Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said he had no problems with Virat Kohli’s aggression on and off the field. In an exclusive interview to India Today Television, Ganguly said Kohli was the perfect foil for the calm and composed skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Brendon McCullum’s absence will hurt New Zealand, says Sachin Tendulkar ) “Kohli is a huge addition to the side not just because of his batting but with his attitude as well. He lifts everyone on the field. There is so much passion in his cricket. He is the perfect foil to MS Dhoni. Dhoni is quiet, he does his job behind the stumps and Kohli gets everybody going on the field,” Ganguly said. Ganguly heaped praise on Kohli saying the star Indian batsman added a new dimension to the side. (Virat Kohli prepared to deal with home pressure at ICC World Twenty20) “We judge people too much. Kohli adds a different dimension to the side. He is not just aggressive, he delivers as well. He is a young boy, he wants to do well,” he said.Ganguly believes Kohli will be crucial to India’s chances against New Zealand in the World T20 opener tomorrow. The Delhi batsman has scored 352 runs at a strike-rate of 134 in eight T20I matches in 2016, hitting four half-centuries and averaging 117.33. (Also read: In-form India poised to break T20I jinx against New Zealand in tournament opener)”No doubt about his ability as a batsman. He is the best in the world in terms of ability and form. He is huge asset to Indian cricket,” Ganguly said.advertisementFormer Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram backed India to win the game. However he shed light on New Zealand’s all-round ability and warned the hosts not to take the Black Caps lightly. (World T20: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli)”India are definitely the favourites. However, New Zealand have been very good in this format at home. You can’t take it easy against them. They are a very dangerous team. They have a couple of match-winners who can win the game single-handedly,” Akram said.Akram was quick to talk about the impact of spin in Indian conditions. He said New Zealand batsmen will struggle if they get a turning track in Nagpur tomorrow.”Things will be different against India. Their batsmen have to be calculated against Indian spinners. It depends on the wicket. If it is turning track, New Zealand will struggle,” he said.World Cup hero Kapil Dev warned India against complacency. He said New Zealand were a young side who had plenty of match-winners. “You shouldn’t be complacent. New Zealand are a good side, young side, I can’t say we can walk over them. Any team can beat anybody in this format,”Ganguly played down the hype around India playing in a tough group along Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia.”If you are considered as favourites, you have stand up and deliver. You can’t make too many mistakes. You have to be the best,” he said.He also said the pitches in India will favour spin as the tournament goes on and asked the teams to be ready for it. “It’s a long tournament. The games will be played on the same wicket again and again. With time the tracks start turning. Teams will have deal with it,” he said.
OTTAWA — Canada is reconsidering its diplomatic presence in Cuba following another confirmed illness among embassy staff.A senior government official says today it is too early to say what steps might be taken as a result of the review, but all options are on the table.Officials briefed the media on condition that they not be identified.A total of 13 diplomats posted to the Canadian Embassy in Havana, as well as some dependants, have come down with a mysterious illness that causes dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.Global Affairs says the government continues to investigate the cause, adding that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families is a top priority.The department says the person who fell ill most recently is getting the necessary medical attention.The Canadian Press