Sourav Ganguly is arguably one of the most successful captains in the era of the Indian cricket there is still a huge fan following of Dada, as he was called in the team. The reason behind this is he was always ready to fight for the team. Even M.S. Dhoni is good and personally I like him but when the captain fails to secure victories for his team, then the confidence of the spectators and fans derails. So let’s see why Ganguly is respected so much and what were the things which led him to get such recognitions.
Ganguly was the highest scorer with his 131 runs on debut at Lord’s-which is known as the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ and mind it this record, is still unbroken. Rahul Dravid the batsmen with the most technical hand described Ganguly once as “The God of Off-Side” because of the ease with which the skipper played off-side shots such as square cut, cover drive etc. Most of us run behind Sachin Tendulkar and we always tend to forget players like Dravid and Ganguly who have greatly contributed to the Indian cricket. He has several other records in his kitty like the most successful Indian Test captain, fourth Indian player to play more than 300 ODIs. In the year 2004, Ganguly was awarded the “Padma Shri”, one of India’s civilian awards by the President of India for his excellent contribution of sports.
Ganguly lead the Indian team to the 2003 World Cup final, in which Australia won in the final match and that was the time when I personally felt very bad and decided to stay away from cricket for nearly 7-8 years. After this, Dada was the target of media and the mediocre cricket analysts and it further affected his batting form. Then he was dropped from the team and came back in the year 2006. This time he had some serious issues with Coach Greg Chappell and this made a great media hype which attracted negative publicity for the sipper. He was very depressed and the again was reflected in his game. Finally he took retirement from ODI’s in the year 2007 and from the Test Cricket in 2008.
Ganguly, as a person is very aggressive and he made his fellow team mates the same. This aggressive attitude boosted the confidence of Indian team and they were able to beat the teams such as Australia which use to be a nightmare for Team India. Ganguly had few things in common with actor Salman Khan. Like both of them were always in the news for the not so good things. Both of them were excellent in their work and were the favorite of their fans. Ganguly was also targeted by Indian media several times for different reasons. Whatever may be the thing, but Ganguly would remain a gem of the Indian cricket and I strongly believe that he should be given a chance to mentor the team as a coach which would again bring the ‘Ganguly Factor’ in the team.