Kolkata: Former India skipper and CAB President Sourav Ganguly today lauded the decision of the selectors’ for giving rest to the spinning duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and giving a chance to the young spinners ahead of the crucial Australia series.
“It’s the selectors’ decision. It is good to test youngsters ahead of the World Cup,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a music launch.
Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will lead the Indian spin bowling in the first three of the five-match ODI series against Steve Smith led Australia.
Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is currently in England to play for Worcestershire in the County cricket championship. Jadeja too is getting the much needed rest as a hectic season awaits for Team India in near future.
Ganguly don’t want to predict the result of the series, but he is quite sure that I won’t be a 5-0 whitewash like the Sri Lanka tour as the Aussies are very good in limited overs cricket.
“At home India will be tough to beat. 5-0 won’t happen as Australia are a good team.”
On Yuvraj Singh, who played his last ODI against West Indies in June, being ignored, Ganguly said: “He isn’t finished. Nothing is over till it’s actually over.
Ganguly, the co-owner of ISL based franchise Atletico de Kolkata looked very happy with the newly renovated Salt Lake stadium which will host ten matches of the FIFA U17 World Cup including the high voltage final.
“The stadium looks awesome from the outside. I haven’t been inside. When I was young, I used to train there along with (tennis star) Leander (Paes),” he said.
“I want to renovate the Eden Gardens like this. I will come for the final,” he added.