Before the 2021 T20 World Cup final, Former India captain Sourav Ganguly backed New Zealand to emerge the winner. They are all set to take on Australia in the summit clash on Sunday in Dubai. However, both teams are yet to win a T20 World Cup as well.
However, Sourav Ganguly said that it might be New Zealand’s time to shine in International cricket more now. His comments came as New Zealand have been quite consistent for the last few years across formats. They already won the World Test Championship (WTC) beating India in the final.
“I feel it is New Zealand’s time in world sport. Australia are a great nation, but they have had a tough time for a while, though they have been a great cricketing country. New Zealand has a lot more guts and character than we see on TV. They won the World Test Championship a few months ago. It’s a small country but it’s got a lot of steel. I have the feeling that it is indeed New Zealand’s time,” said Ganguly while speaking at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair on Saturday.
“They will bounce back” – Sourav Ganguly on India’s campaign
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On the other hand, Sourav Ganguly was confident that the Indian team will soon bounce back strongly and win many trophies soon as well.
Notably, India failed to reach the knockout stages after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games.
“Expectations were undoubtedly very high, but I was happy to see that a majority of the people had the heart to accept the result. They were upset, but they did not overreact. At the end of the day – Bumrah, Shami, Rohit, and Kohli are all human beings. It was just a matter of two bad games. That’s 40 overs of bad cricket. They will bounce back, and within a year or so, we will see the same boys lifting trophies,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.
Team India will next take on New Zealand in a 3-match T20I series and two Tests as well, starting later this month.