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Cheteshwar Pujara would be my ideal No.4 for World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly debunks ODI myths

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"See, I am going to say something that might not sound believable to many viewers and a lot of people might laugh at my suggestion. But for me, Cheteshwar Pujara should be India's No.4 in ODIs. His fielding might be a bit weak but he is a very good batsman. I know people will be shocked by my claim but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried off late, I think Pujara is the best choice," Ganguly revealed.

Dada is confident that Pujara might be able to fill in the shoes of another legend Rahul Dravid in the Indian one-day side.

"I believe Pujara has the capability to perform the role that Rahul Dravid used to do for India in ODIs. But this would have been my personal decision and I know a lot of people won't agree with me on this. Sometimes, you need solidity in one-day cricket and Pujara provides you with that in ample measure. Especially, when your top 3 batsmen are so capable and are scoring a mountain of runs," added Dada.

While MS Dhoni remains the No.1 choice for the wicket-keeper's role, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant have also staked their claims for the spot in recent times although bearing less satisfying results. In the Prince of Kolkata's opinion, there could arise a situation wherein both the stumpers might fail to make it to the squad.

"I would back Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik. The latter has played a lot of cameos but we haven't seen him play a big innings while pulling the team out of trouble like Kedar Jadhav does for India. So, if I have to choose one amongst the two, I would go for Pant as he is a player of the future.

"But it is quite possible that none of either Pant or Karthik are selected for the World Cup. The way they have backed Vijay Shankar recently, it is possible that none of the two frontline backup wicket-keepers will make it to England. So in the event that Shankar is chosen, only one amongst KL Rahul, Pant and Karthik will be selected," elaborated Ganguly.

On the question of India's chances at the quadrennial event, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief said that it is still 'too early' to predict but Kohli must have figured the squad out already.

"There is still a lot of time left in the World Cup so it is difficult to predict India's chances at the event now. But it seems that Virat Kohli has already figured out who his Nos. 4 & 5 will be at the World Cup. I guess it will be Dhoni at five with Rayudu slotting in at the vital fourth position. Experimentation during the recent series against Australia was fine by me as you always want to look for talent but Kohli seems to have almost figured out the squad for England. 

"I'm not sure that KL Rahul has proved his worth for the World Cup. He has got many chances to reverse his fortunes but his international form has dipped in the past couple of years. We have backed him before but as was seen on the recent tours of Australia and New Zealand, Rahul wasn't able to inspire confidence amongst the captain or the viewers," Ganguly signed off by saying.

Link - https://www.indiatvnews.com/sports/cricket-exclusive-cheteshwar-pujara-would-be-my-ideal-no-4-for-the-world-cup-2019-sourav-ganguly-debunks-odi-myths-509178

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Personally for one dayers i would have even picked Manish Pandey over Rayudu. He is striking at 171 in this syed mustaq ali tournament. LIttle bit of international experience.  Also a gun fielder on the boundary.

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If they want someone like QUinton De Kock they would bring isan Kishan in. Don't know about his keeping
Miles better than pant but people would call me biased since he is from my city :)

Even while batting when he gets going he is more destructive than pant but his problem is he doesn't know how to stop. Pant had that in him since start. How to sustain.

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24 minutes ago, sscomp32 said:

Miles better than pant but people would call me biased since he is from my city :)

Even while batting when he gets going he is more destructive than pant but his problem is he doesn't know how to stop. Pant had that in him since start. How to sustain.

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Kishan is inferior against Pacers, good against spin.

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1 hour ago, rkt.india said:

Kishan is inferior against Pacers, good against spin.

And what has Pant achieved against pace to proclaim he is superior to Kishan in that regard?

I also so believe Kishan has better of range of strokes than Pant, lacking in patience as of now. Hope he gets into Ind squad later this year.

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I am friend of former ranji trophy player 

Amit Shroff of Gujarat.he  toured England under Bharat Reddy's Deputy in Indian school cricket.he put on 100 run partnership Vs england playing for west zone

 

He and I suggest RahaNE # 4

He is better fielder too.

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34 minutes ago, Starpower said:

I am friend of former ranji trophy player 

Amit Shroff of Gujarat.he  toured England under Bharat Reddy's Deputy in Indian school cricket.he put on 100 run partnership Vs england playing for west zone

 

He and I suggest RahaNE # 4

He is better fielder too.

This guy is sharing experience. Listen to him. 

 

On the same notion, I watched Pintu Parcha’s clips for 2 hours yesterday on Youtube. I believe he will be easily able to adapt to british conditions and aid our batting line up. 

