On the question of India becoming the world champion, Ganguly said, ‘India is a strong team. We have a lot of talent so we will always be contenders. Obviously we can’t win it every time but we have the same chances of winning it as before.
The former India captain told Aaj Tak that India need to win big games given the team’s defeat in the semi-finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup. “We lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, so you need to win the big games. We are hopeful but you cannot be sure, especially in a format like T20. But like I said – India is one of the contenders.
He started the campaign with the match against Pakistan, saying, “It (India vs Pakistan as the first match of ICC tournament) has happened in the past as well. India started their campaign against Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup, then also in the 2017 Champions Trophy. This is not that difficult. When I was the CAB president in 2016, we organized the India-Pakistan game at the Eden Gardens in the T20 World Cup. It is even more difficult to organize such a match in India as there is a huge demand for tickets. You also have to take care of security arrangements.
The BCCI President further said on the pressure regarding the India vs Pakistan match, ‘I have never found it difficult as a player. Outsiders will say it is a high pressure game, but I have never felt that way.
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy has the art of bowling 6 different balls. He was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team in IPL 2021. Varun played in the practice match of the T20 World Cup 2021 Warm up Games against Australia but could not leave much impact. The 30-year-old leg break bowler Varun had a great performance for KKR in IPL 2021. He was ranked sixth among the highest wicket-takers this season of IPL. Varun took 18 wickets in 17 matches.