Sourav Ganguly took over the captaincy of Indian cricket group when the game was suffering from match-fixing scandal. Ganguly took over the reins in 2000 after Sachin Tendulkar stop from the highest job and altered the picture of the game within the nation for good.
Ganguly went on to develop into one of the vital profitable captains to have performed the game within the nation, main India to Champions Trophy glory in 2002 and World Cup last in 2003. Under Ganguly, India put opposition groups beneath strain on the street and clinched some memorable victories.
However, Ganguly’s route to India captaincy was not easy. After ready for four years to return to the senior facet following his debut in 1992, Ganguly emerged as one of many main younger batsmen within the facet.
Nonetheless, there was resistance to Ganguly turning into vice-captain of the group, not to mention the captain, reveals Indian Cricketers’ Association chief and former selector Ashok Malhotra.
A former India coach was apprehensive about appointing Ganguly because the vice-captain to Sachin Tendulkar, in accordance with Malhotra who mentioned it took a little bit of effort to get the Bengal batsman into the management position.
“If I remember correctly, picking Sourav Ganguly as 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, who was the a part of the choice panel, advised Sportskeeda in a Facebook dwell session.
“And then we had fairly an enormous dialogue. 3-2 was voted in favour of Sourav as vice captain.
“But then, I will not identify the President, however he walked into the choice, which has by no means ever occurred within the historical past of the BCCI. And he and the Chairman advised us, ‘Gentlemen, let’s do some rethinking’.
“Two of us nonetheless caught to our weapons, however one selector mentioned, ‘No, the President has mentioned it so I’ll go along with him.’
“So we did not make him vice-captain then however in a while, we managed to (make him). I do know right now he is a legendary captain right now, however a little bit little bit of effort was there to make him captain, and even vice-captain.”
Malhotra additionally mentioned Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja had been forward of Sourav Ganguly among the many frontrunners when it got here to selecting Sachin Tendulkar’s successor because the captain of Team India.
“None of us knew Sourav Ganguly would develop into the captain, as a result of Sachin was the captain then. But as soon as he resigned, we needed to persuade everybody to make him captain as a result of Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja had been in line. I needed to work additional time,” Malhotra mentioned.