When it comes to the revolution in Indian cricket history, Sourav Ganguly’s name comes up right on the top. Dada, as he is fondly called, was the master of batting and also led India spectacularly to reach great heights. The year 2021 marks 25 years of Sourav Ganguly’s memorable Test debut at Lord’s, where the southpaw announced his arrival in the format with a magnificent century.
Ganguly took the charge of the Indian team after the famous match-fixing scandal, an incident which demanded the change of leadership in Indian cricket and Ganguly was up for it. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and led the team from front, inspiring many players including the greatest Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, the Indian team saw the best batting quartet comprising of him, Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman. As of now, Dada is leading the Indian cricket, as the President of the BCCI and he recently opened up about his journey in Test cricket.
“When we started playing cricket in our childhood, Test cricket was the ultimate cricket format and I think it still is the ultimate format. And that is why it is called Test cricket. I feel if a player wants to be successful and leave his/ her mark on the game, then Test cricket is the biggest platform one can get. People will remember those players forever, who play well and make runs in Test matches,” Ganguly said during a chat with Sportstar.
Speaking about playing the administrative role, Ganguly said, “And then being in a administrative role, trying to change the game. I feel very fortunate that during my tenure as a president, India won in Australia, 2-1, in a remarkable series. It has been a fantastic journey and as a sportsman, as a cricketer, you don’t expect anything better than this.”