Kohli will always be the most important person in Indian cricket: Ganguly

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-26 12:32:00

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  • Virat Kohli is agreeable to day night Tests: Sourav Ganguly
  • Ganguly formally took charge as the Board president on Wednesday
  • Describing himself as a cricketer's president, Ganguly said it's not him but Kohli who should hog the limelight
KOLKATA: Sourav Ganguly has long believed that day-night cricket is the way forward if the crowds are to be brought back to Test venues in India. Even though most of the other top Test-playing nations have introduced pink-ball cricket, India have refrained from embracing the concept as players were learnt to be reluctant.

But that might change in the near future.

Ganguly, the newly-elected BCCI president, revealed on Friday that Team India captain Kohli is open to the idea.

“Kohli is agreeable to daynight Tests,” Ganguly said at a function organized by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to felicitate him.

Ganguly, who formally took charge as the Board president on Wednesday, met Kohli the day after, during the selection committee meeting in Mumbai.

“Cricket needs a change. Who had thought that T20 cricket will be such a rage when it was introduced? Even we (senior players) were asked to rest when India first played the format,” he said.

“See, lifestyles have changed. No one can afford to bunk school or office these days to watch cricket. They need to be brought to the ground after their day’s work is over,” Ganguly argued.

He isn’t, however, sure when India will play their first D/N Test. “I don’t know when it will happen. But so long I am the president, I will continue to push for it,” he quipped.

Describing himself as a cricketer’s president, Ganguly said it’s not him but Kohli who should hog the limelight. “Kohli will always be the most important person in Indian cricket. Our job will be to provide him the maximum and best of support,” he reiterated.

Ganguly said he wants to leave a mark as BCCI president. “I will always do my best. May be I will not always be right, but there will be no questions about my intent,” he assured.

The former India skipper also felt he has an added responsibility of upholding the image of cricketers as administrators. “I feel I am a representative of world cricketers. I don’t want to hear people saying cricketers are not good administrators at the end of my tenure,” he pointed out.

He got wholehearted backing from former India teammates VVS Laxman and his first international captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who were special invitees to the function. While Laxman urged Ganguly to revive the National Cricket Academy, Azharuddin wanted him to carry on with the same passion that he showed while leading the Indian team.

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