Vijay Shankar will do well in World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly
New Delhi: Former India Captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday backed Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar to do well in the upcoming World Cup, saying his bowling would come in handy in the English conditions.
There has been debate over Shankar being picked in the England-bound India team ahead of Ambati Rayudu, with the selectors saying they went for the “three-dimensional skills” offered by the Tamil Nadu player.
“Vijay Shankar will do well. He is a good young cricketer. His bowling will come handy. Let’s not be too negative about him. He has got a place because he has played in Australia and New Zealand and done well,” Ganguly, who is an advisor to IPL team Delhi Capitals told PTI in an interaction.
The former skipper also said that talented Rishabh Pant, who has been ignored for this edition, should not feel depressed about his non-selection.
“Yes, Pant also could have been part of this side but he need not worry. He has many more years. He is just 20, he will play a few World Cups.”
On the 50-overs 2019 World Cup, Ganguly said this edition could be very competitive due to the format, where all teams play each other in the league stage.
“This format was last tried in 1992 when everyone played everyone. In the past, we felt there were one or two weak ones. This time it is not so. West Indies is strong, Australia is back to where they were, New Zealand is strong, India is strong. And Pakistan played very well in England,” he added.