ anything. Nothing lasts forever. Everything has an end. I had a great career and it was time to move on and I’m glad I ended my career at the top.

Question: During the 1992 and 1996 phases and then during the Greg Chappell era, when you were out of the Indian team for almost a year, you ever felt that outside forces were trying to ruin your career. Do you feel angry, or do you have any complaints about that stage? Answer: I have learned one thing in life. No one can ruin your career. If you have talent, confidence, then luck is in your hands.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from the PTI language feed.

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