Ganguly names current five Indian players he would take in his test squad
Former skipper and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has picked five current Indian cricketers he would have wanted in his test side. The left-handed batsman after becoming the skipper, started grooming new talent when he has to reinstitute the team owing to match-fixing scandal that engulfed the Indian camp in 2000.
The former skipper was asked about the five players he would have wanted in his Test squad, in a chat session with Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal.
“It’s a very tough question, Mayank, because I feel every generation the players are different, players face challenges differently in different generations, pitches, quality of opposition,” Ganguly told Mayank in a video on BCCI website.
“From your current team, I would have loved to have Virat Kohli in the side, Rohit Sharma in the side. I will go for [Jasprit] Bumrah because I had Zaheer [Khan] at the other end. I would also go for Mohammed Shami after Javagal Srinath retired, because I think Mohammed Shami is a fantastic bowler,” he added. “So I’ve got Rohit, I’ve got Virat, I’ve got Bumrah, I’ve got Shami, so I’ve got four. I had Harbhajan [Singh] and Anil Kumble in my side, so [R] Ashwin would be my third spinner. I would be very tempted to have Ravindra Jadeja also,” Ganguly further stated.
The left-handed batsman made headlines as he went on to score a century in his maiden Test at Lord’s in his Test debut test against England in the summer of 1996. The 48-year-old Ganguly had guided India to the finals of the 2003 World Cup.