Sourav Ganguly refuses to comment on Ravi Shastri’s ‘best team’ remark, wishes him good luck

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has wished coach Ravi Shastri “all the best” for his coaching stint with Team India, which is in Sri Lanka for a full-fledged series.India crushed the hosts by 304 runs at Galle last week to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. And the world number one Test side are firm favourites to wrap up the series in a country where Test wins have been rare for touring teams.WATCH FULL VIDEOIt was, however, in Sri Lanka back in 2015 that India began their resurgence under the Virat Kohli-Shastri combine. MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket a few months ago and Kohli stepped into his shoes perfectly, leading India to their first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 1993.The former captain looked back at the tour of 2015 and reminded everyone that some of the biggest names in Indian cricket had never won a series in Sri Lanka, something Kohli’s team has done. (Colombo Test: Lokesh Rahul to return as India eye eighth successive series win)”This team has been there with each other for two years and they are much more experienced now,” Shastri said.”They have already done things a lot of Indian teams and a lot of big names could not do in their careers. Like for example, win a series here (in Sri Lanka) for the first time in over 20 years. (Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund will have to make way for KL Rahul: Virat Kohli)”There have been a lot of big names who have played for 20 years, they have come to Sri Lanka many times and never won a series. This team is used to doing things a lot of other teams have not done,” he said.advertisementHowever, former India captain Ganguly has refused to comment on Shastri’s remark but hopes the coach carries Indian cricket forward.”To be honest, I don’t have much to say on this. Wish him all the best. Given him a job to do till the World Cup in 2019 and hopefully he will get the Cup and does the job,” Ganguly told India Today.However, Ganguly reminded that under his captaincy India won series in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years.”You’re forgetting the win in Pakistan for the first time in Pakistan in 15 years. Also the win in England in 2007. Won’t go into comparisons. Wish him all the best. Want the team to do well and hopefully he will do well in the years to come,” he added.KOHLI EYES RECORDKohli’s team is on the verge of winning eighth successive Test series victory and they are firm favourites to do so when they take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo from Thursday.Ganguly admitted he admires Kohli’s batting and said the current skipper has improved as a captain.”Virat has improved immensely as a captain. He got the ingredients of a good captain. He’s hungry, he’s himself a remarkable player. I like to sit on the sofa and watch him on TV. He got the ability and there’s no doubt about it,” he said.”Not thinking too far ahead. Looking forward to watching the next Test match in Sri Lanka.”Ganguly also pointed out that Sri Lanka face a herculean task against the rampaging Indian team.”They (Sri Lanka) have to play well to compete against this team. They were down and out against Zimbabwe but somehow they managed to win. They got hammered in the first. It’s going to be an herculean task. Sri Lanka will have to do things out of the box and see if they can compete with India,” he said.PUJARA APPROACHES MILESTONEAfter Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara is set to play his 50th Test. Pujara averages 52 and Ganguly is mighty impressed with the Saurashtra batsman.”Remarkable numbers. He’s half-way through now. You expect him to play 100 Tests. He doesn’t play ODI and T20 cricket. You bring him back in Tests and he hits the stride straight away. The good thing about him is that he went to county cricket and that has helped him. I said a year ago when he was dropped against the West Indies that they should play him at No. 3 and I was not wrong,” Ganguly said.Ganguly also said that he feels Abhinav Mukund will have to make way for Lokesh Rahul, who missed the first Test due to viral fever. Mukund though presented a case for himself with 81 in the second innings after Shikhar Dhawan smashed his career-best 190.advertisement”Mukund shouldn’t be disheartened. He has presented his case and he will get his time,” he said.last_img

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