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Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday ruled out last world cup’s man of the series Yuvraj Singh and fearless Virender Sehwag from making it to the Indian squad for next year’s world cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Time has caught both the veteran, said ‘DADA’ at conclave Salaam Cricket organised by Aaj Tak on Saturday.

“They were great players, one of the best I have seen but time catches up with everyone and so is the case with Viru and Yuvi,”, Ganguly said.

Both the players haven’t been in the ODI team in recent times, with time running out for the veterans; it is very unlikely that Dhoni will make any changes in the squad.

“It will be difficult for Sehwag and Yuvraj to play in this World Cup. Because World Cup is so near and Dhoni won’t make many changes in the side,” a candid Ganguly said.

Though India’s performance in Tests has been dwindling but in ODI India has done well and has a realistic chance of the defending the world cup next year in February. “India has a quality ODI team though they have not done well in Tests abroad. But in ODI there is a good chance,” he said.

Ganguly who led India to 2003 world cup finals, strongly feels that India’s performance on upcoming events will hugely depend on performances of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. However, it would be difficult for Raina to continue his superlative show with the bat in Australia.

“Virat has done well in overseas conditions. He has played match-winning innings in South Africa and Australia. Lot will depend on him. If he does well India will put up a good show. Raina has done very well recently. He has been consistent but it will also be a challenge for him to carry that form in Australia,” concluded the 42-year-old