Sourav Ganguly is one of the greatest-ever Indian captain; someone who brought about a whirlwind change in the attitude of the Men in Blue; someone who instilled a cutting edge and made them believe that they can take on any team at any place in the world.
Ganguly took over the reins at the time when Indian cricket was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. The left-hander, along with other senior players built the team from scratches. Under Ganguly, the likes of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni prospered and went on to become world-beaters.
Sourav Ganguly’s biggest legacy was made the team feisty, someone who believed that they could win against anyone in any given condition.
“Sourav made the Indian team a feisty side”- Nasser Hussain heaps high praise on Sourav Ganguly
Nasser Hussain has hailed Sourav Ganguly for instigating a whirlwind revolution in Indian cricket, adding that the Bengal superstar made the side tough and when he was captaincy the team, opposition teams knew that they had a fight on their hands.
“Sourav made the Indian team a feisty side. He made the side tough, and when he was captaining the side you knew you were in a big battle with them. I have a huge respect for him as a captain as he started the revolution of Indian cricket,” Hussain said on Sony Ten Pit Stop.
Sourav Ganguly led India in 49 Tests, out of which the Men in Blue won 21, lost 13, and drew 15. Those 21 wins include memorable heists in Trinidad , Headingley , Adelaide , and Pakistan in 2004.
As far as ODI cricket, Ganguly’s achievements include taking India to the finals of the 2000 ICC Knockout and 2003 World Cup, 2002 joint Champions Trophy win alongside Sri Lanka and of-course the 2002 Natwest Trophy triumph at Lord’s.
Ganguly’s stint as Indian captain came to an end in mid-2005 after his fallout with Head Coach Greg Chappell.