Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that captaincy is not an easy job and the longer you are in the job, the tougher it becomes and everyone gets used to that. Ganguly was one of India’s finest captains during the early 21st century. Now, India has been doing well under MS Dhoni and have today won their second ever test at Lords after 1986.
Ganguly said, “Captaincy is never easy. The longer you are in the job, the tougher it becomes and everyone gets used to that. It is a stress and a strain. It’s not an easy job but you just have to do it and do the best you can. The important thing as a captain is that you have to realise you have been given a responsibility, and that you have to do it to the best of your ability. You will be criticised, that is part and parcel of it, but you just have to deal with it and move on. The thing you should do when you leave the field, you should speak to yourself and know that you’ve done everything you could for the good of the team. I don’t think you drop captains on the basis of one game. If the England and Wales Cricket Board think Cook is the future, they should make sure he carries on.”
He added, “I was still friends with team-mates even when I was captain of India, but you just have to understand that you’re leading the team and you have to do certain things. They understand it as well. I was just one of them but they were pretty clear about what I wanted. With a bowler you have to be firm, tell him what you want but also understand what he’s trying to do. You also have to try to help him and make it easy. It’s an understanding that you need to develop, and that builds with time and trust. Alastair is a good human being who comes across well, but he is in that cycle where he is not scoring runs. It happens to the best players. Alastair will score runs again.”