Ganguly discloses one of the best batsmen in the world

Andre Russell Kagiso Rabada battle on cards with 'visitor' Sourav Ganguly set to share spotlight at Eden Gardens

Andre Russell Kagiso Rabada battle on cards with 'visitor' Sourav Ganguly set to share spotlight at Eden Gardens

Dhawan smashed 97 not out off 63 balls in Delhi Capitals' seven-wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday's Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at Eden Gardens, much to the delight of Ganguly, an advisor to the Capitals. We got to see Andre Russell's sixes and Shikhar Dhawan's unbeaten 97 off 63 balls. He will do well in the World Cup. "He is only going to get better along with Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer", Ganguly said.

Shreyas Iyer fell in the sixth over to put more pressure on Dhawan, who also had a reprieve when he was given not out on a review, despite snicko showing a small spike. Chasing becomes easier because of the dew factor.

Then in the chase, Dhawan, who has been sluggish so far in the tournament, pottering around in the Powerplay to put huge pressure on the middle order, came out flying high and swatting short deliveries to the square boundaries.

Crucially, he added 39 for the sixth wicket with West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite (6), which gave KKR runs precious runs at the end.

"The best part of the game was how we bowled in the match. When we took Ishant Sharma, many said that he is a Test bowler, but he has been the best bowler for the last six-odd matches". It was soon after this stifle that Capitals carefully used Kagiso Rabada, and unleashed him later against Russell, who had his revenge this time around.

"We are determined to turn this team around".

In the two matches which KKR and DC played against each other in IPL 2018, both the teams ended up winning their home fixtures. "So there's a lot of self-pride in turning teams around".

Ganguly was also quizzed about the feeling to be sitting in the dugout and not playing. Now there is a different context to the game, Sourav Ganguly is coming home, as a mentor of Delhi Capitals amidst murmurs of conflict of interest. There were talks of "conflict of interest" with few of his detractors claiming that he would have "a say" in pitch preparation at Eden Gardens.

Dinesh Karthik tried to attack midway through the innings, but Rabada dismissed the Kolkata skipper, who clipped away straight to deep square-leg and returned cheaply for two.