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Former captains Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly had been the tough rivals in the field, but things have changed now. Hussain has heaped praise on Ganguly’s captaincy. According to him, the former Indian captain had a significant contribution of converting Team India from a friendly team to a tough team.
Hussain and Ganguly’s most memorable encounter was the Natwest Trophy 2002 grand finale. Chasing the target of 326 runs, India lost the wickets of fab four, but the youngsters Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh took away the game from England. To celebrate the victory, Ganguly took off his shirt at the Lord’s balcony and that moment became immortal in the history of cricket.
Sourav Ganguly made the Indian team a feisty side: Nasser Hussain
In the recent interaction, Nasser Hussain, who has represented England in 96 Tests and 88 ODIs, lauded Ganguly’s captaincy which according to him, turned the fortune of India.
“Sourav made the Indian team a feisty side. He made the side tough, and when he was captaining the side you knew you were in a big battle with them. I have a huge respect for him as a captain as he started the revolution of Indian cricket.”
Further, Hussain added that Virat Kohli has a similar attitude like Ganguly as he is ambitious and competitive.
“Virat Kohli is a hugely combative cricketer. When he is out on the field, he wants to win and is desperate for victory,” Nasser maintained.
Sourav Ganguly is credited to re-build Team India after the allegations of match-fixing surrounded the team. He allowed youngsters like MS Dhoni and backed them.
Sourav Ganguly is credited to re-build Team India after the allegations of match-fixing surrounded the team. He allowed youngsters like MS Dhoni and backed them. He is considered as one of the successful captains in Indian cricket history. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, India won 76 ODIs and 21 Tests out of the 146 ODIs, and 49 Tests played. However, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have overtaken Ganguly’s record.