The face who turned around Indian Cricket Team into a World-beater is none other than Sourav Ganguly. He possessed a natural knack for leadership which is why he is considered one of the most successful captains in cricket. He was responsible for instilling ambition into a somewhat unfocused team when he took over the captaincy in 2000. Some best matches of India under his leadership are still fresh in cricket lovers’ mind and it is worth revisiting them.
Final of NatWest Series at Lord’s: India had to chase 326 runs in 50 overs to win at the Mecca of cricket, Lord’s. Chasing 326 was not an easy task but a great partnership between Sehwag and Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif helped India chase the score with 3 balls to spare. India won the series against England in their home ground. This was the same match where the then skipper swung his jersey after the win.
India vs Pakistan 2003 World Cup: Pakistan scored 273 in 50 overs and India had to win this match against it favourite cricket rival. India wrapped up the game in 46 overs and ended Pakistan’s 2003 World Cup journey with the win.
India vs Sri Lanka 2003 World Cup: India had to bat after Sri-Lanka opted to bowl first. India scored a decent 296 with 6 wickets down. However, Indian bowlers ended the match in 23 overs with all wickets down for 109 runs. India won with a whopping 183 runs.
India vs England, 2004: Ganguly opened this match and although India’s batting collapsed enormously he scored 90 and helped India reach a decent 204. He used his cricketing brains to perform the bowling changes and India bowled England out for 181. India won the match by 23 runs and Ganguly became the Man of the Match.
There were numerous great matches under his captaincy India won because of his leadership and skills. One of the best captains for a reason.