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Ganguly picks Dhoni to lead his all-time great Indian ODI side
PTI
Kolkata, July 08, 2013
First Published: 21:21 IST(8/7/2013)
Last Updated: 21:25 IST(8/7/2013)

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday spoke highly of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he picked the current skipper to lead an all-time great Indian one-day side.


Talking to media at his residence on his 41st birthday, Ganguly said, "Dhoni has a phenomenal record (of winning all the world titles). If I were to pick a side, he would definitely captain an all-time great Indian XI because of his batting ability as a wicketkeeper."     

"I've not seen any wicketkeeper with the batting prowess of Dhoni. I may give it a thought for a Test side, but Dhoni is an obvious choice for one-dayers," he added.

Ganguly, however, clarified that he would not figure in the XI as he was picking the side.

Refusing to compare himself with Dhoni, who has become the most successful Indian skipper, Ganguly said: "I don't believe in comparisons. You can't compare eras, players, opposition etc. It isn't possible."     

Free from cricket, Ganguly is now contemplating writing his autobiography.

"I was waiting for the right time. I continued to be really busy after giving up international cricket. There was IPL. But now, I will (write) for sure. It is difficult to say at this point whether it will be a 'tell all' but there's no doubt I will write and speak the truth," said Ganguly, who retired from international cricket in November 2008.

Asked whether Virat Kohli has the flair for captaincy in future, Ganguly said, "I'm not looking him as a captain yet.
I'm more impressed of him as a batsman, whenever he scores India wins."

In the absence of Dhoni, Kohli led from the front with a masterly 102 for a bonus point win against the West Indies to keep Indian hopes afloat in the ongoing Tri-Nation series.

"Indian youngsters are doing a good job but we have to give them six months to one year time to pass a judgement."


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