From leading his nation to glory in the world cup to becoming the country’s premier, Imran Khan has done it all. Cricketer turned politician, Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain, Khan is set to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the maximum number of seats at the General Elections 2018. And the latest to join the bandwagon to congratulate him on his historic feat was former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won 115 out of the 272 seats in National Assembly but failed to reach the majority. Speaking at Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards ceremony, Ganguly expressed, “Congratulations to him. He has been fighting for a long time and now he is set to become the prime minister of Pakistan.”
As the 1992 world cup winning Pakistan skipper is set to become the 19th Prime Minister of his country, the Indian cricket team meanwhile is set upon their venture to tame the English lions back in their den. India face England in a five-match Test with the first slated to begin from August 1 in Birmingham.
Lending his thoughts on India’s probable combinations, Dada had his ‘punditry hat’ on ahead of Virat Kohli and Co’s gruelling combat. A lot has been discussed on Virat Kohli’s run drought in England, seasoned spinner Ravichandran Ashwin fading away from the red-ball format and India’s troubled top order.
Speaking on the note of Kohli, Ganguly is of the opinion, “Virat Kohli will not be judged just by the runs he scores. That’ll remain, he will keep scoring runs till the time he plays because he’s a very good player. But for me, Virat Kohli will be judged by how he takes Indian cricket with him.”
Speaking to India TV, Ganguly has favoured the combination of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay for the opening pair for India. “I would go with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul as openers in the Test series. Shikhar Dhawan is a good ODI player, and he was in decent touch during the ODI series as well. However, when he opens in Test cricket in overseas conditions, he doesn’t have a good record, be it South Africa, England or Australia.”
“You can’t let him (Ashwin) fade away. 300 wickets is not a matter of joke. It’s a common trend that what’s not playing is probably better but it’s not the case sometimes,” was Dada’s comments at Cricbuzz on Ashwin’s longest format upshot.