‘IPL jeetna itna aasan nahi hai Virat’: Sourav Ganguly’s goofs up while defending Rohit Sharma’s captaincy

Ganguly talked about how Rohit was the best captaincy candidate after Virat Kohli stepped down from the following the end of South Africa series in January 2023. Ganguly added that Rohit still is the best person to lead the side.

As he tried to bring up Rohit’s record of winning five IPL titles into his argument, the former BCCI president ended up saying, “IPL jeetna itna aasan nahi hai Virat (It’s not so easy to win IPL, Virat).”

Ganguly immediately corrected himself by addressing journalist Vikrant Gupta, who was taking the interview, by his correct name. Notably, Kohli hasn’t won the IPL single time as a captain or a player since the inauguration of IPL in 2008. The 34-year-old led Kohli for nine years before stepping down from the role after IPL 2021.

“The selectors needed a captain after Virat left and Rohit was the best that time. He had won 5 IPL trophies and done well at the international level as well; he won the Asia Cup. He was the best option. India also played in the final of the Test championship, although we lost.

“Even two years ago, we lost the WTC final. We reached the semis of the T20 World Cup. So, the selectors picked that person who was the best for the job,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to Aaj Tak.

“I have full faith on Rohit. He and MS Dhoni have won 5 IPL titles. No one else has done that. Winning the IPL isn’t easy Virat, sorry, Vikrant. It’s a very tough tournament.

“Winning the IPL is more difficult that winning a World Cup as there are 14 matches after which you take part in the playoffs. In the World Cup, it takes only 4-5 matches for a place in the semis. In the IPL, it takes 17 matches for you to become champions,” Ganguly concluded

Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy after the T20 World Cup 2021 before the BCCI sacked him as the captain of the ODI team ahead of the South Africa tour. Following the Test series defeat in South Africa, the 34-year-old quit the Test captaincy and shocked everyone.

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