Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who turned 48 on Wednesday, revealed the names of the five players from the current Indian side that he would have loved to have on his Test team.
Ganguly changed the face of Indian cricket with his fearless captaincy, having taken over the reins of the side in 2000 post the match-fixing scandal. Under his leadership, the team went on to win several accolades and mark many important milestones.
With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, V.V.S. Laxman, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, the Indian team won Test series against top teams in the world and also made it to the final of the 2003 World Cup.
In a chat with cricketer Mayank Agarwal on his show ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ on bcci.tv, Ganguly was asked to pick five cricketers from the current side for his team.
“It’s a very tough question as I feel every generation the players are different… In your current team, I would have loved to have Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the side. I would not pick you (Mayank) as I had Virender Sehwag. I’ll go for Bumrah and Zaheer at the other end. I would also go for Mohammad Shami after Javagal Srinath retired.”
“I had Harbhajan and Anil Kumble on my side, so Ashwin would be my third spinner. I would be very tempted to have Ravindra Jadeja also,” the BCCI president said.
Ganguly has played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs in his career for India, smassing 7,213 runs and 11,363 runs in the respective formats.
He was appointed the BCCI president last year in October after his stint with the Cricket Association of Bengal.