Bangla Hunt Desk: Sourav Ganguly took charge of the team at a time when the state of Indian cricket was very miserable and legends like Sachin had given up. Sourav taught a team to win the match by pulling out a team plagued by fixing.
Sourav’s India stopped Australia’s race for victory in 2001 under the leadership of Steve War. Saurabh’s India made history by beating Australia 2-1 at home. Saurabh led the way in 146 ODIs with 76 wins and 49 Tests with 21 Test wins.
The grandfather made it a habit for the Indian team to win on foreign soil after losing confidence. Under Sourav’s leadership, India won the NatWest series. Under Saurabh’s leadership, young cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Kaif emerged. They led India to the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup.
However, this tour of Sourav Ganguly was not easy at all. Dada made his ODI debut in 1992 but was dropped after playing one match. Four years later, in 1996, Saurabh made a royal comeback by scoring a century in his debut Test at Lord’s. After captaining India in 2000, Sourav was dropped from the team in 2004 after Greg Chappell planned to become India’s coach. However, Saurabh did not leave. In 2006, Saurabh made a strong comeback during his tour of South Africa. Then in 2008 Maharaj said goodbye to cricket.