Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly changed the face of Indian cricket leading the team from the bottom. MS Dhoni took the baton forward and reaped rewards out of the squad Ganguly had built. Under Dhoni, India won three ICC titles and went to the top of the ICC Test Rankings. Sourav Ganguly feels the world cup-winning six of MS Dhoni will remain in the history forever.
The 38-year-old cricketer from Ranchi led the team from the front. He changed the temperament of the side and led them to the second World Cup title in 2011. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai ending a 28-year barren run.
Six of MS Dhoni will remain in history forever: Sourav Ganguly
Recalling the historic moment, Sourav Ganguly said that match-winning six by MS Dhoni will always remain in the history books. Speaking in an online video lecture for Unacademy, the BCCI President said those are the biggest days of Indian cricket.
“For me, the biggest day was when India won the World Cup in 2011. The great MS Dhoni… that shot, that six off the last ball will remain in Indian cricket history forever and what a moment it was.”
“I remember I was at the Wankhede Stadium that night and I came down from the commentary box to watch Dhoni and the team go around the ground. That team had seven or eight players who started their careers under me. The likes of (Virender) Sehwag, Dhoni himself, Yuvraj (Singh), Zaheer (Khan), Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra. So I think that’s a legacy which I was extremely happy to leave behind as a captain,” he added.
Sourav Ganguly led India to the NatWest Trophy 2002. They were the joint-winners of the 2002 Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, tied the Test series in England and Australia in 2002 and 2003-04, respectively. Also, the Men in Blues ended as runners-up in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. However, Ganguly regarded winning overseas as his biggest legacy he left behind.
“And that was my biggest legacy that I left a side which had the ability of winning at home and away from home,” he concluded.