Sourav Ganguly reveals the names of his 5 favorite young players in IPL

Virat Kohli, the linchpin of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has been setting the IPL 2024 season ablaze with his incredible batting prowess. In 12 innings, Kohli has amassed a staggering 634 runs, showcasing his insatiable hunger for runs on the cricketing field. With five half-centuries and a scintillating century to his name, Kohli has undeniably left an indelible mark on the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Kohli’s performance has been his strike rate, which stands at an impressive 153.51. What’s remarkable is that this strike rate surpasses his T20 International strike rate by a considerable margin, reflecting his aggressive intent and adaptability in the shortest format of the game.

Sourav Ganguly’s Endorsement for Kohli’s Opening Role

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain and ex-President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has been thoroughly captivated by Kohli’s displays in the IPL. Following Kohli’s blistering 92-run knock against Punjab Kings at Dharamsala, Ganguly advocated for Kohli’s inclusion as an opener for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

“Virat is playing exceptionally well. The way Kohli batted last night – 92 in quick time, you need to use him as an opener in the T20 World Cup. He should open, evidenced by his last few IPL innings which have been outstanding,” Ganguly expressed to The Hindu, highlighting Kohli’s versatility and effectiveness at the top of the order.

Assessment of Dinesh Karthik’s World Cup Aspirations

In contrast to Kohli’s scintillating form, the aspirations of veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik for a World Cup return faced a setback. Despite Karthik’s desire to don the Indian jersey again, the Chief of the All India Men’s Senior Selection Committee, Ajit Agarkar, favored the likes of Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant for the coveted spot.

Sourav Ganguly, echoing Agarkar’s decision, emphasized that while Karthik showcased brilliance on the field, the emergence of players like Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, who also handle captaincy responsibilities for their respective franchises, made them more favorable choices.

“Dinesh played well but there are better players than Dinesh. I don’t think you can leave Sanju or Rishabh out. There are better players than Dinesh Karthik at the moment,” remarked the 51-year-old cricketing stalwart, shedding light on the competitive landscape of Indian cricket.

As the T20 World Cup 2024 draws closer, the selections and strategies of the Indian team management promise to be scrutinized closely, with Kohli’s exceptional form and the evolution of young talents adding intriguing layers to the narrative.

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