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IPL 2019: Michael Vaughan picks the favourites to win the title

IPL 2019: Michael Vaughan picks the favourites to win the title

Ganguly said skipping matches is not the way to go. "With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup", the official said.

After impressing in the recent cricket outings, Pant also earned himself a "Grade A" contract announced by the BCCI recently which will see him earn a staggering seven crores annually.

Superstar Virat Kohli has been blasted over his captaincy on the eve of the Indian Premier League. Pant could not have asked for better guidance to foster his goal - he is now being overseen by the duo of Rickey Point (team coach) and Sourav Ganguly (team advisor) at the Delhi Capitals as he prepares for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who has been appointed Delhi Capitals' team advisor, said that the franchise has "to start somewhere" and "this will be the season".

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Kohli took up the responsibility to introduce Chhetri to the few players who might not know one of the most decorated footballers in the game right now. "What it has (the outcome against Australia) reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very, very well", said Dravid. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play.

Interestingly, both Rahane and Iyer are ready for the challenge and feel that a good show in the IPL will definitely make them contenders for that No.4 spot that has had players coming in and going out without consistent success.

"Ishant is bowling his best at the moment, the way he bowled in England and Australia". One thing I have always endorsed is that playing more matches always helps in that zone and rhythm is not [stopped]. And he scored them at ease, it's not that he struggled... for me, he's your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to. "In IPL, you do need to have great flexibility and we have players who can play in different positions", said Ponting. I have been watching him at nets for the last four years.

Heading into the 2019 edition in England, India are faced with the No.4 conundrum and a clearer picture will possibly emerge after the first three weeks of the IPL. I don't think anyone should worry about being worn out, being exhausted... "It's just that they have to be at top of the game", Ganguly said. Getting opportunities at the global level, at the IPL level, this will never come back. Yes IPL was not there as it came towards the end of our career but, cricket-wise, it was same. "These guys are really good".