BCCI President and former captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli has all the talent to be considered a legitimate contender for the T20 World Cup and it only needs to show a bit of maturity to claim the trophy. India will open their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.
"So, you don't become champions easily and you just don't become champions just by stepping into a tournament, so they have to get through the process, they have to show maturity," Ganguly said when asked what India needs to do to win the title.
"...they all have the talent, they all have the skill to score runs and take wickets at this level. They just have to be mentally in good space to win the World Cup," the flamboyant former left-handed batter quipped.
Ganguly said the side should focus on winning every game instead of targetting the title straight up.
"...(the) title is only won when the finals are finished. So, you have a lot of cricket to be played before that and I think India should focus (on) every game, India should focus on winning every game and just taking it from there and not think about the title at the start," he said.
"They (India) will always be contenders in whatever competition they play in and the challenge for them is to be at peace with themselves, focus on the process rather than the results because the most toughest thing and the most wrong thing to do is when you take guard and you think I am here to win the World Cup.
"...what is important is to play the next ball which is coming out of the hand and keep doing that till you get to the finals," he added.
Seeing the trend in the IPL, does Ganguly expect a low-scoring T20 World Cup?
"No, no, I don't think so," he responded.
"Maybe in Sharjah it will be because of the wickets, but Dubai is an absolute belter, the (IPL) final played yesterday was an absolute belter.
"Abu Dhabi will be a great surface to bat on and it is going to be a great World Cup," added the 49-year-old.
Ganguly also hoped that the next edition of the Indian Premier League would return to India.
"I hope so, because it's India's tournament," Ganguly said in an online conversation on Saturday.
"As much as you see the superb atmosphere in Dubai, it's different in India. It's absolutely madness in India with the stands full. We'd love to have it back in India."
"I'm sure in the next seven-eight months, the COVID-19 situation will be very different, and we can host it in India with packed stands and the supporters pouring."