Former Pakistan batter Salman Butt was displeased with Sourav Ganguly’s remark that the IPL is a more difficult event to win than the World Cup.
Sourav Ganguly, one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, raised a few eyebrows with his declaration that winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) was more difficult than winning the World Cup. Ganguly made his remarks while urging Rohit Sharma to continue leading the Indian squad. Gagnuly’s remarks elicited reactions from fans all across the world. Former Pakistan batsman Salman Butt too weighed in on Ganguly’s statements, blasting the former BCCI president.
Following India’s 209-run defeat to Australia in the World Test Championship final, many questioned Rohit’s capacity to manage the team on a global scale. Ganguly, on the other hand, believes Rohit is the best guy for the role because he has won the IPL five times.
“I have complete faith in Rohit.” He and MS Dhoni have won five IPL titles between them. Winning the IPL is difficult since it is a difficult event. Winning the IPL is more harder than winning the World Cup since there are 14 matches before the playoffs. A position in the World Cup semi-finals requires only 4-5 matches. “It takes 17 matches in the IPL to become champion,” Ganguly said on India Today.
Butt responded to Ganguly’s remarks in a video posted to his YouTube channel, saying, “I didn’t expect a world-class player and captain to say something like this.” How does league cricket compare to Test (and international) cricket? There is no comparable. You’re comparing the ultimate format of cricket to the shortest format, in which teams consist of only four international players? There isn’t a comparable.”
While there appears to be no danger to Rohit’s status as team captain, a lot might change if India fails to win the ODI World Cup this year.