The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup is set to be a Trans-Tasman affair as Australia and New Zealand are set to lock horns on Sunday. Meanwhile, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has picked the Kiwis as favourites to lift the trophy for the first time in the tournament’s history.
Ganguly leapt praises for Kane Williamson and Co for showing tremendous guts and character in recent years. He shed light on the Blackcaps’ recent ICC World Test Championship (WTC) victory as well.
“I feel it is New Zealand’s time in world sport. Australia are a great nation, but they have had a tough time for a while, though they have been a great cricketing country. New Zealand have a lot more guts and character than we see on TV,” Ganguly said at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair on Saturday.
“They won the World Test Championship a few months ago. It’s a small country but it’s got a lot of steel. I have the feeling that it is indeed New Zealand’s time,” he added.
“Just a matter of two bad games” – Ganguly on India’s early exit
Sourav Ganguly, who is also the BCCI president, was asked about India’s poor run in the ongoing ICC tournament. The 49-year-old stated that two poor outings (against Pakistan and New Zealand) derailed the campaign of Virat Kohli‘s men.
“Expectations were undoubtedly very high, but I was happy to see that a majority of the people had the heart to accept the result. They were upset, but they did not overreact. At the end of the day – Bumrah, Shami, Rohit, and Kohli are all human beings. It was just a matter of two bad games. They will bounce back, and within a year or so, we will see the same boys lifting trophies,” he signed off.