The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is known to give confidence to the young lads and many players did prosper under his reign as the leader of the side. Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag revealed Ganguly’s contribution to the meteoric rise of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Ganguly sacrificed his opening position for Virender Sehwag and then also later played his part in promoting MS Dhoni up the order at number three position. Dhoni was able to grab the position with both his hands and as they say that the rest is history. Ganguly always believed in backing the young blood and the team he set up was one of India’s best.
Ganguly always backed youngsters in the side
Ganguly made justice to quote that, “A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”. Ganguly was instrumental in giving the young colts their chance and the Indian team reaped fruits as it produced players like Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni who all went on to conquer the cricket world.
Sehwag said while talking to India TV on Cricket ki bat, “We were experimenting with the batting order at that time. We decided that if we get a good opening partnership then Sourav Ganguly would come at No.3 but if we had a bad opening stand then we would send pinch hitters like Irfan Pathan or Dhoni to accelerate the scoring rate”.
The former flamboyant opener added that Ganguly played a huge hand in Dhoni’s success as he said, “Ganguly at that time decided to give Dhoni a chance at No.3 for three or four matches. There are very few captains who would first give away his own batting spot for Virender Sehwag and then his set spot of No.3 for Dhoni. Had Dada (Ganguly) not done that, Dhoni would not have become such a great player. Ganguly always believed in giving chances to new players”.
Dhoni was reprimanded by Dravid
Sehwag added that Dhoni was even once scolded by Rahul Dravid as he had got out to a bad shot in a couple of matches. But after that, Dhoni was able to learn from his mistakes and when he was given the role of a finisher he grabbed the opportunity with both his hands.
The Nawab of Najafgarh concluded, “During Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, Dhoni got the role of a finisher. He got out a couple of times playing a bad shot and he was also reprimanded by Dravid during one instance. But from that instance, he completely changed his approach and became a very good finisher. The kind of partnerships he had with Yuvraj Singh are memorable”.
Ganguly played a huge role in the development of not only MS Dhoni but also many Indian players who went on to serve well to the country. The Indian team transpired in the reign of Ganguly and he was the reason behind some of the successful players as well as the success of the team.