Former Indian Captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly named five Indian cricketers from the current Indian team that he would have liked to have in his Test team.

In 2000, the match-fixing scandal uprooted the Indian camp, and Ganguly was then made the captain of the team. As soon as the left-handed became the skipper, he started grooming the team and especially young talent.

Sourav Ganguly, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday, was recently involved in a chat session with Indian opener Mayank Agarwal. It was then the former skipper was asked about the five players he would like to add to his squad for his Test team.

“It is a tough question, Mayank, because I feel in every generation the players are different, players face challenges differently in different generations, pitches, quality of opposition and so on,” Ganguly told Mayank in a video on BCCI website.

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Sourav Ganguly (Image Credits: TheStatesman)

“From your current team, I would have loved to have Virat Kohli in the side, Rohit Sharma in the side. I will go for Jasprit Bumrah because I had Zaheer Khan at the other end. I would also go for Mohammed Shami after Javagal Srinath retired, because I think Mohammed Shami is a fantastic bowler,” he added.

“So I’ve got Rohit, I’ve got Virat, I’ve got Bumrah, I’ve got Shami, so I’ve got four. I had HarbhajanSingh and Anil Kumble in my side, so  Ashwin would be my third spinner. I would be very tempted to have Ravindra Jadeja also and would be really tough to leave him out,” Ganguly further stated.

The former skipper made his Test debut against England in 1996. He quickly made it to the headlines as he went on to score a century in his maiden Test at Lord’s.

Ganguly has captained India in 146 ODIs,Winning 76 of them and in Test,He has captained 49 matches in which he won 21 of them. He also guided India to the finals of the 2003 World Cup where the side just fell short in the clash against Australia.

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