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Sat, 3 Apr 2021

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he is obsessed with India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he is obsessed with in-form India batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been in sublime form ever since his thrilling knock in the Sydney Test versus Australia.

The former India captain was answering a question on his favourite players in the current Indian cricket team. Ganguly started by saying that he shouldn't pick one over the other as he was the BCCI president.

The 48-year-old went on to praise a bunch of Team India players after publicly admitting his obsession for Pant. Ganguly, stated that he enjoys watching the batting of India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy in the white-ball format Rohit Sharma. He expressed his liking for pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami before giving Shardul Thakur a huge compliment

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"All [among current cricketers] are fantastic players. As president of the BCCI, I shouldn't pick one over the other. I enjoy Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's batting. I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant. I like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. I like Shardul Thakur because he has got guts," said Sourav Ganguly after he was asked to pick his favourite India cricketers on a Youtube chat show by Classplus.

Notably, Sourav Ganguly was Rishabh Pant's mentor at Delhi Capitals two seasons ago. The 23-year-old has been named the franchise's captain for the IPL 2021 season after Shreyas Iyer was ruled due to a shoulder injury.

Ganguly said India always had enough talent to provide a good supply line. “When (Sunil) Gavaskar was there people used to think what will happen after him. People thought, what after Kapil Dev? Then (Sachin) Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble came. When Tendulkar and Dravid left, people thought what now? Then Kohli and Rohit, Pant and Bumrah came. India has so much talent that we can have world beaters in every generation.”

Ganguly, who himself changed the face of India cricket with his aggressive captaincy and never-die-attitude, said that he also adores Thakur because "he has got guts".

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