For Indian cricket followers, it’s laborious to think about what the scenario of the group can be if Sourav Ganguly was not appointed the captain of India. In early 2000s, beneath Ganguly’s management, Indian cricket group developed a brand new match-winning perspective. Ganguly constructed a group of kids that challenged among the greatest oppositions in the world. But for followers, it would come as a shock that when Sachin Tendulkar resigned from captaincy, Ganguly was not the primary selection to be appointed as captain.
Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) chief Ashok Malhotra, who was a part of the choice panel committee on the time, recalled how appointing Ganguly because the vice-captain of the group was a tricky job, nevertheless it paved the best way for him to be chosen because the captain after Tendulkar’s resignation.
“See, if I remember correctly, picking Sourav Ganguly as a vice captain was a tougher job. I remember we picked him in Calcutta and the coach had some things to say – drinks too much Coke, takes singles but not twos, etc. In the bargain, I said having a Thumbs Up does not disqualify him as a vice captain,” Malhotra advised Sportskeeda in a Facebook Live interview.
“And then we had quite a big discussion. 3-2 was voted in favour of Sourav as vice captain. But then, I won’t name the President, but he walked into the selection, which has never ever happened in the history of the BCCI. And he and the Chairman told us, ‘Gentlemen, let’s do some rethinking’,” he recalled.
“Two of us still stuck to our guns, but one selector said, ‘No, the President has said it so I will go with him.’ So we didn’t make him vice-captain then but later on, we managed to (make him). I know today he’s a legendary captain today, but a little bit of effort was there to make him captain, and even vice-captain,” Malhotra added.
“None of us knew Sourav Ganguly would become the captain, because Sachin was the captain then. But once he resigned, we had to convince everyone to make him captain because Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja were in line. I had to work overtime,” he additional mentioned.
With Ganguly on the helm, India ended Australia’s 16-Test match profitable streak in 2001, and then defeated the Steve Waugh-led facet at house 2-1 in Test collection. India additionally gained the 2002 Natwest Trophy tri-series in England, reached the ultimate of the 2003 World Cup ultimate, drew Test collection in England in 2004 and gained a Test collection in Pakistan in 2004. Today, Ganguly, who at present holds the place of the BCCI President, is thought to be probably the most profitable captains of Indian cricket.