Sourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and the current President of the BCCI, has said that the current Indian team is full of match-winners who can win World Cup trophies but added that the players have to assure good performances in semi-finals and finals in order to do that.
Ganguly, who led India to the finals of the 2000 and 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2003 World Cup said that the format of the world events is such that even if the best teams can get knocked out.
India have faltered at the final hurdle on a plethora of occasions since their 2013 Champions Trophy triumph. Since then, the Men in Blue have lost semi-finals of the 206 T20 World Cup, 2015 & 2019 50-over World Cup and the finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy.
“We will (win). In England, we played well, we lost the important game. The World Cups are like that. We played exceptionally well in 2003 and lost the final. That’s what the World Cup is. We will have a chance every time. We have tremendous players in this team who can take away World Cups. Then the World Cups are also about winning semi-finals and finals,” Sourav Ganguly told Sports Tak.
‘I have spoken to the captain a couple of times’- Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly also touched upon the fact that he has been in touch with Indian cricketers including captain Virat Kohli during the lockdown, adding that all of them are worried about the Covid-19 situation in the country.
He also added that it is not safe to conduct the training session for players as of now, as the coronavirus situation is steadily escalating.
“Yeah, I am in touch with them. I have spoken to the captain a couple of times. I am in touch with the NCA head. Players are also very worried because the numbers are so high. The captain comes from Mumbai where it’s an absolute nightmare at the moment. So it’s quite natural that he will be little worried. All of us are.
“You don’t want to come out on a cricket field, at the end of the day it’s a sport and get infected. So as I said, we are looking into it and we are in touch with the players. I am in touch, Jay (Shah) is in touch. The cricket operations people are in touch. We keep preparing FTPS and keep reshuffling them with time and keep looking at every option. As I said, till we don’t decide which is the day (for return), we have to keep shuffling,” ” Sourav Ganguly said.