BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been excelling as an administrator after leading India to great heights as captain. But Indian cricket has continued to go from strength to strength and has become a powerhouse, convincingly beating top teams. Sourav Ganguly asserted that a solid cricketing system has enabled to produce the rich stocks of talent over the years.
The Indian cricket team’s recent performances against England and Australia across formats have given evidence that they could rule world cricket for the next decade. The following month will see the men in blue take on New Zealand to claim the ultimate prize in Test cricket. After that, they will embark on a mission to become the first Indian side after 2007 to win a Test series in England. If the tourists could achieve that, it would cement their legacy for a long time.
Sourav Ganguly underlined that the domestic system and National Cricket Academy are of top-notch qualities, with the selections happening only on merit. The former Indian captain also credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) since it has given the players confidence that they belong at this level.
“The system is strong – domestic cricket, NCA (National Cricket Academy), coaches. The IPL is also a reason. Fairness of selection; only the best gets picked. There is transparency. The cricket system is robust. Four-day and T20 cricket are different, but the IPL does help. Gives confidence that you can play at this level. Talent is important and adjustment is not a problem,” Ganguly said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
These are two different generations: Sourav Ganguly
When asked whether the current generation could be compared with the one in 2003, the Prince of Kolkata commented they are two different generations as they made remarkable progress back then. Having been involved with both the phases, Ganguly lauded the present crop for doing well and refused to compare.
“These are two different generations. This is a superb phase. We drew with Australia in Australia, beat England in England and Pakistan in Pakistan. Won in New Zealand, too. It was a glorious phase. This team is doing so well. I leave it at that. What happened in 2003, can’t be compared with 2021. I was involved both times – captain and now the BCCI president,” the 48-year old added.