Former India National Cricket Team captain and the current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has said that the India-Pakistan matches are not special matches for him and he looks at the battle between the arch-rivals as “just another match”.
In the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, India National Cricket Team will lock horns with the Pakistan National Cricket Team in their opening clash at the Dubai International Stadium on August 28. The last time when the arch-rivals went head-to-head, the Men In Green defeated the Men In Blue by 10 wickets in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match in UAE.
In an interview with India Today, Ganguly downplayed the prospect of an India vs Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup and said that the goal should be to win the tournament.
“I am seeing it as the Asia Cup. I do not see any tournament as India vs Pakistan. When I used to be in my playing days, India vs Pakistan was just another match for me. I always looked to win the tournament,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive interview.
“India are a good team and they have done very well in the recent times and hopefully they team will give a good performance in the Asia Cup as well,” he said.
I wish I can play cover drive like before – Sourav Ganguly
The upcoming Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2022, which will be the second edition of the tournament, is scheduled to commence in September. Four teams are set to take part in the tournament and in total 15 games will be played.
The second edition of the Legends League Cricket is all set to commence with a special match between the India Maharajas and World Giants. The special match will be played on September 16, 2022, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata and from the next day, September 17, the main tournament will begin.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly will be leading India Maharajas in the special match against World Giants, which will be led by the England National Cricket Team World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan.
Ganguly was asked if the crowd will be able to see his lofty sixes or not during the Legends League Cricket match, he laughed on the matter and responded:
“I don’t know what will happen. I wish I can play cover drive like before. I wish I could make a connect bat and ball well. I will play just one game. Will Enjoy the game. It’s a game for a good occasion and I am happy to participate in it.”
India Maharajas: Sourav Ganguly (c), Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, S Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Stuart Binny, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Naman Ojha, Ashoke Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajay Jadeja, RP Singh, Joginder Sharma
World Giants: Eoin Morgan (c), Lendl Simmons, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Sanath Jayasuriya, Matt Prior, Nathan McCullum, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Kevin O’Brien, Denesh Ramdin
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