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Ganguly sees no reason as to why Gambhir, Sehwag or Singh cannot regain their spots
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes opening duo Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, along with all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, should be doing everything in their power to regain their spots in the national team.
Ganguly added that pace bowler Zaheer Khan should also be wary of his spot.
The trio have been replaced by Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, all three of whom have been in outstanding form as of late.
However, despite their impressive performances, Ganguly firmly believes that Gambhir, Sehwag and Singh have every chance to represent India once again.
“No player is completely out of the team,” Ganguly said. “In 2011, the Indian team looked incomplete without these players. And now they are out of the team. So you cannot say what will happen tomorrow.
“They are all very good players. They have won the world cup, Test matches, Test series. So if they have hunger inside them, they can surely be back. They just need to focus on cricket, train hard, be fit and make a comeback.
“They are all great players. Sehwag is one of the greatest openers ever in Indian cricket. Zaheer is closing in on 300 ODI wickets. Look at the performance of Yuvraj Singh in World Cups, be it in 2007 or 2011. He has been the best. So you can’t keep such players out for a long time. They would want to do better than what they have already done.”
Ganguly also applauded Gambhir’s initiative of signing with English county side Essex as he believes it will give the opener a chance to show the Indian selectors just how dominant he can be.
“It’s a good decision, because it’s an off season in India,” Ganguly added. “At his age, he should play as much cricket as possible, and find form.
“He is only 30 now. So there is still 10 years of cricket left in him. Every player goes through a rough patch. I hope he learns from this and plays some good cricket to stage a comeback.”