Cut from a different cloth: What Sourav Ganguly’s peers said about the newly-elected BCCI President
On Wednesday, former captain Sourav Ganguly offically became the 39th president of Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Ganguly, 47, was the only nominee to the post and takes over after more than two years of a Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators overseeing the board’s affairs.
The former captain’s appointment is being seen as a new era for the troubled Indian cricket board, after the previous office members were removed after a failure to enact a series of recommended reforms.
Over the past week, after Ganguly’s election became a formality, many former players and his contemporaries congratulated the former skipper. His taking over of the BCCI has been likened to his promotion as captain of the Indian team in 2000s post the match-fixing scandals and a period that saw the team evolve into fierce competitors home and away.
It's official - @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI pic.twitter.com/Ln1VkCTyIW— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2019
Congrats on being elected the @BCCI President, Dadi.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 15, 2019
I am sure you will continue to serve Indian Cricket like you always have!🏏
Best wishes to the new team that will take charge. pic.twitter.com/ucGnOi0DRC
“The way he played his cricket, the way he has gone out and served the nation, I have no doubt that he will serve [as BCCI president] in the same capacity and in the same manner, with same passion and same focus. That is what I know of him,” Tendulkar had said at an event in Mumbai.
Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demand😂good luck dadi👊@SGanguly99— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 18, 2019
Congrats @SGanguly99 on becoming the President of @BCCI I have got no doubt that under your leadership Indian Cricket will continue to prosper.Wishing you lots of success in your new role Dada. pic.twitter.com/xU82q5JIzu— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 15, 2019
You are a leader who empower others to be a leader congratulations @SGanguly99 for becoming @BCCI president..I wish you all the best going forward.. 🤗🤗🙏 pic.twitter.com/l2Xj2rIahR— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 16, 2019
Here’s wishing Dada all the best in his new role....often players don’t make good administrators but he’s cut from a different cloth. Expecting him to lead Indian cricket the way he led Indian Cricket Team to glory. @SGanguly99— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 14, 2019
Thanks dada for the wishes. Wishing you the very best in your new responsibility. Congratulations and all the best. Really happy for you and Indian cricket.— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 17, 2019
Wriddhiman Saha, who was a member of the Ganguly-led Vijay Hazare Trophy Bengal team in 2012 said that Ganguly can bring about a lot of improvements in Indian cricket as BCCI president.
“He is aware of player’s demands and knows what goes on between them. It will be an added plus to the team and individual players,” Saha said.
“I hope players will immensely benefit after Dada takes up the new role, especially under the circumstances. He has represented the country for a long time and then went on to dominate Indian cricket first as a player then captain.
“He can bring about a lot of improvements as he knows the game inside out. If something is not happening, Dadi can make it happen,” he added.
From player to captain to BCCI President, bahut Mubarak ho Dada @SGanguly99 . Great signs for Indian cricket to have an outstanding leader be at helm of the BCCI , expecting innovative and much-needed things— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 14, 2019
Congratulations Dada @SGanguly99 . Der hai Andher nahi.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 15, 2019
Great signs for Indian Cricket. May this stint bevan extension of the tremendous contribution you have already had on Indian cricket.
Ganguly received some overseas support as well.
Congratulations Sourav Ganguly on being elected President of BCCI. We need the same thing in #Zimbabwe#Cricket - namely people running it who know and love the game rather the current crop of administrators whose main goal is self enrichment rather than the good of the sport. https://t.co/rbwDEVzf3n— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) October 23, 2019
(With agency inputs)