Once a Captain, then a Knight, now a Coach?
September 06, 2012 @ 00:00 am
The former Indian cricketer, Sourav Ganguly, is regarded as India's most successful captain of modern times.
Other than being the fifth highest scorer in One Day Internationals, he is known to be the third batsman to pass the 10,000 run landmark, which was first set by his colleague, Sachin Tendulkar. Although, he has been criticised for an inconsistent display at the crease, we still have reason to believe that the aggressive manner of today’s Indian players, is a brand of cricket learnt from him during his captaincy.
The views on Ganguly are varied; it is only when one attempts to gather the statistics, are his true colours revealed. He led the Indian team to victory in 21 test matches and captained them for a record 49 matches; this only shows ones commitment as team player than one who’s playing to the galleries. If he is given a chance, Sourav Ganguly would be willing to take up the job of being team India’s coach. This is how he put it, to a news channel: “Obviously, I have interest in coaching but only time will tell what can happen in future. If the BCCI feels that I can be a good coach, I will be ready. I feel I can create a difference in terms of the ability, form and development of the players. That will be the way for me to repay the game.”
The statement wasn’t taken lying down by the critics; because even though Sourav Ganguly was in the news for his rift with Greg Chappell, he has always advocated the need for a foreign coach. So, when he was asked what made him dismiss his earlier belief he said, “Different captains and different coaches brought in culture within the team where the players believed they could do well abroad. But the Indian cricket team is well aware of the modern techniques now. Don`t forget we won the World T20 in 2007 and the CB Series in 2008 under Lalchand Rajput.”
While this could very well be a rewarding experience for him but will it be the same for team India?
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