Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Despite the massive loss against Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval, former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly believs that India will always have a healthy pipeline of players ready to take the team forward in Test cricket.

“Let’s not jump to conclusions due to just one loss, India will always have a good talent pool. I don’t think it is time to look beyond Virat Kohli or Cheteshwar Pujara. Virat is just 34,” said Ganguly.

“India has enormous reserves. I don’t consider IPL performances if we are sticking to Test cricket. In domestic cricket there are some fantastic players and you will only find out when you give them opportunities. Whether it be Jaiswal or Patidar, Abhimanyu Easwaran from Bengal scores a lot of runs. Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad are young. I hope Hardik Pandya is listening. I want to see him play Test cricket, especially in these conditions,” the former southpaw added.

Though Pandya has performed well in limited overs cricket and grown in stature as the captain after his career threatening back injury, he is yet to return to Test cricket since that injury. His last Test match came in September 2018.