Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. Picture Credit: AFP

Last Update on: August 31st, 2023 at 04:48 pm

Former India skipper spoke on India’s chances of winning the upcoming ODI World Cup and gave a few tips. Ganguly asked the team management to settle with one first eleven and not to change it frequently.

Rohit Sharma-led India will have an advantage in the tournament since they will be playing in home conditions. However, the team management cannot afford to make a mistake this time and there will be a lot of pressure on them since the Men in Blues have failed to win a single ICC trophy in the past 10 years.

While speaking to Revsportz, Sourav Ganguly was asked about the difference between the 2003 side and the current team, to which the former skipper said that earlier they had a settled combination and that is the most important thing.

Sourav Ganguly added that during 2003 they had some quality players in the squad and all the players had perfect bonding with each other and that is the only reason he asked the current team management to stop making changes so much.

The former BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly further added that with less choping and changes, India will be able to excel in the upcoming tournaments.

That’s why I keep saying don’t chop and change ahead of a major tournament: Sourav Ganguly

“We had a settled combination. That’s the most important thing. We were a very good team by then and had started winning. We were on song. We had some fantastic players. That’s why I keep saying don’t chop and change ahead of a major tournament.

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“Have a set of players together for 1 year and let them win or lose and get ready as a team. Australia did not chop and change for years between 1999-2003 and that’s why they were so good.

“For that one year in 2003, we had won everything. We won in the West Indies, won the Natwest and except for the blip against New Zealand on those pitches, we won it all. We went to South Africa as a very good team.

“That’s why it is important that we have our 14 by the Asia Cup, the same 14-15 that will play the World Cup. It is key you know your combination and don’t keep chopping and changing till the last minute,” Sourav Ganguly said.

In the Asia Cup 2023, Rohit Sharma-led India will take on Babar Azam’s Pakistan on Saturday (September 2nd) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.