Ganguly backs Kohli on cramped schedule issue

Lawrence Cooper
November 26, 2017

In the captaincy of Ganguly, India made a place in the ICC World Cup final in 2003, but lost to Australia. "It was an eye opener". Earlier in the day, Kohli, while addressing a media conference, said that the team has not been provided with sufficient time for preparation of matches and blamed the management's poor planning for it. He's passionate, honest... He looks after his players and when you see someone like him running Indian cricket, you know there's transparency. "He said, "(Jagmohan) Dalmiya called me and said "why you don't you try for six months". Reminding onlookers about his name etched on the honour's board, the 45-year old insisted that his debut Test century in 1996 was a lot more special moment than his shirtless saga at the same venue.

"Not many captains in the world would go from not being captain to not even being in the side".

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“You look at Dhoni. Being dropped and getting selected are part and parcel of every sport. Kohli also said that the issue of the team not having time to prepare for crucial away series should be looked into. "My first Ranji Trophy game back in 1990 when I had gone to play for Bengal had earned me Rs 400". "I went to Australia the last time and I saw Virat with his girlfriend. That's how it should be". Asked to compare Tendulkar and Kohli, Ganguly said they are from different generations. "It's not right to compare because these are two cricketers who are from two different generations". I've seen Sachin very closely and some of the runs he's got, some of the match-winning knocks that he's had is fantastic, and you see Virat Kohli now. "So as a captain, as a leader I had to get that atmosphere going on the ground and it had to start from me", Ganguly said. He has got 30 odd in about nine years. "It's a terrific feeling to have seen Sachin and now you are seeing this boy". He's a lot more expressive and proactive as captain than Sachin. "It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli".

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