KOLKATA: Former India captain
for its World T20 semifinal against England, saying he faced the same fate when he was the peak of his career.
Mithali, the ODI captain, had two back-to-back fifties against Pakistan and Ireland but was rested for the final league game against Australia due to a knee issue and also did not feature in India’s eight-wicket semifinal loss to England.
“No! I too have sat in the dugout after captaining India. When I saw Mithali Raj being dropped, I said ‘Welcome to the group’,” Ganguly said at the Tollygunge Club here.
“Captains are asked to sit, so just do it.” I have not done an ODI game for 15 months when I was probably the best performer in one-day cricket. In the world are on the show shown door, “the 46-year-old said recalling the 2006 second Test against Pakistan.
Ganguly, however, said it’s not the end of the road for Mithali.
“You should always remember you’re the best because you have something and there is a chance again.” I said, “I am very disappointed seeing Mithali Raj being asked out to sit out.” .
“But I’m disappointed that India lost the semifinals because I thought they had the team to go the distance. It happens as they say there is no guarantee in life.”
Commenting on World Cup winning former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who’s form is on the wane of late, Ganguly said he still has the power in him to hit big sixes and should be allowed to go on a high.
“He’s another champion .. Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else has to perform. There is a must in life: whatever you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much you have he has said, “he said.
“I wish him all the luck, because I want to go on a high. I still feel he can hit the ball in the stands. He’s a phenomenal cricketer,” Ganguly said.
Asked about his take on the 2019 World Cup lineup, Ganguly said: “I am not a selector but I expect 85 to 90 percent of team team to play in the World Cup.”
Talking on India skipper
, Ganguly said: “He’s phenomenal Look at his numbers. He wears his hat on his sleeves and India needs a captain like him for whom winning means everything. I wish him all luck.”
A 145-page report by the Ethics Center review in Australian Cricket has refuted the “erroneous” view that CA had overseen a ‘win at all costs’ policy.
With their series against Australia already underway, Ganguly said winning will be the way
“Nobody wants to go there and lose. In your travel to the tag of winning-at-all-costs, you can still do the right things by crossing the line. Lot of champions have done it.
, Steve Waugh, “Ganguly said, adding that the Aussies have” be careful “of not repeating another ball tampering scandal.