Cricketers like Sarfraz Ahmed aren’t born every day: Ganguly

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is facing severe criticism as the green shirts lost to India twice in five days in the Asia Cup in Dubai. Sarfraz scored a slow 66-ball 44 with only two boundaries as Pakistan faced India on Sunday. Amid the criticism, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has spoken in support of the Pakistan captain.

Speaking on a Pakistan channel, Ganguly said: “Sarfraz is a courageous player and the way he captained the team during the champions trophy last year was impeccable. He is a great captain and cricketers like him are not born every day.”

Ganguly further said that he, himself, had served as captain and knew how it impacts them when the team does or does not perform well. He also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board and former cricketers to support and encourage Sarfraz. “His decisions have played a key role in Pakistan’s recent matches.” The former Indian batsman also said he was surprised that two to four new players were included in Pakistan’s squad for each series. Regarding the Indian team, Ganguly said after defeat in the Test series against England, the Asia Cup is crucial for Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan’s future.