Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes international cricket cannot sustain without the T20 format. Meanwhile, India will play their final game of the South Africa tour at Cape Town today. The series is currently at 1-1 with South Africa coming from behind to level the series.
“Twenty20 is must for cricket. Without T-20, cricket cannot survive,” Ganguly said when asked about the hectic schedule.
Ganguly feels India had a good tour so far and wanted them to end the tour on a high. India bounced back following their 2-1 loss in the Test series. The men in blues hammered South Africa in the fifty-overs game to win it 5-1.
“I hope they win the match (T20) on Saturday,” the southpaw added.
Young cricketers need time:
Talking about young cricketers representing the country, Ganguly feels they should have time behind them.
“We have Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya and others have come in to play in our Indian side,” he said. “We have to give them time to become the likes of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. Sehwag and Harbhajan also developed over a period of time. Our young players will also do so,” he added.
Meanwhile, Manish Pandey came good in the second ODI, while Hardik Pandya had a very average tour. Pandey paired with MS Dhoni to take India to a big total in the second game. Pandey scored 79 runs off 48 deliveries including six boundaries and three sixes.
It’s hard to get past Dhoni:
Further, Ganguly feels Dhoni is excellent in the limited-overs game, and it’s tough to look past him. Meanwhile, it was vintage Dhoni on offer in the last game scoring a 28-ball 52.
“Dhoni is very good in one-day matches and in T-20. It is very hard to get past MS,” Ganguly said. “You have got to respect the contribution made by him and others too will get an opportunity to shine,” he mentioned.
In conclusion, Ganguly added that the fitness of Indian cricketers is at par with the international players.
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