FORA.tv Speaker - Sourav Ganguly
He is India’s most successful Test captain and is regarded among the most influential cricket leaders of the modern game. Sourav presided over the destiny of the team after taking over as captain in 2000 in the middle of one of the most challenging periods in the game’s history, in the wake of the match-fixing scandal. Having made his India debut as a teenager to announce his talent, Sourav then demonstrated his resilience as he fought to make a grand comeback with back to back centuries in England on his Test debut in 1996. The man who became an integral part of India’s strongest batting line-up ever, presided over some of India’s most memorable victories, particularly infusing steel in a side to take on tough opposition overseas.
The 2001 home series victory over the all-conquering Australia, the 2002 NatWest Trophy success in England Sourav captaining the team to the World Cup final in southern Africa the next year are all part of the highlights of Indian cricket. Sourav also played a splendid mentoring role to many young players, like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, who went on to carve their name in the country’s cricket history.
After his retirement, the articulate ‘Bengal Tiger’ has gone on to quickly establish himself as a commentator, described by none other than the man whom he teamed up with so successfully – John Wright – describing him as the John McEnroe of cricket commentary.
11.16.12 | 00:42:54 min
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