International cricket cannot survive without Twenty20 format: Ganguly

Vastavam web: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said international cricket cannot survive without the Twenty20 format.”Twenty20 is must for cricket. Without T-20, cricket cannot survive,” Ganguly was answering a question on the overkill of cricket right now and the issue of players burnout.”I hope they win the match (T20) on Saturday,” Ganguly said referring to the tour-ending T20 International.

When asked about young players getting an opportunity in Indian cricket, Ganguly said a lot of young players represent the country.”We have Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya and others have come in to play in our Indian side. We have to give them time to become the likes of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh,” he said.Speaking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who struck a 28-ball 52 in the previous T20, Ganguly said, “Dhoni is very good in one-day matches and in T-20. It is very hard to get past MS.”

“You have got to respect the contribution made by him and others too will get an opportunity to shine.”On the fitness of Indian cricketers, Ganguly said the Indian team is on par with international players.