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Have ‘no opinion’ on Gambhir’s ‘conditional ban’ against Pakistan: Ganguly

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"He is an option at the No. 4 spot for Team India", said Ganguly.

There can not be a uniform structure for workload management during the Indian Premier League as each and every player will have different set of requirements, Sachin Tendulkar said Monday. Chahal who endured a lackluster Australian series is all too conducive of being taken apart and we could see Tahir being played alongside him to add the much-needed strength against CSK's batting unit. Pant could not have asked for better guidance to foster his goal - he is now being overseen by the duo of Rickey Point (team coach) and Sourav Ganguly (team advisor) at the Delhi Capitals as he prepares for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former captain Sourav Ganguly has offered two extreme choices to end India's quest for the flawless number four batsman at this year's World Cup, suggesting they choose between a dour Cheteshwar Pujara and a daredevil Rishabh Pant for the role.

According to Sourav, "Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game has to go up (the batting order)... What it has (the outcome against Australia) has reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very, very well", said Dravid. "The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. In a short career he is been remarkable for India and once he is getting opportunity consistently he just be a different player".

"Ishant is bowling his best at the moment, the way he bowled in England and Australia".

"Don't think there should be pressure (on IPL franchises) from the Cricket Board (BCCI) (to rest some players)", the former Test batsman-turned-commentator remarked. "For me, he is your future".

Echoing the sentiments, Ponting added: "I would be picking him in the Indian team as the batsman for No.4 as he can win you the game with his talent. He's just got that X-factor..."

However, Ponting feels the players in contention should keep the selection worries away from their minds and instead stay focussed on doing well in the IPL as it could brighten their prospects for the World Cup.

". Because I have always said there is limited time to play this sport".

Even Kings XI Punjab, who had played a few of their home matches in Indore during earlier editions, will play all their matches in Mohali. I don't think there should be any outside interference. Getting opportunities at the worldwide level, at the IPL level, this will never come back.

"It'll be a good and competitive World Cup because the format is really good".

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