'Humein nahi aa raha samjh tumhein kahan aayega' - Fans react to Sourav Ganguly's statement on making Ajinkya Rahane vice captain

Sourav Ganguly spoke about the selection of Ajinkya Rahane as vice-captain for the two-match Test series against West Indies

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Sourav Ganguly finds it difficult to comprehend how Ajinkya Rahane was given the Test vice-captaincy despite sitting out for over 18 months. The former captain of India has urged "consistency and continuity" during the hiring procedure.


With scores of 89 and 46 against Australia earlier this month during the World Test Championship final at The Oval, Rahane, 35, who had been out of favour for a whole year and a half, was India's finest batter during India’s defeat to Australia. The national selection committee, under the guidance of acting chief Shiv Sunder Das, reappointed Rahane to be Rohit Sharma's backup for the West Indies Test series after just a single Test in which he had made his comeback.

Sourav Ganguly, spoke to PTI in an exclusive conversation. He was asked whether it made sense to groom someone like Shubman Gill who can lead the side in a few year’s time. He said, "Yeah I think so."

 “There has to be continuity and consistency in selection” : Sourav Ganguly


The all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, a lock for India's Test XI both at home and abroad, was mentioned by Ganguly as a potential candidate. Sourav Ganguly said, "I won't say it's a step backward.You have been out for 18 months, then you play a Test and you become a vice-captain. I don't understand the thought process behind it. There is Ravindra Jadeja, who has been there for a long time and a certainty in Test matches, he is a candidate.

He added, “but to just come back and straightway become vice-captain after 18 months, I don't understand. My only thing is that the selection shouldn't be hot and cold. There has to be continuity and consistency in selection."

By leaving Cheteshwar Pujara off the team for the West Indies tour, the Indian selectors are starting the process of change. Ganguly desires open dialogue between the selectors and Pujara, who has participated in 103 Tests representing India, on Pujara's future.


The former Indian Cricket Board President said, “Selectors should have a clear idea about him ," Ganguly said. "Do they need him to play Test cricket anymore or do they want to continue with youngsters, and communicate it to him. Somebody like Pujara can't be dropped, then picked, dropped again and then picked. Same with Ajinkya Rahane also."

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