Sourav Ganguly as a skipper was known to be a leader, who backed his players completely and gave them the desired freedom. When the Price of Kolkata took over the reins of the Indian team, Indian cricket was in complete disarray as the match fixing scandal in 2000, had eroded the faith of the fans within the team. From there on, Ganguly scripted a miraculous turnaround for the men in blue and till date, remains an inspiring figure.
Among the youngsters that flourished under the leadership of Ganguly, was none other than the flamboyant Yuvraj Singh. The southpaw, who went on to become India’s greatest ever match winner in the shortest format, was backed thoroughly by Ganguly. In an interview with Sportskeeda, Yuvraj opened up about the influence Ganguly had on his career.
“Dada ( Sourav Ganguly) always backed me”, said Yuvraj. “He just told me to play my natural game and play till the end,” the southpaw added. When asked about his most memorable moments, the Punjab star mentioned three games in which he played absolute blinders. “The Natwest finals, 2007 World T20 match (where he hit 6 sixes against Broad) vs England and 2011 World Cup Quarter-final vs Australia,” he said. When asked about anyone else he thinks could join him in achieving the feat he said, “I think Chris Gayle,”
Yuvraj added about the significance of having a reliable technique, in order to succeed in ODI’s and test. “In IPL or T20 cricket the margin of error is very little and one mistake can cost you a game,” Yuvraj said. “However you get more games in IPL to make a comeback even if you are behind on the points table.”“In ODI’s or Test your game needs to be very compact and it is a complete test of your technique,” he adds and went on to admit that the luxury of having more overs is surely an advantage.”
Upbeat about the upcoming domestic season, Yuvi said that he was training well. “Well, I’m training regularly to be in shape for the upcoming domestic season. I’m looking to have a good season with both bat and ball,” he said.