- Sourav Ganguly confront media after filing nomination.
- Team India needs to focus on Major Tournaments.
Sourav Ganguly confront media for the first time when he returns to home-town after filing nomination for the BCCI president election. Ganguly facing questions on his nomination, Indian cricket team and administrative issues of BCCI. The former Indian captain said: Indian cricket administration going through an ‘emergency period’.
Dada’s suggestion to team India:
BCCI president-in-waiting said: “India is a good team. Now Captain Virat Kohli needs to focus on win the major ICC tournaments. In the last seven major tournaments, they play well except the semifinals and the final. Hopefully, Virat can break this jinx soon.”
Dada told about the Kolkata based wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha that “His wicket-keeping skills are world-class but if he wants to play 100 matches he needs to score runs for the team.”
Ganguly also expressed his opinion about the controversies:
Questions were also asked about his tussle with Greg Chappell during 2005-2006. When he lost captaincy to Rahul Dravid and dropped from both ODI and Test sides. Although he makes a strong comeback in 2007.
However, it is widely believed that Ganguly was persuaded by the national selectors to retire in 2008, although he wanted to continue playing for team India.
Journalists tried to ask about the controversies during his career but Dada denied every question with great clarity. He said that if he had to face political interference than he would never become a successful player.
“Only three Indian cricketers played more than 300 ODIs and 100 Test matches. Sachin, Dravid, and Ganguly. This would have been impossible if we face politics or injustice.” the former skipper said.
Role as a BCCI president:
When media describe new role as “the Bengal tiger is back”. Ganguly smile and said: “You can say ‘back in Bengal’.”
Defining any comparison with the last BCCI president of Kolkata, the late Jagmohan Dalmiya. Ganguly said, “Whatever he achieved as an administrator. If I can achieve even 50% of that, then I will consider myself successful. “
He said he will operate from both the board headquarters Kolkata and Mumbai.