Former India captain and the current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly is impressed by the courage of Shardul Thakur while he is ‘obsessed ‘ with Rishabh Pant.
Speaking on a Youtube chatshow by Classplus, Sourav Ganguly was asked to pick his favourite player from the India team. While the former opener denied naming an individual as his favourite cricketer, he did mention some players, from seniors to youngsters whom he enjoys watching.
“All [among current cricketers] are fantastic players. As president of the BCCI, I shouldn’t pick one over the other. I enjoy Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s batting. I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant. I like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. I like Shardul Thakur because [he] has got guts,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted by IANS as saying.
Both Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant have gained immense success in recent months; despite both having an ordinary IPL 2020 in the UAE, both players rose with match-winning or match-turning performances on the tour of Australia – at the Gabaa particularly – and then in the home matches against England.
I am fit and fine and back to work: Sourav Ganguly
The 48-year-old also gave a positive update about his health. On January 2, the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper was admitted to the hospital after complaining of “chest discomfort, heaviness of head, vomiting and a spell of dizziness” during a physical exercise session at his home gymnasium. The doctors had conducted angioplasty on him then and inserted a stent.
On January 27, he was again rushed to the hospital after he complained of chest pain. It was reported that two more stents were implanted to clear his clogged coronary arteries.
“I am fit and fine and back to work,” ‘Dada’ said.
The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI were applauded for their commendable job in successfully conducting the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE last year amidst the challenges posed by the coronavirus. They will once again have a challenge at their hands, as IPL 2021 is being hosted in India this time, while the country sees a surge in covid cases.