The BCCI will be getting a new president as former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly will be taking the role on October 23. He wants the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli to start a new phase under his leadership. While praising Team India’s performance, the former Indian skipper didn’t shy away from pointing out that the Indian team has failed to win a single ICC event since 2013.
Speaking to the reporters in Kolkata, Ganguly said that the team always “plays well in big tournaments” but now their focus should be winning the ICC and multi-nation events. Despite highlighting the team’s breakdown in knock-out stages, Ganguly has confidence in the leadership skills of Kohli and backed him to reverse the trend of losing in the semifinals and the final in ICC events.
Ganguly said, “India is a good team. I know they have not won a big tournament. But they play well in big tournaments except for the semifinals and the final. Hopefully, Virat can change it around. He is a champion player.”
India’s last major triumph in a multi-nation tournament was in 2013 when MS Dhoni-led a young Indian side to a title victory in ICC Champions Trophy in England. Before that India had won the 50-over World playing in front of their home crowd — that too under Dhoni’s leadership.
Under Kohli, Team India has managed to play an attractive style of cricket and has even tasted success playing overseas. India’s first-ever Test series win Down Under is a testimony to their improved performance. However, the players have failed to overcome the pressure in knock-out stages of big ICC events. Under Kohli, India has been knocked out twice — ICC Champions Trophy (2017) and 50-over World Cup (2019) in the United Kingdom — from the multi-nation events.
India had exited the 2014 World T20 after losing to Sri Lank in the final, they also got knocked out in 2016 World T20 after losing to the West Indies in the semifinal, while their finished runner-sup to arch-rivals Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy. Earlier this year, India’s journey in 2019 World Cup cane to an end after they lost to New Zealand in the semifinal.