Hope India get past big games and win ICC trophy in next two years: Ganguly
Mumbai: Sourav Ganguly on Friday hoped the reappointment of the familiar Ravi Shastri as head coach will help India prevail in the "big games" and break the jinx of not winning a major ICC tournament in recent years.
Shastri was recently reappointed for two years by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
"Ravi has been around for a while, five years he's completed so he's got an extension for two more years. Hopefully now India can go all the way in the two upcoming tournaments that are coming up, which is the T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy which has now become a T20 format," Ganguly said.
"So I hope they do well, they're doing well, they get to the semi-finals.
"In 2015 in Australia they struggled, in 2017 (2016) in Mumbai, West Indies got the better of them and even in this World Cup. So, hopefully, they will get to the next step and create a winning combination."
India's last ICC tournament triumph was the win in the 2013 Champions Trophy.
"Hopefully they can get past the big games and win trophies in the next two years," said the former captain who is not the best of friends with Shastri.
Ganguly urged captain Virat Kohli to continue giving the new players a longer run to prove their mettle.
"This is one area where Virat (Kohli) needs to just be a bit more consistent — pick
players and give them a bit more opportunities consistently -- for them to get that confidence, rhythm.
"I have said that before. You saw how Shreyas Iyer played in that ODI series (against West Indies), you pick him and you give him the freedom to play those matches and I think that needs to happen with a lot of players and I am sure Virat will do that," added Ganguly.