T20 World Cup 2024: Sourav Ganguly predicts Rohit Sharma's future in team India

Updated - 14 May 2024, 12:35 PM

Sourav Ganguly and Rohit Sharma
Sourav Ganguly and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed confidence in Rohit Sharma's abilities despite his poor form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Sourav Ganguly backed Rohit Sharma to perform well in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the USA from June 2 to 29.

Rohit Sharma started the tournament on an impressive note, scoring 297 runs in the first seven matches at an average of 49.50 and a strike rate of 164.09. He scored 52 runs in the last six innings at a strike rate of less than 100. Overall, he has scored 349 runs at an average of 29.08 and a strike rate of 145.42.

Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The veteran cricketer led the team in the last edition of the T20 World Cup, where Team India faced a semifinal exit. The ninth edition of the T20 World Cup might be Rohit's last appearance for the Men in Blue in the shorter format.

Rohit Sharma Plays Well In Big Tournaments - Sourav Ganguly

Speaking to the media ahead of their final league game against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Sourav Ganguly expressed optimism about Rohit Sharma's performance in the T20 World Cup, stating that he plays well in big tournaments.

"India is a very good team. Rohit will play well in the World Cup. He plays well in big tournaments. At the big stage, he will be fine," said Ganguly.

The former BCCI president stated that Virat Kohli should open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming World Cup.

I think Virat Kohli should open for India in T20 World Cup,” he added.

The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) batter is currently the Orange Cap holder in the IPL 2024. He has scored 661 runs in 13 matches at an average of 66.10 and a strike rate of 155.16, including a century and five fifties, with his best score being 113*.

The Faf du Plessis-led team suffered six losses in their first seven matches. However, Bengaluru bounced back and secured five consecutive wins. The team will take on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their final league match at their home stadium on May 18.

Rishabh Pant Makes A Big Difference - Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly highlighted that Rishabh Pant's absence contributed to their loss against Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Ganguly emphasized that Pant's presence significantly impacts the team's performance.

"Yesterday yes (if DC lost because of Pant's absence), Rishabh makes a big difference to our batting," Ganguly stated.

Pant was suspended for one match after breaching the IPL Code of Conduct for the third time in the ongoing season. The DC skipper was fined Rs 30 lakh and suspended for one match due to his team's slow over-rate during their IPL 2024 match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). 

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