Rishabh Pant is an absolute match-winner: Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly heaped praise on young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who will be leading Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL.

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.   -  Getty Images

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said the country could produce world beaters in every generation of cricketers.

Asked about his favourite cricketer in the present Indian side, Ganguly, also a former India skipper, refrained from taking any one particular name.

“There are some fantastic players and as the Board president I should not say who is my favourite player. They are all my favourites.

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“I enjoy (Virat) Kohli, Rohit Sharma, I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant because he is an absolute match-winner. Jasprit Bumrah is good, Mohammed Shami is also good. I like Shardul Thakur a lot because he has the courage and guts to perform at the top level,” said Ganguly during an online interaction organised by digital educational platform Classplus.

Ganguly said India always had enough talent to provide a good supply line. “When (Sunil) Gavaskar was there people used to think what will happen after him. People thought, what after Kapil Dev? Then (Sachin) Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble came. When Tendulkar and Dravid left, people thought what now? Then Kohli and Rohit, Pant and Bumrah came. India has so much talent that we can have world beaters in every generation.”

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Looking back at his long illustrious career, Ganguly shared several life lessons including the gains from his forgettable India debut in Australia in 1992.

“It helped me become a better player because when I went to England in 1996, I was much stronger. I knew what it took to score runs at the international level, I had another four years of domestic cricket under my belt.

“Those four years increased my knowledge of cricket and improved my skills. That was a blessing in disguise for me. Failures take you forward,” said Ganguly.