Former India opener Wasim Jaffer was well-known for a solid defence and seeing through the new ball in difficult conditions. While he didn’t had a prolonged Test career, the right-handed batsman made it big in first-class cricket. Recently, Jaffer named the best captain he has played under.
Meanwhile, he has been making the headlines ever since he announced his retirement. Jaffer has been active on social media sharing his valuable thoughts on the game. Wasim Jaffer made his India debut under Sachin Tendulkar.
Ganguly is the best captain – Jaffer
However, his most caps came when Rahul Dravid was leading the side. Despite, that Jaffer picked Sourav Ganguly as the best captain he has played under. The Mumbai stalwart, who played only five Tests under the current BCCI President said it was Ganguly who made the side after 2000.
“Sourav Ganguly was the one who made the team after 2000. He had the temperament, backed the players, and gave them a longer rope,” Jaffer told CricTracker.
Despite not winning any ICC event, many former cricketers and analysts rate captain Sourav Ganguly very highly. The Prince of Kolkata brought Indian cricket to right path after a plethora of fixing charges. He built the team from scratch and gave India plenty of cricketers, who went on to represent the country for more than a decade.
Jaffer said Ganguly made Virender Sehwag open, who until then batted in the middle-order. He also backed the likes of Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra to cement their place in the side.
“He made Sehwag open the batting and brought players like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh,” Jaffer said.
Sourav Ganguly captained India in 146 ODIs, out of which the Men in Blues tasted success in 76 games while five ended in no results. In Test cricket, Ganguly had an even better record as a skipper. In his 49 Tests as captain, he led India to victory on 21 occasions, losing 13 while 15 ended up as a draw.