Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag mentioned that Sourav Ganguly was the best captain he had played under in his entire international career.
Sehwag played 374 international matches for India in a career that spanned for close to 14 years. Sehwag made his international debut under the captaincy of Ajay Jadeja in an ODI match against Pakistan in 1999.
Virender Sehwag’s international career under various captains
In his career, Sehwag played under several captains like Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and MS Dhoni.
Sehwag was the deputy of Dhoni when India won the 2011 World Cup and he also stood as India’s captain in 17 matches across all formats.
Sourav Ganguly built a team from scratch: Virender Sehwag
For the most part of his career, Sehwag played under Ganguly’s leadership and in fact, there was an important period in his career when Ganguly promoted him to open the innings when he was struggling in scoring runs.
When the former Indian batsman was asked about who was the best captain between Ganguly and Dhoni.
Sehwag replied that both were good captains but mentioned that Dhoni had the benefit of already a good team prepared before him while Ganguly changed the approach and mindset of Indian players.
“They were both good captains but the best I thought was Sourav Ganguly. Because Ganguly built a team from scratch where he picked new and promising players and rebuilt the team and taught India to win abroad. We drew Test series, learnt to win Test matches,” Sehwag told RJ Raunak on the latter’s YouTube channel.
“MS Dhoni had the advantage of a developed team so when he became captain, it wasn’t too difficult for him to prepare a new team. Hence, both were good, but in my opinion, Ganguly was the best captain,” Sehwag added.
Sehwag announced retirement from all forms of cricket in 2015 but his last international appearance was made back in March 2013 against Australia in a home Test.