Not all players can perform at the same potential in all formats. There are limitations to each player, no matter how great, skill, or talented they may be. Most of the time, these are not external limitations to a player. As the game evolves, it needs new players with different mind-sets to concur with the challenges of such newer formats/patterns.
This does not imply that senior players cannot survive in these formats, it is just that junior players/newer players tend to have an edge in such specific situations.
Sourav Ganguly, who seized the world’s admiration through his contribution in the Tests and ODIs as the captain of a relentless India side, often struggled to conquer the shortest format towards the latter stages of his career. This has been one of the few criticisms against the former Indian skipper about he was not able to dominate and lead the team in the T20 format.
Talking about his time with Ganguly, John Buchanan, the World Cup-winning former KKR head coach, opined that the veteran left-handed batsman’s game was not suited for the format.
Ganguly, who scored more than 18500 runs in international cricket in 113 Tests and 311 ODIS, played 59 matches in the IPL. The southpaw scored 1349 runs in the tournament at an average of 25 with seven half-centuries to his name.
“My thinking at the time was, as a captain, you needed to be able to make quick decisions, and your game needed to be suited to the shorter format, and that’s why I had those conversations with Sourav,” Buchanan tells in an interview.
“I just couldn’t believe he was suited to the format of the game and certainly not in a formal captaincy role.”