As per Manoj Tiwary, Sourav Ganguly had a major contribution in India’s World Cup 2011 triumph because the winning squad was build under the former Indian captain.
Well, Tiwary is not the first to credit Ganguly for India’s World Cup victory. Gautam Gambhir and other several former cricketers have said that Ganguly built the team which had helped MS Dhoni to end India’s trophy drought.
Dhoni guided the team to World Cup victory after 28 years following Kapil Dev and Co’s triumph way back in 1983 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Sourav Ganguly played the big part: Manoj Tiwary
Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the captaincy of the Indian team after the affray between him and the then head coach Greg Chappell. Although after he returned to the team, he was not the given position of the skipper. Subsequently, he retired from the game in 2008.
During his captaincy period, he is credited to back several young players like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag and also the World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni. Tiwary also noted the same contribution of Ganguly, stating that players had a sense of security under Ganguly.
“Sourav Ganguly has played a big part in building that team over a period of time. If you go deeply and see, the players who performed well when we won the World Cup in 2011, all the players started when Sourav Ganguly was leading the country,” Tiwary was quoted as saying in Sportskeeda.
“He gave so much of security to youngsters at that point of time, whether it be Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra or Gautam Gambhir. All that experience worked for us in 2011 under the brilliant captaincy of Dhoni,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly raised from leading the Indian team to becoming the BCCI president. Currently, he waiting to hear the Supreme Court’s decision on his extension of tenure in the Indian board.