‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice

Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly has picked Cheteshwar Pujara to be India’s No.4 at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice
‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice

India’s No.4 position has been a highly controversial topic in the build-up towards the World Cup, with team management still trying to find a solution. Ambati Ryudu thoroughly believed to be the one to plug the hole, but his deprived form in the ODIs next to Australia has upset those plans but fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for India to get the trophy.

India tried playing Virat Kohli at that position during the Australia series, in a proposal to give the returning KL Rahul some game time. The Indian captain has declared in the past that he is open to moving down the order if the need arises, although the chance of that happening is next to none.

Many names have been brought up as possible candidates, but Pujara was never one of them. Ganguly recognized that he was making a highly eccentric pick, but offered his reason for doing so.

“See, I am going to say something that might not sound convincing to many viewers, and a lot of people might express amusement at my idea,” he told India TV. “But for me, Pujara should be India’s No. 4 in ODIs.

“His fielding is a bit weak but he is a nice batsman. I know people will be shocked by my opinion, but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried late, I think Pujara is the best choice.”

If you want a class batsman who is better than the options India has tried of late, I think Pujara is the best option.

-Sourav Ganguly

Pujara’s board has taken a quick rise ever since hid series-defining performance in Australia, where he was India’s spinal column as they won a test series in the country for the very first time.

About a month, Pujara stunned the fans when he bangs his maiden T20 century – a 61-ball 100 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy,  India ‘s home T20 contest.

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