The former Indian captains Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni are counted among the successful top captains in international cricket history. Former England cricketer and captain Allan Lamb has recently revealed his favourite captain between Ganguly and Dhoni.
Sourav Ganguly took the regular captaincy role in 2000, during India’s one of the most controversial periods in international cricket history. Ganguly inspired the national team and guided to the path to achieving regular success, which the Indian team is still following in a better way. Though India might not win many tournaments under his captaincy, the brave captain injected the rational belief into the team that India can achieve success even outside the Asian soil.
On the other hand, MS Dhoni took the captaincy role of the Indian team soon after the disastrous experience in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. Dhoni not only recorded the most-capped captaincies in international cricket history, but he also guided the national team to the top level of success in international cricket.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India not only reached the no.1 position in the Test team rankings, but they also won the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and many more trophies. The calm and cool captain gradually became a master to read most of the situations of the game.
I probably would go MS Dhoni: Allan Lamb
Allan Lamb served for England from 1982 to 1992 where he played 79 Tests, and 122 ODIs. In 1990, Lamb also led the England team in seven matches (three Tests and four ODIs). Recently, in an exclusive interview with Cricket Addictor, Lamb praised both the former successful captains. Though he felt that captain Ganguly was sharp, he chose Dhoni as his favourite captain among the duo.
Lamb told Cricket Addictor, “(Sourav) Ganguly was sharp, and I probably would go (MS) Dhoni.”
The present Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly finished his cricket career in late 2012. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni hasn’t played a cricket match since July 2019, after the heartbreaking semi-final defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. While Dhoni’s international cricket future is still uncertain, he wants to play the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).