Even after retiring from international cricket after 12 years, Sourav Ganguly’s accolades for his captaincy doesn’t stop. Having served as the skipper of the national team from 2000-2005, Sourav Ganguly sparked the fighting spirit amongst them that went missing for some time. Former chief selector Kris Srikkanth credits the BCCI President for bringing together a team combination similar to how Clive Lloyd did for the West Indies.
Clive Llyod’s reign as the national captain saw West Indies enjoy their most dominant phase. Their unbeaten streak in Test series continued even after he retired and for 15 straight years. The likes of Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall formed the nucleus of a side which was known as a Champion Test side. The Guyanese also guided the Caribbeans to first two World Cup victories.
Kris Srikkanth conceded that Sourav Ganguly was one man, who was able to form a winning combination similar to how Clive Lloyd did in 1976. He credited the Prince of Kolkata for accumulating the correct blend and inspiring them. That led the men in blue to inculcate in themselves a competitive spirit and winning overseas.
“He was the guy who was able to form the team combination. Like how in 1976 Clive Lloyd formed the winning combination (for the West Indies team), Sourav put the correct team together and then inspiring them. That’s why Ganguly was a successful captain, even in abroad conditions. They started winning abroad. Ganguly is a born leader.” Kris Srikkanth stated in the show Cricket Connected.
Go for the win first: Kris Srikkanth compares another set of captains
The former Indian opening batsman went on to mention that the approaches of Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev are similar. The pair focus on being positive and aggressive and make winning the game their sole purpose. Being one of the best all-rounders of the game, Kapil Dev ushered India to the World Cup glory in 1983. His swashbuckling knock of 175 against Zimbabwe that tournament is one of the best counterattacking innings of all time.
“Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev’s approach are the same. Positive and aggressive. Go for the win first.” the 60-year old added.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli, the batsman needs little introduction. As a captain, India won their first Test series in Australia in 2018 under his leadership. The men in blue stayed on the top of the Test rankings for three years. Nevertheless, Kohli is yet to guide his side to an ICC title for which he has come under slight criticism at times.