Sourav Ganguly backs Rohit Sharma to become first batsman to score T20 double-ton

Sudhir Gupta 15:01 05/04/2018
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Ganguly, Tendulkar and Rohit share a light moment.

According to former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, the day is not far away when Rohit Sharma will score a double ton in T20 cricket.

Ganguly made the claim during the book launch of his latest autobiography ‘A Century is not Enough’ in Mumbai on Wednesday. Accompanying the highly-decorated former skipper were the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit himself.

Praising the current India vice-captain and Mumbai Indians skipper, Ganguly backed Rohit to become the first T20 double centurion.

“Sachin scored his first hundred in ODI and taking inspiration from him, Rohit has gone on to score three double centuries in ODIs. The day is not far when we will see him scoring the first double century in T20s too,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI.

The 45-year-old was also asked by a member in the audience to give his views on the recent ball-tampering episode that has rocked Australian cricket.

Expressing sympathy for the suspended Steve Smith, Ganguly was confident that the former Australia skipper will be able to fight his way back into the side.

The trio poses with Ganguly's autobiography.

The trio poses with Ganguly’s autobiography.

“Smith is a good human being. Of course, what happened is unfortunate but I’m sure he will make a comeback to the Australian side and we will see him play again. I feel sympathy for him,” he stated.

The Kolkata-born left-hander also spoke in brief about his infamous run-in with former India coach and Australia captain Greg Chappell which had led to Ganguly’s ousting from the team.

“A big part of success in cricket, in any sport is how you handle your failures and tough situations. What happened during those days in Indian cricket was unfortunate but after losing my place in the team, I worked really hard to make a comeback. And when I finally made a comeback, I was much stronger mentally. I batted well in the last four years of my career and in fact Sachin always says that those four years were the best period of my life as a batsman,” Ganguly explained.

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