Pune: Often branded as India’s most successful captain, Sourav Ganguly hogged the limelight more often than not.
The southpaw enthralled one and all present at the Symbiosis Lavale campus during his book launch on Monday, showing a glimpse of his unequivocal thoughts.
Ganguly, who spoke at length about his tryst with cricket and fellow cricketers, played up Indian team’s chances at the cricket World Cup to be played in England next year.
“We have a solid unit with an experience of playing in England now. Kohli has done exceedingly well there, and we are in with a great shout for the trophy,”Ganguly, known for his outspoken and unflinching approach exclaimed.
The 2019 World Cup will witness return of the Round Robin format, something that has the approval of Ganguly.
“The Round Robin format will make sure that, the four most consistent teams go through to the semi-finals. One odd surprises would not have a bearing on the final standings.”he opined.
Ravi Shastri, the coach of Indian team recently commented on the current lot, claiming they are the “best Indian team to have travelled for 20 odd years.”
Rebuking Shastri’s comments, Ganguly made his case with a blunt reply! “I need not say anything, everyone knows the truth,”he said with a smug smile on his face.
Kedar has a bright future
Ganguly, who has fond memories to share from his Pune Warriors days says Kedar Jadhav will do well to cement a place in the ODI setup and that he has the potential to make it to the Test squad.
He further shared his man-management experiences, stating that he encountered different players during his 6 year tenure as a skipper of the side, including an astonishing challenge by Virender Sehwag, who first-hand told Ganguly about getting to his 100 and further milestones with a six during his knock of 309 at Multan in 2004.
The funniest guy around
Ganguly said Ashish Nehra for being the funniest player in the squad during his term.
“Nehra’s body didn’t hold up for most part of his career. But he was very competitive, he never gave up. Fielding was not a part of his repertoire. When it came to bowling, when he got the white ball, he looked a different cricketer.” Ganguly said of Nehra, whom he promoted in the ODI squad alongwith Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Ganguly further said, letting champion players play their natural game was the key to the success of his captaincy stint.
“I never asked any player, be it Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid) or a Kumble (Anil) to alter or modify their natural game,” Dada concluded.