Ganguly hopeful of ATK's progress

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of a positive result from defending champions Atletico de Kolkata who are on the brink of exit after their 0-3 loss to Chennaiyin FC in the first-leg semifinal of Indian Super League.

Sourav Ganguly hopeful of Atletico de Kolkata making it to the next stage.   -  PTI

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of a positive result from defending champions Atletico de Kolkata who are on the brink of exit after their 0-3 loss to Chennaiyin FC in the first-leg semifinal of Indian Super League.

“It’s tough but that’s the way it is. This team has in the past scored four goals. It will do even if it’s 3-0... (Then) it will go to shootout,” the ATK co-owner told reporters here today.

In their home leg of the semis, ATK face Chennaiyin FC at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan Wednesday and Ganguly admitted that they had a poor outing in Pune where the first leg was held.

“Chennai played better than us. You don’t always become champions. Even Germany and Brazil are good teams but do they win the World Cup always? We have not played well.”

Ganguly further refused to comment on IPL players draft for the two new franchises — Pune and Rajkot.

Asked whether India skipper MS Dhoni should be picked for Pune, he said: “Let the team owners decide that. I’m not involved.”

The Cricket Association of Bengal president earlier announced their tie-up with Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.

Apollo will provide healthcare support to CAB players and affiliated clubs besides providing first aid kits including stretcher to all 18 CAB first division clubs.