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Ganguly for Dhoni batting at No. 4
27th October 2016
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly while disagreeing that the Indian team is becoming too dependent on Virat Kohli, today said he would like to see Mahendra Singh Dhoni bat at number four for some time at least.
He was addressing the media at the sidelines of a press meet where CAB joined hands with VLCC for promotion of cricket and other sports in the districts. This will be a two year deal that will allow CAB to promote cricket and other sports.
When asked if Dhoni’s role of a finisher was changing, Sourav said:
“Let him play at number four. He will finish from there. Finisher does not mean he has to bat from the 40th over. Virat (Kohli) bats at three and he is finishing games. It’s a wrong concept that a finisher has to come lower down the order. Dhoni got India over the ropes in the other match batting at four.”
“He (Virat Kohli) is an excellent player, but I don’t think the team is becoming too dependent on him. New Zealand is a good side. They will win some matches also,” he added when asked if the Indian team was leaning on Virat too much to win matches.
About Bengal’s poor start against Railways in the Ranji Torphy match in Dharmshala, he said: “There will be a bad day and a good day. We will assess it at the end of the season.”
Asked if the results of the Vision 2020 were showing, he added: “This is the common system around the world. It’s not rocket science. Keep the players together and get them trained. Go to Barcelona, Manchester United, Australia or England it’s the same thing. Only the system of training varies from sport to sport. You give the best facilities, best coaches and get the best players.”
About the agreement with VLCC, he added: “We thank VLCC for the support. We are looking after cricket. We will support cricket. It is a two year deal. But they need more sponsors. This is not enough.”
Mr Asutosh Bhardwaj, Chief Business Officer, VLCC, said : “We can do a lot for district players. We have something called DNA Test that will help the players understand their body and what nutrition they need to stay healthy. Our understanding is both through services and financial commitments.”
Secretary, West Bengal District Sports Association, Gautam Goswami thanked Sourav Ganguly for his initiative. “He is our chief patron. In 2014 in Bolpur we had requested him to help us. He has done that. He is soon going to be the face of all sport disciplines in Bengal,” he said.
Others present on the dais included, Mr Subir Ganguly, Hony. Jt. Secretary, Cab, Mr Avishek Dalmiya, Hony. Jt. Secretary, CAB, Mr Gautam Goswami, Secretary, West Bengal District Sports Association. A host of dignitaries including CAB Office bearers and District Sports Association members were present on the occasion.

Arindam Basu