Sourav Ganguly is one of the greatest ever cricketers to play for the Indian team. In his illustrious career, the 47-year-old shattered and created various records and went on to captain team India as well. As a skipper, he left a legacy behind, and the image of Ganguly celebrating by taking his shirt off, will always be remembered.
He is called ‘Dada’ with love in India, due to his exploits with the national team. Having scored a century on his debut on the iconic ground of Lord’s, Ganguly went on to score 18,575 runs in international cricket and became the third-highest scoring Indian player in history.
It remains a fact of immense pride for all Indians, that a legend such as him, played for team India. However, there are some players who also suffered because of the former Indian skipper’s success.
Here are three Indian players whose careers ended prematurely because of Sourav Ganguly:
Team India went on a tour of England in the year 2002 and in the second Test match, India gave a young 17-year-old Parthiv Patel his debut cap . 16 years later, he is still going strong, but in his career, the left-handed wicket-keeper batsman has played just 25 Test matches and 38 ODIs for team India.
One reason for this is Sourav Ganguly, who was the skipper of the national team at that time. Both Patel and Ganguly were opening batsmen, and therefore, only one of them could play for the team. Thus, Ganguly thrived and Patel’s career stalled.
The 34-year-old also suffered due to the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian team. Owing to the lack of chances both as an opener and as a wicketkeeper, Patel remained a fringe player for the Men in Blue.