After how many days he came in front of so many familiar faces again, Sourav Ganguly could not remember himself. He kept saying, ‘It must be about six months!’
After how many days he came in front of so many familiar faces again, Sourav Ganguly could not remember himself. He kept saying, ‘It must be about six months!’ On Monday afternoon, Bengal Peerless announced Sourav as their brand ambassador at a function at a five-star hotel in central Kolkata. Finding the right place in the heart of Kolkata became a cricketing affair. From the current IPL to the future of the England series Shreyas Ayyar controversy, everything came up. And there was the issue of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After all this time, the board president came in front of the media fluently. Sourav stepped out of all the controversy by stepping out in the mood of his favorite six.
Criticism of Dhoni in the IPL is not less. Why he is going so far back, the question is everywhere. Without any hesitation, Sourav said, ‘When I was the captain, I brought Dhoni down first. When I went to comment later, I said that number four is Dhoni’s real place. I still have that belief. In fact, after almost a year and a half, Dhoni has returned to the field. There is a problem to adapt a little at the beginning.
Though he talked to Dhoni on the day of his retirement announcement on August 15, he never met in the IPL. Said, ‘We can’t go to the players in Covid Protocol there. They can’t come either. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, everything that Dhoni has achieved for the country can be done for him.
Don’t do it all over the world. The IPL that went out of the country on him. The cricketers are hitting four-sixes on the field, but how tense was he as the board president? Sourav smiled at the question, ‘First of all, I would like to thank the cricketers. Getting to the field from the quarantine in the hotel room but not easy. They have been able to adapt to the situation very quickly. And in my case, I like this kind of challenging environment. I scored a pair of centuries in difficult conditions in the first Test in England. I took a lot of challenges in my six years of captaincy. After becoming CAB president, I played India-Pakistan match in Eden on seven days notice. I did the first pink ball test even after becoming the board president. From that point of view, doing IPL was also a challenge. Everyone thought, IPL will not happen. But cricket is happening in England. Girls cricket has also started there. Then why not IPL?
Despite the IPL, the board president could not give any assurance about domestic cricket. He said, ‘The way Corona is growing, nothing can be said about what will happen. But we are keeping an eye on the situation. But domestic cricket has not been canceled yet. However, he is desperate to do the England series on home soil. He said, ‘Mumbai also has more than one stadium like Dubai. Here is Eden. England could be a series in one place.
Even though the IPL has started, the controversy has touched Sourav. As Delhi captain Shreyas said, Ricky Ponting and Sourav still advise him. Which raises the question of conflict of interest. Sourav, however, played straight at bat that day, ‘Shreyas explained later. But remember one thing, I’m not just the board president. I have played about five hundred matches for the country. I was the captain. I can give advice to the young cricketers of the country. Whether it is Shreyas or Manoj Tiwari. ‘
Sunil Gavaskar has got involved in the controversy by commenting on Kohli-Anushka. Although Saurabh avoided that topic, there was a controversy over a picture of a tweet he made in Sharjah. Where the picture of Pakistan team including Miandad was blurred. Sourav explained, ‘I didn’t take the picture. As you can see in the picture, my phone was in my hand. They picked it up, they tweeted it. Where did I come from? ‘