Sourav Ganguly, BCCI, MSK Prasad
Sourav Ganguly. Credits: PTI.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has given credit to ex-skipper of India, Sourav Ganguly for transforming Indian cricket. Hussain believes Ganguly was instrumental in changing India from nice cricketing nation to a ruthless one. India has been a consistent side in the last 15 years and a lot of credit for building the platform goes to Sourav Ganguly.

In fact, Ganguly had taken the captaincy of Indian cricket when it was in turmoil of match-fixing. The Prince of Kolkata led with aplomb and he was able to get the best out of his players. Furthermore, the win to loss ratio started to improve under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. In fact, there is no doubt that Ganguly gave confidence to players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh who went on to serve Indian cricket with great success.

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Sourav Ganguly, Asia Cup 2018
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Sourav Ganguly took Indian cricket to new heights.

Thus, Ganguly was instrumental in taking Indian cricket to new heights. Ganguly also backed his players to the hilt and gave them opportunities to grow their career.

In an interview with India Today, Hussain stated, “Indian cricket changed because of Ganguly. Sourav was never bothered about being friends with people. He transformed them from a nice cricketing nation to a ruthless one which was only interested in winning.”

Nasser Hussain Credits Sourav Ganguly For Transforming Indian Cricket Nasser Hussain Credits Sourav Ganguly For Transforming Indian Cricket Nasser Hussain Credits Sourav Ganguly For Transforming Indian Cricket Nasser Hussain Credits Sourav Ganguly For Transforming Indian Cricket

On the other hand, the same legacy was carried by Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, India is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup. Kohli has also led from the front and Nasser Hussain stated that Kohli is a great asset as the captain of the side.

Nasser Hussain, Alastair Cook, England, India
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Patrick Eagar Collection via Getty Images)

“Virat is not worried about anything else other than winning games for the country. That is his greatest asset as a captain, I feel. I thought there never will be someone to replace Sachin, but Kohli is going to break them all — just a phenomenal achievement by a phenomenal player,” added Nasser Hussain who is commentating in the ongoing World Cup.

India has played consistent cricket in the recent past. They have ticked the right boxes and would like to continue their good form going. India will begin their WorldCup campaign against South Africa at Southampton on 5th June. South Africa has got off to a horrible start as they have lost both their matches.

Gautam Chauhan

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