Ganguly: Kohli needs to be more consistent with team selection

Sourav Ganguly admitted that Kohli needs to give consistent opportunities to his players to help them gain their confidence and rhythm back.

Sourav Ganguly during a promotional event in Mumbai on Friday.   -  PTI

As the Indian cricket team started its campaign in the World Test Championship (WTC) against the West Indies on Thursday, the cricket fans across the globe were surprised to see Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav being left out of the playing eleven. Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, too admitted that he was surprised to see the three players missing out and suggested that India captain Virat Kohli should be a bit more consistent with the players.

"Virat needs to just be a bit more consistent— pick players and give them a bit more consistent opportunities — for them to get that confidence, rhythm, I have said that before. You saw how Shreyas Iyer played in that ODI series (against West Indies), you pick him and you give him the freedom to play those matches and I think that needs to happen with a lot of players and I am sure Virat will do that," Ganguly said during a meet and greet session.

"I was surprised to see Kuldeep Yadav left out because the last Test he played against Australia, he got five wickets in Sydney on a good flat pitch. But Jadeja also has been in good form, the surface yesterday at Antigua needed three fast bowlers because we saw the seam movement the fast bowlers got and it was a question of the spin," Ganguly said."

"Ashwin’s record is phenomenal to leave him out in the West Indies, so it’s a decision which Kohli has made and we will find out in next couple of days whether how far Jadeja goes on to pick wickets on this surface," the former captain said. Having played in the West Indies in the past, Ganguly feels that the pitch will get up and down, as the game progresses. "You can see that sort of indication from the first day of the Test, we will have to wait to see but that’s the competition of Indian cricket," Ganguly said.

 

This meet and greet session was organised by My 11 Circle.