Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has picked his IPL Fantasy “Dream Team” which has no place two-time IPL winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Another big name, Suresh Raina. one of the most successful cricketers in the history of the game, was also left out.
Sourav had made it clear a few days back that Dhoni was no longer the force to reckon with and the position of wicket-keeper in his XI went to the young and dynamic Rishabh Pant.
“I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly had stated. [Read also: CA chairman confirms Australia’s Bangladesh tour]
Dhoni’s record in the current season of IPL doesn’t do much good. Dhoni has scored just 152 runs with only one match-winning knock of 61 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad to boast of in 8 matches. His current strike rate of 120 is well below his career IPL strike rate of more than 138.
The 4 overseas players in Ganguly’s XI are Steve Smith of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Sunil Narine and Chris Morris of Delhi Daredevils (DD).
Meanwhile, after receiving huge criticism from all corners for snubbing Dhoni, Ganguly has denied owning any such teams. He wrote on Twitter, “Hi all ..just saw an ipl fantasy team on my name ..it’s not my twitter account nor my team ..it’s fake ..I dnt [sic] participate in fantsy [sic] leagues”.
Ganguly’s alleged fantasy team: Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Steven Smith, AB de Villiers, Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sunil Narine, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Morris
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com