Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting On India’s No. 4: Pujara & Rishabh Pant Promising For The World Cup

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Highlights

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly surprised everyone with Cheteshwar Pujara as his choice for the No. 4 position.
  • Ganguly also praised wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. He said that in the next ten years, the 21-year-old will be an asset to the Indian cricket team.
  • Former Australia captain and current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, when asked about India's number 4 issue, also picked the 21-year-old Pant.

The No. 4 blank space in the Indian Cricket Team

The number 4 conundrum for the Indian Cricket team has been going on since Yuvraj Singh was neglected from the side, that is well over 4 years. Numerous players have been tried and tested – namely – Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Vijay Shankar. Various former cricketers have weighed in on the matter in the last couple of weeks.

Delhi Capitals advisor and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly surprised everyone with his choice and when asked about it. He said Cheteshwar Pujara as his pick for the No. 4 position.

“I suggested Pujara’s name because he’s in great form. We’ve seen how well he did in Australia. I’ve seen Rahul Dravid playing World Cup and excelling at number four and five. We used to assign him a role. So I suggest, if you don’t have a ready number four batsman, you can consider Pujara,” Ganguly said on Tuesday.

 

“Many choices are there but I think the IPL will in a way decide who will get that position,” he added.

Indian great Ganguly also praised wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. He said that in the next ten years, the 21-year-old will be an asset to the Indian cricket team.

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All praises for Delhi Capitals’ player Rishabh Pant

“The biggest problem with Rishabh is how less game time he is getting in limited overs. MS Dhoni is an absolute champion and he plays most of the matches. Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody. The reason he succeeds in test cricket is that he plays it consistently.”

“How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia? And he scored them at ease, it’s not that he struggled… for me, he’s your future. For the next 10 years, you’ll see that boy a lot in all formats… He’ll be a huge asset to the Indian team in the years to come,” Ganguly said.

Rishabh Pant is Ricky Ponting’s favourite too

 

Former Australia captain and current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, when asked about India’s number 4 issue, he picked the 21-year-old Pant.

“If I were an Indian selector, I’d be picking him in the World Cup squad and I’d play him as a batter. I’d play him at number four in the Indian team. He’s that sort of guy with that sort of talent who can win you World Cup. He’s just got that X-factor…,” the former Australia great said.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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