Had I been Dhoni, Kohli wouldn’t have bowled the last over: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian Cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MS Dhoni had seemed to gone for another one of his gambles when he gave the responsibility of bowling the last over to Virat Kohli and asked him to defend 8 runs against Simmons and Russell. There have been many surprising moves from the Indian captain in this World T20 like asking Hardik Pandya to bowl the last over against Bangladesh. But bowling Virat in the last over was the biggest surprise by Dhoni. India lost the match by 7 wickets and were knocked out of the World T20 2016.

But former India captain Sourav Ganguly had a different take on the situation. Speaking at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Ganguly, who is now the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal said that, “the two best bowlers of the side should bowl the 19th and 20th overs. It is easy to say a lot of things in AC rooms but to do them on the field is difficult. Had I been Dhoni, Kohli wouldn’t have bowled the last over. I would have given him an over right after the one in which he took a wicket.”


Ganguly said that giving Kohli the last over was not a good move and if he was the captain of the team, he would have given the last over to a more experienced bowler. But Dhoni’s 3 best bowlers went for big runs in the semi-finals with Ashwin going for 20 runs off his 2 overs, Jadeja going for 48 runs in his 4 overs and Pandya going for 43 runs in his 4 overs.

Ganguly said the best bowlers of the team should bowl the crucial 19th and 20th over of the match. He also picked his favorites for the winners of World T20 saying that West Indies were a little ahead, because of their big hitting batsmen.

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