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‘I only believe in performance’: Ganguly on Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Written by Rohit Pawar

It has been a decade since batting icons Kohli and Rohit have been leading the batting charge of the Asian giants. Rohit and Kohli are expected to enter the twilight phase of their respective white-ball careers after the 2023 World Cup. Will it be curtains for the batting duo after the India World Cup? Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly issued an interesting statement while discussing the white-ball future of Rohit and Kohli.

“I don’t believe too much in last time, first time. I believe in performances. I think they are 34-35, I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next World Cup. There are world tournaments every year – T20 cricket, 50-over cricket. It’s not like as in the past when we started – one every four years and then the Champions Trophy came in. So it’s about performances and I am sure Rohit as captain and Virat will be wanting to make it a big one not from a personal point of view but from winning it. I think that’s the biggest,” Ganguly told Star Sports.

Remember what Kohli said about Tendulkar?
Rohit was overlooked by selectors when India last won the 50-over World Cup. Kohli, who featured in India’s squad at the 2011 World Cup, had famously lifted Tendulkar during the team’s victory lap at the Wankhede Stadium. “Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders,” Kohli had beautifully summed up the mood of Team India fans at the time. Over 12,000 runs and 46 centuries later, Kohli is yet to taste his second ODI World Cup glory.

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Rohit Pawar

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