I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant because he is an absolute match-winner: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly also praised the likes of Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said that he is obsessed with Rishabh Pant and believes that he is a watch-winner. Ganguly, previously, spent time with Pant during a season of the IPL with Delhi Capitals when the former was an advisor. During a recent interaction, on being asked about his favourite player, he mentioned Pant briefly.
The former Indian captain, rightly noted that he shouldn’t pinpoint one player as his favourite because he is the president of the BCCI, but went on to praise several players of the current Indian team. He mentioned the Indian captain Virat Kohli and star batsman, Rohit Sharma. Ganguly has been holding the position of BCCI chief since October 2019.
“There are some fantastic players and I think as President of the Board I should not say who is my favourite player. All are favourite to me but I enjoy Kohli, I enjoy Rohit Sharma,” Ganguly said during an interactive session organised by the online tutorial app, Classplus.
There is immense cricketing talent in India: Sourav Ganguly
The Prince of Kolkata further went on to praise Rishabh along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. He also had some words of praise for Shardul Thakur, whose recent form with the ball has been impressive.
“I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant because I think he is just an absolute match-winner. Jasprit Bumrah is good, Mohammed Shami is good, I like Shardul Thakur a lot because he has got the courage and guts,” Ganguly added.
The BCCI president thereafter said that there is a pool of talent in Indian cricket and the system will keep producing world-class cricketers. He took the names of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, who all took over the mantle of Indian cricket from Sunil Gavaskar, and then passed it to Kohli, Sharma and now Pant.
“There is immense cricketing talent in India. When (Sunil) Gavaskar was there people used to think about what will happen after him, then came (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Rahul) Dravid, Anil Kumble. When Tendulkar, Dravid left, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant took over,” Ganguly added.