Cricket

Have played nearly 500 games for India, can speak to any player be it Shreyas Iyer or Virat Kohli, says Sourav Ganguly

  • Press Trust of India
  • September 28th, 2020
  • 22:13:34 IST

His nearly "500 international match experience" gives him the right to speak and guide any player "be it Shreyas Iyer or Virat Kohli", BCCI president Sourav Ganguly hit back at his detractors who made loose allegations of conflict of interest against the former India captain.

Before Delhi Capitals' first game of this season, skipper Shreyas Iyer gave an interview to Star Sports where he spoke about contributions from head coach Ricky Ponting and Ganguly (who was mentor at DC in 2019) in helping him evolve as a successful player and captain.

BCCI President Saurav Ganguly. Sportzpics for BCCI

File image of Saurav Ganguly. Sportzpics

However, his critics insinuated that Ganguly as BCCI president is helping a franchise captain where he was a mentor, which is a case of Conflict of Interest, something he vehemently denied.

While Iyer had clarified that he was referring to 2019 season, Ganguly on the day put forth what he thought about the unnecessary controversy.

"I had helped him (Iyer) last year. I may be the Board president, but don't forget that I've played 500 matches (424 matches) for India, so I can speak to a young player and help him, be it Shreyas Iyer or Virat Kohli. If they want help, I can," Ganguly said during a promotional event.

An irate Iyer, not too amused with the controversy, on his part had tweeted his clarification.

"As a young captain, I am thankful to Ricky and Dada for being a part of my journey as a cricketer and captain last season. My comment ...... was to emphasise my gratitude towards the role they both have played in my personal growth as a captain," the DC captain had said.

Updated Date: September 28, 2020 22:13:34 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Shreyas Iyer turns promise into performance by seizing long-awaited window of opportunity
First Cricket News

Shreyas Iyer turns promise into performance by seizing long-awaited window of opportunity

There’s a lovely symmetry to the fact that the turnaround in Iyer’s career could potentially come at the same ground where, back in 2015, he made his first first-class fifty in a match he had described then as “do or die” for him.

'Showed great maturity, composure and class': Twitterati in awe as Shreyas Iyer hits ton on debut
First Cricket News

'Showed great maturity, composure and class': Twitterati in awe as Shreyas Iyer hits ton on debut

Twitter was abuzz as the debutant set the stage on fire at the Green Park in Kanpur. Here are some of the best reactions: