I am 100 per cent focused and committed to being the best coach of the Delhi Capitals.
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Google)Rahul Dravid told ESPNcricinfo, "I think there was a bit of notion that we are going walk there and win the World Cup easily. Gagan Khoda spoke to me and said that I have been doing well and asked me to keep up the consistency", he added.
"Although I don't believe in favourites tag, a team which comprises [Shikhar] Dhawan, Rohit [Sharma], [Virat] Kohli, MS [Dhoni], [Jasprit] Bumrah, Kuldeep [Yadav], Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] like players, it'll be one of the favourites in any tournament". Every individual should be smart enough to assess if he needs to take a break or he needs to play games to stay in the thick of things. We have seen the best in the world do that. He got a full tournament... After the poor display of the middle-order previous year, they have roped in the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube and Heinrich Klaasen to bolster the middle-order. You can not compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage.
"The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently".
While Pant has churned out impressive performances in the Test arena with centuries in England and Australia in the past season, he has been unable to bring that consistency to the limited-overs setup despite his explosive batting style. And he scored them at ease, it's not that he struggled... for me, he's your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to. He is working really hard.
"I'd play him at number four in the Indian team. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come", said Ganguly.
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Talking about Australia's World Cup squad he said that he would be surprised if Khawaja is not in the squad.
He has claimed that the World Cup win is not an easy task and these series defeats can make them properly aware before the World Cup.
"In a way I think its a good balancing factor. It's just that they have to be at top of the game", Ganguly said. "If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won't be right". Getting opportunities at the global level, at the IPL level, this will never come back.
"Not playing is not the solution..."
Even Kings XI Punjab, who had played a few of their home matches in Indore during earlier editions, will play all their matches in Mohali. "Yes, IPL was not there as it came towards the end of our career, but cricket-wise, it was the same", he added. Delhi Capitals, which roped in Ganguly as its advisor, would be hoping to get a good start when the team will take on Mumbai Indians in Mumbai on March 24.