Ganguly is a football fan, too Image: AFP
A self-confessed football buff, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, like thousands of Kolkatans, will be rooting for his favourite team Brazil but at the same time wants to be captivated by Lionel Messi's artistry.
"I am looking forward to Messi magic. He's yet to win a World Cup. It's going to be a big World Cup for him," says Ganguly, who has plans to watch the finals.
He further picked Brazil, Argentina and Germany as the teams to watch out for in Russia 2018. "Brazil is my favourite team but I am a Messi fan," he says with a smile.
Ganguly also extended his best wishes to Arjun Tendulkar, who has been selected for the India Under-19 side which will be touring Sri Lanka next month.
"Lots of wishes to him. I have never seen him play. I hope he does well," he says talking about the son of his long-time teammate Sachin Tendulkar.
Ganguly further said Virat Kohli and Co are overwhelming favourites to win the next month's full series in England. "I'm very hopeful that India will win in England. The way they have played the ODI series in South Africa, if they are able to hold back the momentum, they will absolutely win," says Ganguly.
India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests in the tour of England beginning July 3. England recently suffered a nine-wicket loss to Pakistan at the Lord's Test before levelling the series 1-1 at Headingley. "India are a far better side than Pakistan. India will have better chances of winning the series," Ganguly says.
India captain Kohli's phenomenal batting form has fetched him the BCCI's best cricketer award for two seasons, and Ganguly feels he should just keep playing. "He's nearing 30 and has another six-seven years. He just has to keep playing and don't worry about anything," says Ganguly.
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