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Virat Kohli wanted R. Ashwin: Sourav Ganguly

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Due to the speculations that have come across in the recent months, it may come as a surprise to the cricketing fraternity that Virat Kohli wanted R. Ashwin in the team for the T20 World cup. But now Ganguly has revealed that the off-spinner was initially not in the plans for the T20 World Cup in Dubai and it was Virat’s insistence that led to the off-spinners inclusion in the team.

Speaking to Boria Majumdar on the backstage with Boria, Ganguly said, “I wasn’t sure whether he would be a part of the white-ball (set-up). But then Virat Kohli wanted him in the side. And whatever little bit of opportunity he got, I thought he was superb,”

India had a poor outing in the World Cup campaign. They were out of the tournament from the losses in the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand. While Ashwin was with the team, he did not get the chance for the first two matches which critics believe was a huge mistake by the Indian think tank. Earlier, during the England tour, Ravindra Jadeja played all four matches while R.Ashwin was warming the bench. All this lead to the speculations that not all is well between the captain and off-spinner.

Ashwin has had a phenomenal outing in the Test arena. The off-spinner rattled England earlier during the home series and has revamped his white-ball skills to a whole new level, which led to his calling in the Indian shorter-format side after four years. During the programme, Ganguly acknowledged the performance given by R.Ashwin over the years. In his own words, “Look at his Test record, it is phenomenal. It does not need me to say Ravichandran Ashwin is exceptional. His record and his performances show that he is exceptional. And you can’t ignore such players. You cannot just turn your eyes and say that he’s gone. I am not surprised with what he is doing,”

Ganguly has been involved with some key decisions taken by the BCCI over the last couple of months. From appointing Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, appointing VVS Laxman as the NCA director to the annexing of Virat Kolhi from the ODI captaincy in favour of Rohit Sharma, the former cricketer is keen on leaving no stone unturned which may help India win an ICC tournament in the coming months and years. India last won an ICC event in 2013 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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