The addition of Sourav Ganguly to BCCI as the president not only drawn admiration from the fans and the analysts but also the former cricketers of the overseas teams hailed the move taken by the Indian cricket. After Kevin Pietersen, now, it is Shoaib Akhtar, who joined the bandwagon to laud the move taken by the Indian board.
Ganguly is all set to be selected unanimously as the new BCCI president. The former India captain filed his proposal for the coveted post on Monday at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. He was attended by former BCCI administrators Niranjan Shah and N Srinivasan as he became the only nominee to file the nomination.
Ganguly was the main person in creating a new culture in Indian cricket. And also, he was responsible for a drastic change in the way India played Test cricket outside the sub-continent. He guided the team to the 2003 ICC World Cup final.
And also, Ganguly put faith in youngsters like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and several others, who would go on to become superstars of Indian cricket. Now, he once again enters to take the role, which is becoming a problem of concern for Indian Cricket.
Sourav Ganguly changed the mentality of the Indian Cricket – Shoaib Akhtar
Speaking of the same, Shoaib Akhtar quoted that Sourav Ganguly has got the best knowledge of the game to deliver the best to the Indian Cricket. He also believes that Sourav can identify the talent in the youngster, who can deliver at the highest level.
“One person that transformed Indian cricket was Sourav Ganguly, never felt before 97-98 that India could beat Pakistan. I never felt India had the system to beat Pakistan until Sourav Ganguly became the captain. Sourav Ganguly changed the mentality of Indian cricket. He had an eye to pick a talent to play for India,” Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“Sourav Ganguly is a great leader, he is an honest person when it comes to picking up talent. He is a brilliant cricketing knowledge,” he added.
Sourav Ganguly bettered former India cricketer Brijesh Patel for the position. Earlier, Patel, who was backed by former BCCI president N Srinivasan, was expected to become the president. However, backing by former BCCI President Anurag Thakur saw Ganguly taking the new role.