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I wouldnt laugh away Dada's suggestion,Pujara has some brilliant knocks in domestic ODI's like Challenger Trophy,Vijay Hazare etc.Problem is with Dhoni in the middle order everyone else has to bat at a higher gear.

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Nitish Rana and sarfaraz are only 2 players who stood out for me , ideal for our middle order . Pant was always a big risk , though he’s played in the middle order as long as you don’t have singles game it’s difficult to be consistent there. There is a big gap otherwise even in domestic for quality middle order bats .

 

 

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Tells you how many people blindly listen to Ganguly are foolish. 

 

Pujara has shown no ability at all to be a positive contributor in limited overs.LEt him get a spot in a IPL side before we declare him as a world cup number 4

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I think pujara strike rate will be better than dhoni

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3 hours ago, jusarrived said:

Nitish Rana and sarfaraz are only 2 players who stood out for me , ideal for our middle order . Pant was always a big risk , though he’s played in the middle order as long as you don’t have singles game it’s difficult to be consistent there. There is a big gap otherwise even in domestic for quality middle order bats .

 

 

India should go back to their conventional way of identify classy stroke players. NOt slambang sloggers. Everybody that has seen Subhman Gill has already pronounced him as a future legend. Although he missed a couple of chances, it was too soon too drop him altogether. This guy can win a match on his own. India is known for producing such type of batsmen. Not sloggers, muscle hitters.

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Pujara's strike rate will be better than Rayudu & Dhoni. But you never know when his inner Gavaskar will come out & will start doing a blockathon. 

He did score 2 T20 centuries this year.Also scored well in LOIs in county season.

They should simply give KLR/Pant that 4th spot & back them.They wasted that 4th spot with hacks like Rayudu.

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With the new rules in odi, we need batsman who can hit a boundary every over when the field comes up. 

Imagine Dhoni and Pujara batting together...the opposition won't try to dislodge, and why would they 

Pujara is out of question no way.. 

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1 minute ago, beetle said:

Woh daredevils the..

Yeh Delhi Capitals hain !!:dc:

 

Trust me previous owner has set this up, once DC win's their first title,there will be many more. It could be 10 years from now or 15 but will eventually happen. All hail the supreme leader

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On 3/16/2019 at 7:52 AM, Lannister said:

This is the reason you could never able to win World cup under your leadership. Always conservative with your approach and afraid to take bold decisions. There's also some regional bias still dwelling within him and a bitter person to the core. Keep him away from the Indian Cricket. 

Not sure how much you remember his time but sourav finished aakash chopra by playing yuvi as a test opener. 

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On 3/15/2019 at 4:53 PM, Cricketics said:

Some of these past cricketers still have major "sadma" from the 2007 World Cup. 

Its a sad fact, but not all cricketers are mentally astute enough to recognize and keep pace with the game's evolution.  This is what leads to the existence of "In my days, we did this - it should still work today" brigade.  

 

I have a lot of love for gangu for his contributions to the Indian team as a player, and as captain.  He should get proper credit for instilling a protocol in the team management to give new players a decent proper run before being dropped - without him, our selectors could well have gone down the road that greenbro selectors still can't avoid.  Chopping and changing constantly and screwing the team over.  Our current team mgmt still makes mistakes, but for better or worse, the selectors tend to stick with new players for an extended period.  Sure, it leads to the occasional Shardhul Thakur, but that's cost of doing business.  And Saurav's captaincy was instrumental in getting such a policy in place.

 

But tactically, Ganguly was never a great captain.  And his public advocacy of Pujara for ODI cricket in 2019 is more evidence of that.   

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2 hours ago, sandeep said:

Its a sad fact, but not all cricketers are mentally astute enough to recognize and keep pace with the game's evolution.  This is what leads to the existence of "In my days, we did this - it should still work today" brigade.  

 

I have a lot of love for gangu for his contributions to the Indian team as a player, and as captain.  He should get proper credit for instilling a protocol in the team management to give new players a decent proper run before being dropped - without him, our selectors could well have gone down the road that greenbro selectors still can't avoid.  Chopping and changing constantly and screwing the team over.  Our current team mgmt still makes mistakes, but for better or worse, the selectors tend to stick with new players for an extended period.  Sure, it leads to the occasional Shardhul Thakur, but that's cost of doing business.  And Saurav's captaincy was instrumental in getting such a policy in place.

 

But tactically, Ganguly was never a great captain.  And his public advocacy of Pujara for ODI cricket in 2019 is more evidence of that.   

Agree to each word, well put. Indeed Ganguly instilled that factor od “long run” but wasn’t the best captain in terms of tactics and shrewd mind.

 

 

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