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Did Virat Want Ashwin To Play T20 World Cup? Here’s What Sourav Ganguly Said


New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly spoke candidly about Team India’s senior off-spinner R Ashwin’s return to white ball cricket. Ganguly also revealed that on whose behalf Ashwin got a place in the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

The BCCI chief hailed Ashwin for making a great comeback in white-ball cricket.

“I wasn’t sure whether he would be part of the white-ball team again. But then Virat Kohli wanted him to be part of the World Cup. And, whatever little bit of opportunity he got, I thought he was superb,” Ganguly said on the chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’.

In the T20 World Cup, Ashwin had picked three wickets and also played an important role in India’s series win over Kiwis under newly-appointed T20 skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid.

“Everybody speaks about him. Look at Rahul Dravid’s statement after the (Kanpur) Test match – he called him an all-time great. You don’t need rocket science to judge Ashwin’s talent. My appreciation just comes from what I see. It may be Ashwin, it may be (Shreyas) Iyer, it may be Rohit (Sharma), it may be Virat (Kohli),” Ganguly added.

Meanwhile, there are constant reports of a clash between team India’s senior players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli over the ODI and Test captaincy of the national team. The Indian team is slated to fly to South Africa in next few days, where they will play a series of three Tests and as many ODIs.


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