Ganguly says overseas tours will be the real test

With the national selectors looking to blood youngsters, a lot of questions have been raised about the future of four cricketers—Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, who played an integral part in making the Indian team world beaters in the last decade.

While Yuvraj has already proved himself by returning to the Indian team and helping them win the T20I against Australia in Rajkot, question marks still hang over the future of the other three.

But former India skipper Sourav Ganguly-the man who transformed these talented cricketers into match-winners, feels that it is still early to start worrying about their future.

Speaking to Mail Today, Ganguly made an interesting observation. He said India are scheduled to play a number of series abroad in the next six months and every time the team has played overseas, slots have opened up not only in the batting, but also in the bowling line-up.

“You have to realise that we will be travelling a lot in the next few months after the West Indies series. And I can tell you from my experience that places are made in the Indian team overseas. Every time we return from a foreign tour, spots open up. So if you ask me, it is still early to pass a judgment on the future of these players,” said Ganguly.

“We should talk about this after the two foreign tours to South Africa and New Zealand are over. Also, do remember that in Indian cricket, things and equations change overnight.”

Commenting on the man, who, he made into one of India’s best Test opener Virender Sehwag Ganguly said: “Why jump the gun? Let the men who have replaced him, Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan go to South Africa and only then can we talk about the future of these two openers. I will talk to you about this in February.”

“But yes, it is important that these two keep performing in the meantime at the domestic level. Another important thing is that slots need to open up and with Sachin Tendulkar retiring after the series against the West Indies, there will be a spot available even in the middle-order.”

As for one of his favourite wards, Yuvraj, Ganguly isn’t too surprised with his performance.

“He is a champion and I am not too surprised with the way that he has announced his comeback. Do watch out for more from him.” But Ganguly seems to be a bit disappointed with Harbhajan Singh with the off-spinner not plying his trade in county cricket.

“I would have loved to see him go and play county cricket. But I liked how he bowled in the final of the Champions League T20. He looked really aggressive and I liked how the ball came out of his hand,” the 41-year-old said.

Ganguly was happy with the way Zaheer has worked on his fitness to get rid of the extra kilos during his 42-day stint in France.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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