Sourav Ganguly, former Indian Captain popularly known as ‘DADA’ is one of the iconic figures of Indian Cricket and we can also call him the ‘Grandfather of Modern Indian Cricket.’ After the match fixing scandal in mid-1990’s, Ganguly took over the reins of Indian Team and gradually make it one of the formidable teams in the coming years. With his off and on field aggression and man management skills, Ganguly bought himself the title of ‘DADA’ in Indian Cricket.
Recently, Ganguly, going down the memory lane, reminisced his playing days and remembered the players who made his captaincy stint a memorable one. Ganguly was also proud that these players went on to represent India for years to come and helped India win World Cup after 28 years.
“That (2011 World Cup-winning team) team had seven or eight players who started their careers under me. The likes of (Virender) Sehwag, Dhoni himself, Yuvraj (Singh), Zaheer (Khan), Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra,” Ganguly was quoted as saying while speaking in an online interactive session with Unacademy.
“So, I think that’s a legacy which I was extremely happy to leave behind as a captain. And that was my biggest legacy that I left a side which had the ability of winning at home and away from home,” Ganguly stated.
Ganguly, who captained team India to 2003 World Cup final, also remembered the historic day when he was in Commentary box watching team India lift the 2011 World Cup.
“I remember I was at the Wankhede Stadium that night and I came down from the commentary box to watch Dhoni and the team go around the ground. In 2003 the team which I was the captain lost the final to Australia, so I was so happy to see Dhoni have the opportunity to win that trophy,” the Prince of Kolkata added.
And now, after more than 10 years of his retirement, he is back again at the helm of the things. This time he has taken over the reins as BCCI president after administrative emergency for years. This time he has greater responsibilities but lesser tension as Indian Cricket is going strong and he has time to brood over the nostalgic moments of his much celebrated career.