Former BCCI President and India captain Sourav Ganguly recently opened up on the comparison between batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and swashbuckling batter Virat Kohli. However, his comments came after Kohli hit his 45th ODI century and he is currently 4 short of touching Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI hundreds record.
When asked who is better between the two, Ganguly said: “It is a difficult question to answer.” He further said, “Kohli is a fantastic player. He has played many such innings, 45 hundreds don’t happen like this. He is a special talent. There will be periods when he will not score, but he is a special player.”
However, the veteran has also opined on India opener Ishan Kishan’s future. He stated that his time will also come as the management backed another talented youngster – Shubmna Gill in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. While many raised questions after captain Rohit Sharma said that Gill will get a fair run instead of Kishan in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka, Gill managed to keep the faith with a stunning fifty as well.
“I am sure he will get his chance. His time will come” – Sourav Ganguly on Ishan Kishan
During the 1st ODI, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma, stitched a 143-run opening partnership before Virat Kohli’s century helped India to post 373/7 in Guwahati. Although Dasun Shanaka hit a century, his heroics went in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series as well.
“I am sure he (Kishan) will get his chance. His time will come,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile, several former India players, including Venkatesh Prasad, criticised the selection but Sourav Ganguly gave a diplomatic answer as well.
“I don’t know… It is difficult for me to say. In India, we have too many opinions, let (head coach) Rahul Dravid and (skipper) Rohit Sharma decide. People who actually play the game should actually decide who is the best,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.