Sourav Ganguly was one of the respected and influential cricketers India have ever produced. Ganguly is always credited for the rise of Indian cricket as he always led from the front during trying times.
He became the captain of India during the fixing saga in 2000. After taking the reigns, Ganguly never looked back and created a core unit of players that helped India win both at home and overseas.
When Dhoni surprised Ganguly in his last Test
The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ played his last Test match against Australia at Nagpur in 2008. MS Dhoni, who was captaining the side at that Test surprised Ganguly with his gesture. Dhoni gave the captaincy to Ganguly during the closing stages of the Test match. Ganguly recently admitted that MS Dhoni was full of surprises and his captaincy was no different.
“My last Test match in Nagpur. It was the last day, last session. I was walking down the steps at the Vidarbha Stadium. Then my teammates stood beside me and allowed me to enter the ground.”
“When he handed me the captaincy it was a bit of a surprise. I didn’t expect it. But MS Dhoni being MS Dhoni, he is full of surprises like his captaincy. We were winning the Test match and my mind was on retirement. I don’t know what I did for those 3-4 overs,” Ganguly told Mayank Agarwal in the chat show ‘Open Nets with Mayank’.
Sourav Ganguly scored 85 and 0 in the first and second innings of his final Test match. India went on to comprehensively win the match by 172 runs. The current BCCI President rightly received a guard of honour from his teammates as his glorious career came to an end.