Mumbai, October 23
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday called Virat Kohli “the most important man in Indian cricket” and promised the captain all possible support to make his life “easier and not difficult”.
After taking charge as the BCCI boss here, Ganguly said he will be speaking to the Indian skipper on Thursday to discuss the way forward.
“I will speak to him tomorrow. He is the most important man in Indian cricket as captain of India. I look it at that way. So we will have a word with him and as I said we will support him in every possible way, he wants to make this team the best in the world. It has been a great team to be honest with the way they have played in the last three to four years,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly said he will also sit with the team management which also includes head coach Ravi Shastri.
“It will be a proper discussion and everything will be mutually discussed but be rest assured, we are here to make their life easier, not make their life difficult. Everything is on the basis of performance,” the BCCI president was clear.
“Performance is the most important thing and will decide the future of Indian cricket. Virat is the most important man in the entire context. We will support him, we will listen to him. I have been a captain myself so I understand. Mutual respect will be there, opinions and discussions will be there and we will do what is best for the game.”
After it became clear that Ganguly would be the next BCCI president, the former captain had spoken about India’s inability to win the ICC events since the 2013 Champions Trophy. He spoke on the subject again.
“Yes you can say that they have not won a World Cup but you don’t win a World Cup every time. Hopefully, we will support him, whatever he wants and we will make sure Indian cricket goes ahead smoothly.”
Ganguly brushed aside any need for split captaincy after rumours started doing rounds post World Cup that Rohit Sharma will be made the white-ball captain.
“I don’t think this question arises. India is winning at the moment. They are probably the best team in the world,” he added.
Following India’s 3-0 whitewash of South Africa in Ranchi on Tuesday, Kohli had expressed an urgent need to limit the Test venues to five to ensure a decent turnout.
When asked about it, Ganguly was non-committal on the matter.
“In terms of Test venues, we have a lot of states, lot of venues, so we will have to sit with him (Kohli) and see what he wants and take it forward.”
As for the low fan turnout during Test matches, Ganguly said it is the format that needs some rediscovering.
“The same fans turn out for the IPL, where the stadiums are choc-a-bloc. So, it’s a bit more than stadiums. Test cricket needs a revisit and how it can be popularises. Eden Gardens is going to host Bangladesh on November 22 and we don’t know what’s going to happen in that Test match,” he said. — PTI
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