Former India captain and a historic cricket figure, Sourav Ganguly, recently said that one cannot analyse a cricketer’s skill and quality, based on the money that he receives in the Indian Premier League auction deals. Speaking about the insane pay-cheques that the IPL players are getting, the President of Cricket Association of Bengal said, “IPL has no rationale.”
At a recent event held for the launch of the 20th edition of Shelly’s Cricket Year Book put together by sports journalist Debasish Datta, the President of Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav Ganguly was asked why Wriddhiman Saha, who is India’s first choice wicket-keeper, was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 5 crore, and Dinesh Karthik, who is struggling to find space in the India cricket team, fetched INR 7.4 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders.
“IPL has no rationale, it is supply and demand. Jaydev Unadkat (who has played one Test, seven ODIs and four T20Is and purchased by Rajasthan Royals for ₹11.5 crore) is the highest paid Indian player,” was Ganguly’s reply to the journalist’s question, as reported by the Times of India.
“Don’t judge players by the amount of money they get in the IPL.Hashim Amla went unsold and he has 54 international hundreds while Ishan Kishan gets over Rs 6 crore having played only Ranji Trophy,” Sourav Ganguly further added.
Sourav Ganguly was asked whether South Africa made a mistake in their strategy for the 3rd test match, which India won by 63 runs. He said, “Maybe. But in South Africa you don’t get such pitches. I have played five-six times there and I think it was an accident. In future, it won’t happen.”
“When India won the toss, I thought they would win. I knew the more time will pass, the pitch will get worse. The same thing happened in 2006. We won the toss, batted first and we won.”
Speaking about India’s chances in the ongoing ODI series and the performance of the current Indian captain Virat Kohli, the former opener said, “He is remarkable. He is one of the best in the world at the moment.”
It’s 50-50 now after India’s Jo’burg Test win. It won’t be easy in South African conditions. The advantage is that A.B. de Villiers is not there (for the first three matches). He is a huge name. Virat has to score runs for India to win the series.”
Sourav Ganguly backs India U19 to win the ICC U19 World Cup under Rahul Dravid
While the senior Indian team is battling it out in South Africa, India Under-19 team are getting ready to take on Australia in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Final this weekend. Ganguly expressed his happiness at seeing the youngsters doing so well in foreign conditions.
“India will win the under-19 World Cup. Shubman Gill, (Kamlesh) Nagarkoti, (Shivam) Mavi, Ishan Porel are all exceptional talent.”
“The Indian cricket system is so good that the structure has been made and without structure you cannot produce cricketers. These players are products of the Indian cricket structure. In the next five years, Indian cricket, save Australia and England, will be the best in the world.”
“I hope they win under Rahul (Dravid). They won convincingly in every game. They beat Australia by more than 100 runs and hope they do it in the final also,” concluded Sourav Ganguly.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has always been very outspoken when it comes to speaking out his opinion regarding the state of cricket in India. Whether it is the selection of the India captain, coach, or just the performance of Team India, the 45-year-old has always found a space to voice his opinion.