In a recent statement, former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed his support for emerging left-handed batsman Tilak Varma to take on the crucial No. 4 batting position for the Indian team in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Ganguly’s recommendation comes amid the uncertainty surrounding Shreyas Iyer’s availability due to his ongoing recovery from a back surgery.
Ganguly, known for his strategic insights, believes that India has several options for the pivotal No. 4 slot and emphasized that Varma should be considered as a strong contender. Speaking at an event, Ganguly highlighted Varma’s adaptability and fearless approach to the game, particularly noting his impressive performances during recent matches.
Tilak Varma, a 20-year-old left-handed batsman, showcased his potential during his T20 International debut against the West Indies, making a notable contribution of 39 runs off 22 balls. Subsequent outings saw him record scores of 51 and an unbeaten 49, further solidifying his case for consideration.
Ganguly extended his endorsement to other young talents as well, suggesting that the trio of Yashasvi Jaiswal (back-up opener), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper-batter), and Tilak Varma should be included in India’s World Cup squad before the September 5 deadline. Ganguly praised their fearless playing style and conveyed his belief that such talents should be given the opportunity to play crucial roles in the team.
The former captain emphasized the importance of striking a balance between experienced players and fresh talents in the squad. Ganguly’s perspective aligns with the approach of the current Indian team management, which aims to combine the experience of players like Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma with the youthful exuberance of rising stars.
Ganguly also lauded the return of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah to the national side after a prolonged injury hiatus. He noted Bumrah’s excellent performance and stated that he had received positive feedback from players at the National Cricket Academy regarding Bumrah’s form and fitness.
As India faces Ireland in a three-match T20I series, Ganguly expressed optimism about India’s bowling unit, which includes the likes of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, supported by spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav. Ganguly firmly believes that the team’s selection and performance during the World Cup will determine their success in the tournament.