Sourav Ganguly imbibed the aggressive brand of cricket in the Indian cricket team in a crisis situation and brought out the best from them. Under his captaincy India won the NatWest series in England and reached the 2003 World Cup. But one of the biggest regrets for Ganguly has been not being able to win the World Cup ever in his illustrious career.
India lifted the World Cup after 27 years at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Ganguly was watching history unfold from the commentary box. For him, the 2011 World Cup win, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni was the biggest day for him.
MS Dhoni’s six off the last ball will remain in Indian cricket forever: Sourav Ganguly
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir played a crucial knock in the 2011 World Cup final before handing the baton to MS Dhoni. It was then Dhoni, who took charge, and played a brilliant knock with a six off Nuwan Kulasekara to seal the deal for India. As he launched the six, then commentator Ravi Shastri erupted in joy at the commentary box, and so did the fans at Wankhede stadium.
Ganguly said the six will forever be etched in the mind of people. He also said, he came down from the commentary box to see the moment, and added that he might have lost the 2003 World Cup final to Australia but was happy to see Dhoni lift the trophy.
“For me the biggest day was when India won the World Cup in 2011. The great MS Dhoni… that shot, that six off the last ball will remain in Indian cricket history forever and what a moment it was,” Ganguly said in an online video lecture for Unacademy.
“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 former India captain added.
Ganguly also said that several players in the 2011 World Cup winning squad started under his captaincy and he was proud to make a team which is able to win at any conditions.