Mumbai: BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary during a press conference regarding the Indian cricket team coach selection, in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar (PTI7_10_2017_000170B)

Pune: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly at the Symbiosis International university claimed cricket to be the “captain’s game” and the coach must take a “back seat”, saying that one of the key qualities a coach must possess is “man management” but “hardly few have it”.

“It is not like football. A lot of current cricket coaches think that they are going to run a cricket team like a football team, but cricket is a captain’s game and coach has to take a backseat and that is important.” -Sourav Ganguly

The 46-year-old, one of India’s most successful captains was in Pune to launch his book – ‘A Century is not Enough’, co-authored with senior sports writer Gautam Bhattacharya.

When asked about what is the best advice he had ever received during his career, Ganguly joked while saying.

“Never pick a coach.” –Sourav Ganguly

And he was further asked that if he is given a chance what question he will pose to the current India head coach Ravi Shastri, he answered it frankly.

“Who picks up the team, Rohit Sharma (stand-in ODI captain) or Ravi Shastri.” Sourav Ganguly

The 113-Test veteran further revealed about those several players who are talented but they are not sure whether they will play the next game

“Virat (Kohli) needs to work little on it. I backed them because I saw them closely, I have seen them how they react to pressure.” Sourav Ganguly

He further shared his views about the unsatisfactory performance of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in the recently concluded Asia Cup.

“I think it is just a phase and they will get back on the track. They are strong teams.” Sourav Ganguly


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