Hope Sourav Ganguly gets more than 10 months: Gautam Gambhir

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-19 13:43:00

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In his column for the Times of India, Gambhir wrote, "Indian cricket has been scoring winners across the board. For starters, former India captain Sourav Ganguly being announced as the next BCCI president is a big leap taken by Indian cricket. Normally, BCCI functioning is seen as regressive and opaque but this unprecedented move to have a former cricketer in this important post is a pleasant aberration. I don't know how it happened and I am not keen on knowing it either. I am just glad that Indian cricket will be headed by someone who understands the eco-system. The changes he has brought about at Cricket Association of Bengal is a clear indication that Dada is not merely a former cricketer who'd bring on-field changes. His administrative skills will be tested but if I know Dada well, his ability of inclusive growth will hold him in good stead. But I just hope that Dada gets more than 10 months to perform otherwise it will be a wasted exercise."

Gambhir hoped that just like Ganguly got the BCCI support when he was captain, he gets the same kind of support from all quarters.

"I'd also hope that he gets support from those who are taking turns to congratulate Dada. As a cricketer, he could achieve results because he had support from within the dressing room and also from BCCI board room. Things would have been challenging for Dada without the support of the late Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya. While he and then coach John Wright groomed guys like Sehwag, Nehra, Yuvraj, Harbhajan and Zaheer, Dada was also lucky to have all-out support from Dravid, Kumble, Tendulkar and Laxman. He'd need similar support now again from the BCCI bigwigs who know where the landmines are. Trust me, the world will be watching Indian cricket with even more interest from now on,' Gambhir added.

Gambhir expressed his happiness on the comments of Brian Lara, who compared the current Indian pacers with the West Indies fast bowlers of the yesteryears.

"I was glad to read the comments made by legendary Brian Lara on the Indian team. I agree that world over, standard of cricket has taken a hit but that is not Virat Kohli's problem. If Lara today says that our bowling unit reminds him of West Indian pace battery then a lot of credit should go to the current captain and his support staff. Fast bowling and Indian cricket were largely an alien concept but remember we won this Test series without Jasprit Bumrah. I am certain this is only improving from here on," Gambhir signed off.

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