Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is considered one of the most successful captains to have captained the national team. Ganguly took over the reins of Team India following the match-fixing controversy that led to the ousting of former captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Ganguly went on to make India a force to be reckoned with under his leadership and handed the country a number of match winners in the form of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag among others.
Ganguly managed to infuse the Indian team with a fighting spirit after taking over as captain and helped the team win memorable matches at home and abroad. India also became a great touring team under his leadership and continued to prove their mettle under different conditions.
While Ganguly himself had become one of the key members of the Indian squad in all formats when he took over as captain, he had a number of senior players to work alongside him during his tenure. of captain. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid were some of the big names in the Indian squad at the time.
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Recalling his days as a captain on the Indian side, Ganguly explained the difference between being a captain and being a leader. Speaking to the Economic Times India Leadership Council, the current head of the Board of for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the captaincy leads a team on the pitch while management builds a team both on and off. ground.
“There is a difference between being a captain and a leader, in a starting position as a captain, how did you make the seniors and youngsters believe in your leadership. Captain, for me, is leading a team on the field, and leadership, for me, is building a team. So whether I worked with Sachin, Azhar or Dravid, I was not in competition with them; instead, I collaborated with them as leaders and shared responsibility,” Ganguly said.
India has achieved many feats under Ganguly including the famous Natwest triumph in 2022 and the ICC ODI World Cup Final in 2003. India also won the Champions Trophy under Ganguly in 2002.
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Ganguly said there was no shortage of talent in the team when he was captain, but it was important to give the players good exposure to show off their skills. He further stated that for him, his teammates’ careers were just as valuable as his own as he knew what it takes to play for the country.
“But talent without exposure is nothing. I had great players under me who could have captained at any time, and I was lucky enough to meet those great players, so I saw it not only as an honor but also as an opportunity to change things, to make it an equal platform for everyone to express themselves,” said the current head of BCCI.
“When you select an individual, you select them first for their abilities, and second, you select them for success. And to me, their career was as important as mine because I know what it took. to get here, to represent India,” he added.
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