Just after the days of Virender Sehwag’s recommending Anil Kumble as chairman of the Indian selection committee, Sourav Ganguly showed his support for the idea. To him, even Sehwag could be a good choice for the panel along with Kumble.
Kumble and Sehwag are Ganguly’s selectors
Ganguly, during an interview with India Today, said that Anil Kumble’s honesty and experience will be good for India if he becomes the selector. He added, “Even Sehwag would make a good selector. He has courage and vision. He played his cricket in a way which contributed to wins. His analysis and reaction in big matches was second to none. So he will definitely do a good job. Both Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag can be selectors for India.”
The current selection committee has a combined Test experience of 13 Test matches. Sehwag earlier opined that selection committee could get some big names if the compensation is adequate. Currently, chief selector MSK Prasad is paid Rs 1 crore per annum and the rest of the selectors are given Rs 80 Lakh. The former captain agreed to this idea as well and said, “Definitely, selectors should get good money. Because selector’s is one of the most crucial positions in cricket. And the coach works with the team that selector picks. Coach has his inputs but the final decisions are made by the selectors.”
Ganguly wants to contribute overseas wins
Ganguly once again showed his interest in becoming India coach. One of the successful captains of Indian cricket history said he would like to set a new benchmark for the team by improving records overseas. “Two years is some time away. But I have said in the past as well, I am interested in being India coach someday. It will feel great to work with Virat Kohli because he is a match-winner. He is a champion cricketer.” Ganguly added, “If I can contribute and help the team win big tournaments and Test series in England, South Africa and the current Australian side with Steve Smith and David Warner that would be the endeavour. If the team can achieve that, it will be the USP of this side.”