Ganguly names India’s three WC 2019 players he would pick in WC 2003 team
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has picked three players from India’s 2019 World Cup side which he would have loved to see in India’s 2003 World Cup squad.
India’s 2003 World Cup squad was much strong like last year’s India squad in the World Cup. Ganguly-led India had Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ganguly at the top-order while in pace bowling department there were bowlers like Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar and Javagal Srinath. They had Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble as their spin bowling options.
On the other hand, Kohli-led India in 2019 had also strong top-order with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli himself. Pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were in the squad and Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav were the spin-bowling options.
Though, India didn’t win the trophy in any of these two year as India lost to Australia in the final of the 2003 World Cup and Kohli-led India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final in 2019.
However, recently the current BCCI president was asked that which three players he would pick in his squad in 2003 if he’s given the opportunity to pick them from 2019 World Cup squad. With no hesitation, Ganguly picked Rohit, Kohli and Bumrah.
“Pick three cricketers from India’s World Cup 2019 squad you would have loved to have in your World Cup 2003 squad and give reasons?” Mayank Agarwal read the question from the fan on chat show ‘DadaOpensWithMayank’, uploaded on BCCI official Twitter handle.
In reply, Ganguly said: “(Virat) Kohli, Rohit Sharma and (Jasprit) Bumrah.” Explaining the reasons, Ganguly said:
“The quality of fast bowler (Bumrah). We played in South Africa, although we bowled exceptionally well in that series. Bumrah, Rohit and Virat would be in the middle. Rohit at the top, and I at no. 3. I don’t know maybe Sehwag might be listening to this and I would get a phone call tomorrow, ‘what the hell do you think’. But I would have these three in the squad.”
Ganguly also mentioned 2011 World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni’s name and said if he’s given the fourth option he would have picked Dhoni. “MS Dhoni also – but since you gave me three choices, I would have managed with Rahul Dravid behind the stumps, because I think he did a great job in the World Cup,” he said.