Of late, we came across India picking weird combinations in their playing XI. They are making some surprise inclusions and exclusions in an all-important matches rising all the eyebrows of the fans and analysts. Meanwhile, it is once again repeating under the eyes of Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma in Asia Cup 2018 which didn’t serve well to Sourav Ganguly.

The exclusion of KL Rahul has been a big surprise factor when India named their playing XI so far. It was initially expected that KL Rahul will take the mantle in absence of Virat Kohli, surprisingly, it was not the case.

Rohit Sharma Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly
Rohit Sharma with Ravi Shastri… Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The coach should take a back seat in selection – Sourav Ganguly

The former skipper of India feels that the game of cricket is always the captain’s game. Furthermore, he questioned the selection of the playing XI and the key personality behind the selection as well.

The southpaw went on to add captain should always take the front step in terms of selection. Speaking of his own self, he added that he always kept his trust on his own players rather than the coach ideas.

”Who picks up the team, Rohit Sharma (stand-in ODI captain) or Ravi Shastri? Virat (Kohli) needs to work little on it. I backed them (Sehwag, Zaheer) because I saw them closely, I have seen them how they react to pressure,” Sourav Ganguly said while launching his book  ‘A Century is not Enough’ at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

“It is not like football. A lot of current cricket coaches think that they are going to run a cricket team like a football team, but cricket is a captain’s game and coach has to take a backseat and that is important,” Ganguly said. He concluded by saying ”“Never pick a coach.”

Sourav Ganguly, Sarfraz Ahmed
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On Sri Lanka and Pakistan –

The stylish southpaw feels that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are tough teams in their own right. He added that the current situation is just a phase which they will pick up sooner than later.

“I think it is just a phase and they will get back on the track. They are strong teams,” he said.

However, as Sourav Ganguly said, it is the responsibility of the skipper to pick a playing XI for the team. It is also intriguing to know whether Ravi Shastri has any role in picking the playing XI for the team.