Hosting its first ODI, the Assam Cricket Association invited Sourav Ganguly as the guest of honor. He was felicitated with traditional Assamese gamcha and xorai, an offering pot with a stand at the bottom, a decorative symbol of Assam used for offering tamul pan (betel nut and leaves).
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly backed the struggling Mahendra Singh Dhoni to do well in the World Cup.
MS Dhoni batted four times in Asia Cup scoring 77 runs with an average of 19.25 and a strike rate of 62.09. In the year 2018, Dhoni has batted 10 times in 15 matches, for an average of 28.12 and a strike rate of 67.36. Dhoni has an unimpressive record in England.
Sourav Ganguly said the ongoing series against West Indies would be important and critical for Dhoni who is looking forward for ICC World Cup 2019.
India has 18-odd matches left for the World Cup, starting with the five-match ODI series against West Indies.
Sourav Ganguly while watching the ODI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium with Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi told PTI that "I don't know what combination they are thinking at. But I'm sure he (Dhoni) will do well in the World Cup. It's (against West Indies) big series for him,"
Sourav Ganguly said that Dhoni’s overall record is very good. He added that it all depends on how the players perform going ahead to the World Cup. It is about scoring runs. That's why Rishabh Pant has been given a chance.
Ganguly further said that India is a good ODI side and this World Cup will be worth watching. All teams will play all and the best four will go. It will be a competitive one.
ICC Cricket World Cup will begin from May 30 at The Oval, London. The Indian Squad had not been announced yet. But there are chances that players like Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami will be dropped from Indian Squad in World Cup 2019.