Bookies never dare to approach Sourav Ganguly

Sudipta / 13 July 2016

Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly is known for his never say die attitude. After match fixing saga engulfed the Indian cricket, he led an Indian team to excellence. Under his captaincy, India qualified for the 2000 Champions Trophy final, won the famous Natwest trophy final chasing 325 in 50 overs and more famously qualified in the of 2003 World Cup.

Ganguly was a fearless cricketer, he instilled an aggressive brand of cricket among the Indian cricketers. Under his captaincy, India drew a Test series against Australia in 2003-2004.

When he left the international cricket, he left his own legacy on and off the field. He is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

Recently a new thing was revealed about him. Bookies never had the guts to approach the Prince of Kolkata to fix a match. “During the time Sourav Ganguly was the captain, most bookies wanted him to fix matches. But, they also knew that it could never happen, because Dada was one of the most patriotic captains,” a former bookie was quoted as saying by the website,” Sportskeeda revealed.

“The bookies were scared to approach him as they knew, he would turn them in. So, it was a grown consensus that Ganguly cannot be sold and no one had the guts to approach him, as it could put their business in jeopardy.

Ganguly had once revealed that he was never approached by bookies in his entire career saying his no-nonsense attitude helped him to portray himself as a man who would not tolerate this kind of corrupt practices.

Ganguly was given the reins of the Indian team when a couple of star Indian cricketers were found guilty of match-fixing. Sachin Tendulkar was initially named the captain of the team, but he could not bear the pressure of captaincy.  His own performance suffered, once he contemplated quitting the game.  But his wife convinced him to continue to play and Ganguly was handed the captaincy.