New BCCI president Sourav Ganguly says performances will be ultimate yardstick for Virat Kohli and India

Sudhir Gupta 11:51 24/10/2019
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Sourav Ganguly took charge as the BCCI formally on Wednesday.

Sourav Ganguly has promised to give all possible support to India skipper Virat Kohli as he formally took charge as the new president of the BCCI.

Ganguly, who was elected unopposed to the coveted post, described Kohli as the ‘most important man’ in Indian cricket currently.

“We will be there to support him (Kohli),” the former India skipper stated.

“We will there to listen to him because I have been a captain myself and I understand from that position and we will deal with it.

“It is a mutual respect which will be there, so discussions will be there and we will do what is best for the game.”

While promising to make life easier for Kohli and India head coach Ravi Shastri, Ganguly stressed that the performances of the team would be the ‘ultimate yardstick’.

“Be rest assured that we are here to make their life easier, not make their life difficult. And everything will be on the basis of performance. Performance is the most important thing and that’s what will decide the future of Indian cricket,” Ganguly explained.

The new BCCI president also touched on the topic of MS Dhoni’s international future with the veteran wicketkeeper yet to give a clear picture on the same. Dhoni went on an extended break from cricket following the completion of the 2019 World Cup in England and reportedly made himself unavailable for selection for the team’s subsequent clashes against the West Indies and South Africa.

“I have not spoken to him yet. Hopefully we will meet soon and have a word with one of the greats of Indian cricket,” Ganguly said about Dhoni.

“You know champions don’t finish very quickly. I don’t know what’s on his mind, what he thinks about his career. So we will deal with that.

“He is one of the greats of the game. India is very proud to have MS Dhoni. When you sit down and make note of what he has done, you still say “wow”.”

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