MS Dhoni lead India to number one in Test Rankings. But Sourav Ganguly believes that MS Dhoni needs to consider his future as the Test captain after the team’s string of failures overseas. 

Former Indian Legends Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman on November 22nd shared their experiences of their playing days for India at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at New Delhi. 

Both Ganguly and Laxman were quite frank in their approaches and it looked like a healthy discussion took place during the Summit. 

Here are some of the highlights of what both Ganguly and Laxman spoke at the Summit: 

 

1. On the famous win at Eden Gardens and Adelaide:

The situation we were in, there was nothing in my mind. Realistically, we had no chance to win the Eden Test. We never gave up. It was a miracleVVS Laxman (on his 281 run knock)

My mother-in-law said we will win the Eden Test vs Australia. Never believed herWe never realised that we will win the Eden Test vs Australia till the last seven oversSourav Ganguly

Adelaide Test win was another miracle. Kolkata win inspired the teamVVS Laxman

The Eden win versus Australia changed Indian cricket. It gave the team a lot of steelSourav Ganguly

 

2. On Captaincy and its challenges:

– Captaincy is not an easy task. You have a lot of answering to do. My biggest challenge as a captain was to tell either Harbhajan or Kumble that you are not playing: Sourav Ganguly

– A good leader identifies match-winners and that’s what Sourav Ganguly did. Sourav is emotional and Dhoni is not. That’s the only difference between them: VVS Laxman

 

3. On Team Spirit:

– The best thing was the boys always thought for good of Indian cricketI got a young, clean team when I became captain so never had issues like match-fixing: Sourav Ganguly

 

4. On India’s chances of winning the Border-Gavaksar Trophy:

– First Test in Brisbane will be important for India. The team is capable of winning but I feel that India haven’t prepared well enough for the Test series in AustraliaSourav Ganguly

– Lord’s win vs England should inspire India in Australia. Team must be consistent. Exciting times ahead: VVS Laxman

India must put runs on the board to win Test matches. That’s an area of concern: Sourav Ganguly

Dhoni should stay captain till World Cup. He has his problems as Test skipper: Ganguly

 

5. On India’s World Cup chances:

– India will win the World Cup final. The core of the Test, ODI teams is same and they will be well prepared: VVS Laxman

– Even in Australian conditions, India will be tough to beat in ODIs: Sourav Ganguly

 

6. On Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking innings:

264 in a ODI game was unreal. Rohit Sharma’s innings speaks about the quality in the Indian team: Sourav Ganguly

 

7. On Fast-Bowling:

– Fast bowling has a lot to do with attitude. It is also about role models. Pakistan have the better ones: Sourav Ganguly

– If you ask a young boy what you want to do, he will say I want to bat like Tendulkar. Who wants to bowl fast?Sourav Ganguly

 

8. On Retirement:

Should always go out on a high. You will always miss the feel of a bat hitting the ball: Sourav Ganguly

 

9. On Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh:

– Hardest thing for Virender Sehwag was to defend: Sourav Ganguly

– Dealt differently with Yuvraj. Had to get back him back to the hotel early every night: Sourav Ganguly

 

10. On Personal-Life

– Laxman did puja every morning, I didn’t. When you are young, one does a lot of things that you later regret: Sourav Ganguly

– No matter how much I tried, always ended up reading the newspaper: Sourav Ganguly

 

 

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