If you are a die-hard fan of Indian cricket, you will remember the start of this century as a nostalgic time for the Men in Blue. One of the fiercest men in Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly took full charge of the team and started to make things happen that the team could not even imagine. Sourav Ganguly took the team to the World Cup final in 2003 but even as India lost the game, it spelt the start of a new era in Indian cricket and has helped the current Indian team establish the position they have managed to at the start of the current year.
However, there was a transition in a few years with Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking the honours of leading the side from Sourav Ganguly. Dhoni has also given India a lot of memories, the World T20 in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011 to name a few.
The talismanic wicket-keeper batsman has always been criticized for his team selection and had to face a rage many times for dropping senior players from the squad. He helped transform the Indian national team into a young team but made sure that the core of the team still consisted of the best players from the previous era
Here are 5-star players who were rose to the international level under Sourav Ganguly and went on to impress under Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
5 Players Who Have Sourav Ganguly To Thank For Their Careers
The man hardly needs an introduction. The hard-hitting Delhi-born opener is arguably one of the best opening batsmen of the modern game. He is a fearless attacker of the ball who puts no price on his wicket and has only one thing in mind, to score runs. Sourav Ganguly made him open for India that led to his growth.
He came into the scene as a limited over batsman who did not fear the opposing bowler and managed to take the same attitude into the longer version of the game only to find even more success. The only batsman in the history to have scored 7,500-plus runs in both Tests & ODIs as an opener Fastest Test triple century in test matches for which he took 278 balls.
He has currently retired from all forms of cricket but was an important part of the T20 World Cup-winning team in South Africa in 2007. Surely he is one of the best openers to have played for India.