Legendary Sachin Tendulkar who has been chipping in with opinions to revolutionise the game of cricket of late has come up with one more interesting opinion to change the course of the Duleep Trophy. According to Sachin, players who are competing in this domestic tournament are pretty much focussed on individual performances instead of the overall performances of the teams.
Now he wants BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to revamp Duleep Trophy so much so that the bonding would be restored in the four-day tournament. India cricket icon feels that Duleep Trophy can be reinvented by bringing in four Ranji Trophy semifinalists including two teams of talented U-19 and U-23 players. As Sourav Ganguly is ready for the next BCCI’s first Annual General Meeting on Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar wants him to draw some attention on Duleep Trophy.
I want Ganguly to revamp Duleep Trophy: Sachin Tendulkar
“I want him (Ganguly) to consider looking at the Duleep Trophy…I feel Duleep Trophy is one tournament where one is getting to hear that players are possibly more focused on their own performances and what the next tournament is and they play accordingly,” Sachin Tendulkar told news agency PTI in an exclusive interaction.
It should be noted that Duleep trophy was a five-team zonal tournament but now features teams like India Blue, India Green and India Red in a round-robin format. Sourav Ganguly who took charge as the BCCI President on October 23 has been appreciated by the fans across the country for his work in a limited time. He was the one who had convinced the Bangladesh Cricket Board to play their historic ever Day/Night pink-ball Test at the Home of Cricket, Eden Gardens.
Sachin said that cricket has always been a team sport and revamping Duleep Trophy can take the game to a whole new level with collective team spirit. “This is one change I would like to see because cricket has always been a team sport. It is all about team spirit bonding and playing together as a team. Not as individuals,” he said.