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Sourav Ganguly is credited to re-build the Indian team after the match-fixing controversy. He became the successful captain and led the Men in blue to great heights. Under his captaincy, the team registered many memorable victories and Kolkata Test win against Australia in one of them.
Sourav Ganguly took over the captaincy role after Sachin Tendulkar resigned from the post in 2000. He reformed the team and gave to several youngsters like MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly and many others.
In the recent interaction, the Prince of Kolkata said that he was delighted to the then youngster’s MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag whom he gave the opportunity lifted the World Cup trophy.
“There were seven or eight players in that (2011 World Cup-winning team) team, who started their careers under my captaincy. (Virender) Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra were his first choice. So I think it’s a legacy that I was pleased to leave behind as a captain, and it was my biggest legacy that I built a team that had the ability to win at home and away from home.”
“I remember I was at the Wankhede Stadium that night and I came down from the commentary box to see Dhoni and the team on the field. In 2003, the team I captained lost to Australia in the final, so I was very happy to see that Dhoni has a chance to win that trophy.”
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. He also led the team to famous Natwest victory in the final against England in 2002. He also captained the team to World Cup 2003 finals but failed to grab the trophy.