The system is strong: Sourav Ganguly enlists reasons behind team India’s success


New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has lauded the Indian team for their inspiring success in recent times and highlighted several aspects of that made the team dominate the world of cricket, and why team India is best in the business.

Needless to say team India, under the captainship of Virat Kohli has achieved some tremendous feats. Ever since international cricket resumed Team India has been showcasing its excellence in both home and overseas. They beat Australia in their own backyard and registered one of the biggest overseas victory in history to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Gabba. They also outclassed the England side across all three formats at home. Now the next assignment would be to win the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, and then a five-match series against England.

“The system is strong domestic cricket, NCA (National Cricket Academy), coaches. The IPL is also a reason. Fairness of selection; only the best gets picked. There is transparency. The cricket system is robust. Four-day and T20 (cricket) are different, but the IPL does help. Gives confidence that you can play at this level. Talent is important and adjustment is not a problem,” said Ganguly.

Ganguly, who had taken his team to remarkable heights during his captaincy days, including the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003. When asked whether the current generation could be compared with the one in 2003, the 48 year old opined that they are two different generations as they made remarkable progress back then. Having been involved with both of the phases, Ganguly lauded the present crop for doing extremely well and refused to compare.

“These are two different generations. This is a superb phase. We drew with Australia in Australia, beat England in England and Pakistan in Pakistan. Won in New Zealand, too. It was a glorious phase. This team is doing so well. I leave it at that. What happened in 2003, can’t be compared with 2021. I was involved both times captain and now the BCCI president,” the former skipper added.


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