We have often seen a fact that a single guy can inspire a million youth and that’s what “The Prince of Kolkata” has been doing over past 15 years. He has inspired a hell lot of youth in and out of the ground with his Aggression, Captaincy skills, Stroke-play and who can forget his legen wait for it dary “legendary” comeback in 2006 after being dropped from the team where most of the players would have taken retirement or gone out of the game like Kambli but DADA accepted the challenge and made a remarkable comeback which nearly took the cricket world adding more fans to his tally.
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In his days as Indian Captain he did the same thing by giving rise to young talents with the likes of Laxman, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Yuvraj and many others who are still the pride of our nation all thanks to this great personality who gave our nation so much to be proud of. This all started with that match-fixing scandle in 2000 when 2 of the senior players of the Indian cricket team-Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were found in spot fixing and were banned from playing cricket, Sourav Gangly was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team and then arrived the Ganguly era which gave birth to hell lot of youngsters whose success was enjoyed in the coming years. In his initial days as captain, he took India in the finals of the ICC Knock-out Tournament (now known as ICC Champions Trophy) and the rest was to follow.
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In 2001 with Australia visiting India for the Border-Gavaskar trophy, a lot of young guns were included in the team like Harbajan Singh in place of an injured Anil Kumble who left his imprints on the series with 32 wickets in 3 matches thus becoming the leading wicket taker in the series that also included a hat-trick, he was a major link to that 2-1 win over Australia after coming down from 1-0 down and who can forget that very very special innings of 281 runs from VVS Laxman which took the game away from Aussies and put the series on level terms.
That all come under brilliance and leadership of my role model our most successful captain-Sourav Ganguly. Not only this, there was much more to come with the likes of Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sehwag, Yuvraj and our present day captain- MS Dhoni who all started and developed their careers under this guy. Gangly may have never taken any credit for his and the Indian team’s accomplishment (during his period) but young players who have now become a major part of the team still vow by him. Ganguly backed his men to the hilt and in return he got their unconditional loyality. Yuvraj Singh once said,”I‘m ready to die for such a captain” and not only this he was also supported by his teammates during the most difficult time of his life that dispute with Greg Chappell which almost ruined his career. One must know that the side that won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, six of the men were there in the team that reached the World Cup finals in 2003 under Ganguly’s captaincy. Not only on the field he inspired a lot of them outside the field, with that i mean young Manoj Tiwary who when struck a mind-blowing 129 off 187 balls vs Australia A told the media about what’s motivating him to work hard is the famous return of Sourav Ganguly in 2006 after being dropped from the team. For India and younger talent Ganguly was the FORCE. The FORCE that united them, that made them strong, that told them how to play, that made them realize their own strength and that led from front and with all this I would like to conclude with being proud of a nation that gave birth to such a gem.
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