T20 World Cup 2007 was played for the first time in the year 2007. Team India’s 4 most experienced players Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Zaheer Khan did not participate in this first edition. Despite this, under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the young team India created history by defeating Pakistan in the final match. The decision of not taking part of senior players in this tournament was his own. He believed that T20 cricket is a game of youth. However, a sensational revelation has now come to light in this case.
Sourav Ganguly in discussion once again
BCCI President and former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly has been in discussion for a long time. The ongoing controversy of Virat’s has kept him in a lot of highlights. Now once again a new case related to him is coming to the fore. In fact, the names of senior members, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly were not included in the 30 players shortlisted for the 2007 T20 World Cup. The chief selector of that time, Dilip Vengsarkar, had called it the decision of all three.
A day before the meeting, I got a call from Rahul. He said that he has spoken to Sachin and Sourav and both of them agreed that T20 is a game of youth. That’s why he would not like to be a part of this tournament.
However, now after 15 years of that team, India manager Ratnakar Shetty has opened a new secret about Sourav Ganguly.
Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly were not in agreement: Ratnakar Shetty
Ratnakar Shetty has written in his book On Board: My Years In BCCI that Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly did not have the same views on the issue of playing or not playing in the 2007 T20 World Cup. . Considering Rahul Dravid’s belief before the meeting,
“T20 is a youth game. Due to which he, Ganguly, Sachin, and Zaheer do not want to be available for selection.” All four of them were not included in the team. But later Dilip Vengsarkar told me that he had received a call from Saurav. He said that he was available for selection and the information given to him was wrong.
However, everyone will be waiting for Ganguly’s statement to come on this revelation. At the same time, we can get to see many more revelations from this book.