Kolkata:

Indian cricket is going through a phase of change at the moment. Recently, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested from the T20 and ODI series for the tour of South Africa. After this, the discussion between fans and pundits has started in full swing whether these two will be part of the team in the T20 World Cup 2023 to be played in the month of June next year. Meanwhile, former captain Sourav Ganguly, impressed by Rohit Sharma's captaincy in the ODI World Cup, said that he should remain India's captain at least till the T20 World Cup next year. Ganguly told reporters that both of them need rest so that they remain fresh for the busy schedule ahead. "Rohit should captain India after coming back in all formats because he did so well in the World Cup," he said on the sidelines of a promotional event here. They are an integral part of Indian cricket."

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"The World Cup is different from a bilateral series because the pressure is different. India performed brilliantly in this World Cup and will repeat it in the West Indies after six to seven months. Rohit is a leader and I hope he will be the captain in the T20 World Cup as well," he said. However, his tenure has not been disclosed yet.

Dravid became the coach when Ganguly was the BCCI president and Ganguly expressed happiness over the extension of his tenure. "I am not surprised that they have put their faith in Dravid. When I was the chairman of the board, we had convinced him to take up the post. "Even though India did not win the World Cup, the Indian team was the best team in the tournament. He has a chance to play another World Cup after seven months. Hopefully, this time there will be champions, not runners-up."

Asked if Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were not included in the squad for the two Tests against South Africa, Ganguly said, "At some point of time, new talent has to be given a chance. There is so much talent in India that the team has to move forward. Pujara and Rahane have been very successful but the game is not always with you. You can't always play. It will happen to everyone. I would like to thank him for his contribution to Indian cricket."