'If you play more T20s, you'll remain mediocre': Ganguly reacts to Pakistan's failure in World Cup

Former Indian captain opined IPL is not the only reason behind the success of Team India

By Web Desk
November 12, 2023
Sourav Ganguly - BCCI

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly thinks that if players will play more T20s compared to longer formats, they will remain mediocre.

While comparing the World Cup 2023 campaigns of India and Pakistan, Ganguly opined that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not the only reason behind the success of Team India since their domestic structure is strong and have a large pool of talented players to pick from.

"[The] IPL is not the sole reason for India's success in international cricket. Quality cannot come from playing only IPL, quality comes from playing 4-day, 5-day cricket. If you play more T20 cricket, you will remain mediocre. I always say that play T20s, make money from T20s but if you want to be a player, you have to play 4-day, 5-day cricket," Ganguly explained on a local sports channel.

"Players should be like Wasim Akram, who could bowl 25-30 overs in a day. He was fast with the new ball and with the old ball as well. I think not only IPL, but the entire Indian cricketing infrastructure is incredible. There are so many matches, so many players and we are lucky in that way," the former BCCI president further added.

The legendary batter also explained how cricket has become a more stable career option in India over the last few years and credited the BCCI for directing the cash flow into the right direction.

"Money is used in the right direction, they are used on the players. First-class cricket has seen an incredible pay rise. The first-class cricketers play cricket from September to March and then 2 months of IPL. And I think it is because of this system that the team is so strong. And of course the match security," Ganguly explained.

"There is a lot of talent in your country too. I keep hearing about it. The country that has Shaheen Shah Afridi, the team that has Rizwan, Babar, and Imam could be great if some specific changes are made," Ganguly concluded.

It must be noted Pakistan failed to finish in the top four of the ongoing World Cup. The Men in Green lost five of their league games, the first time ever at a single World Cup edition, which included an array of four straight losses, to finish fifth in the points table.