5 incidents which prove Sourav Ganguly will forever remain the Dada of Indian cricket
Regarded as one of the greatest captains of all time, Sourav Ganguly is often credited to have changed how cricket was traditionally played in India. Instilling belief and fearless approach in the team as the captain of the side, Ganguly gave India numerous moments to cheer for during his illustrious career. His shrewd thinking coupled with quality leadership and ability to identify the right talent made him one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket.
Ganguly was made the captain of the Indian team in 2000 after the infamous match-fixing scandal. He immediately promoted a host of young players in the side including Yuvraj Singh to lead India to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy marking the start of a dominant era. In 2001, Ganguly-led India stunned the mighty Australians to end their winning streak of 16 Tests with another youngster Harbhajan Singh grabbing the limelight. India then clinched the Natwest series in 2002 with Ganguly taking off his shirt in the balcony of the iconic Lord's Stadium to give India a glorious moment in its cricketing history.
The success continued for Ganguly as the captain of the side with India reaching the final of ICC World Cup after 20 years in 2003 where they lost to Australia to finish as runners-up. In the same year, India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy after drawing Test series against Australia. Throughout his stint as Indian captain and even after retiring from cricket in 2008, Ganguly remained the swashbuckling leader he always was. Never the one to mince his words and someone who is still adored by millions as the 'Dada' of Indian cricket.
Here are five instances which prove Sourav Ganguly will always be the Dada of Indian cricket:
1) When Sourav Ganguly owned England at Lord's
Revenge is best served cold and England will never forget how Sourav Ganguly gave it back to them at Lord's in 2002. After Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh led India to famous victory in the final of the Natwest Trophy, Ganguly celebrated by taking his shirt off and waving it from the Lord's dressing room. Ganguly had later revealed he did it because Andrew Flintoff had celebrated by taken his shirt off at the Wankhede earlier. It was obviously on dada's mind to return the favour.
Geoffrey Boycott: You must mention your experience of taking your jersey off and flying it in the air at the Mecca of cricket - Lord's! Ohh you naughty boy!
Sourav Ganguly: One of your boys also took off his jersey here in Mumbai.
Geoffrey Boycott: Ya, but Lord's is the Mecca of cricket.
Sourav Ganguly: Lord's is your Mecca Wankhede is ours.
2) The Eden Garden belongs to Sourav Ganguly
Ravi Shastri would not have expected to lose the battle of words when he asked Sourav Ganguly why there wasn't a stand named after him at the Eden Gardens. The Price of Kolkata was quick to respond, "The entire stadium belongs to me."
3) When Sourav Ganguly gave an earful to Mohammad Yousuf
Mohammad Yousuf injured his hamstring while batting during a game between India and Pakistan. He was getting treated by the physios and was seemingly in no hurry to resume batting again which left Sourav Ganguly fuming as he gave an earful to Yousuf for wasting time. Ganguly warned the Pakistani batsman that the time wasted in his treatment should not put in him trouble due to slow over-rate.
4) We had too many gentlemen in the team
Sourav Ganguly was known for his aggressive captaincy and he never shied away from sledging the opposition when required. However, the former Indian captain recently revealed it was only him and Harbhajan Singh who used to have some fun on the field at the expense of the opposition players as there were too many gentlemen in his side.
"If you tell Rahul Dravid to do that, he'll be like 'no no no that is not the right way to play'. If you tell Laxman, he will be like ' no no I am concentrating on my batting'. And if you tell Sachin, he will stand on mid-on and ask the mid-wicket fielder to sledge Steve Waugh."
Lol! Ganguly on fire pic.twitter.com/oDaay9oYir— rabhinder kannan (@rabhinderkannan) July 9, 2019
5) When Sourav Ganguly sledged Rahul Dravid in the commentary box:
While commentating with Sourav Ganguly and Harsha Bhogle during a game, Rahul Dravid said he probably under-bowled Sourav Ganguly as captain during the Test series against England in 2007. He then goes on to state how Sachin Tendulkar, who had bowled more overs than Ganguly in the series, had more Test wickets to his name than the former Indian captain. Ganguly comes up with a cheeky response and says Sachin's wicket came majorly on turning flat tracks in India before adding that he wished he knew a bit of spin.
After a successful career as an Indian cricketer, Ganguly is all set to be appointed as the next President of BCCI in what can be termed as the start of a new dawn in Indian cricket under the watchful eyes of one of the greatest servants of the game.