The last series of career is special to every cricketer because after announcing retirement, he won’t get another chance to don that jersey and represent his country again. Likewise, former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly has also special memory of his last series. He recalls the memory of the last Test match of his career when MS Dhoni handed him the captaincy which had surprised him.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who is celebrating his 48th Birthday today (8th July), reminisced his last Test match memory with Mayank Agarwal during the online show “open with Mayank”.
During the final session of the last Test match against Australia at Nagpur, the then captain MS Dhoni asked Ganguly to lead the team.
My last Test match in Nagpur: Sourav Ganguly
The prince of Kolkata was shocked with Dhoni’s request and took the charge but handed the role back to the wicket-keeper batsman after captaining in 3-4 overs. As Ganguly recalls that day, he said that he was amazed by Dhoni’s gesture and did not expect it coming his way.
“My last Test match in Nagpur. It was the last day, last session. I was walking down the steps at the Vidarbha Stadium. They (my teammates) stood beside me and allowed me to enter the ground,” Ganguly told Mayank Agarwal while shedding light on the guard of honour he received, during an interaction for bcci.tv.
“That (handing over captaincy) was a bit of a surprise. I didn’t expect it. But MS Dhoni being MS Dhoni, he is full of surprises like his captaincy. We were winning the Test match and my mind was on retirement. I don’t know what I did for those 3, 4 overs.”
Talking about Nagpur match, Sourav Ganguly scored 85 in the first innings wherein India posted 441. Eventually, the host won the match by 172 runs.
The former Indian captain led India in 49 Tests between 2000 and 2005 during which the team registered memorable Test victory against Australia in Kolkata.