How to back right players should learn from Sourav Ganguly: Irfan Pathan

How to back right players should learn from Sourav Ganguly: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan picks his all-time favorite captain: Sourav Ganguly

Irfan Pathan

India’s most successful skipper Sourav Ganguly during his career established himself as one of the world’s leading batsmen. Dada’s captaincy known for the given chances to a talented bunch of individuals with his leadership and revolutionized Indian cricket as his team developed a new must-win attitude.

With rigid decisions, he led his side with complete pride. Under Ganguly’s leadership, Indian cricket has produced some outstanding players with a high success ratio. The players like sixer kings Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, and MS Dhoni started their careers under Ganguly.

undoubtedly, Ganguly taught the Indian team how to win overseas series and delivered the best cricket under the pressure.  In a recent interaction, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan answered the ‘best leader of men in India cricket’. Without any hesitation, he went with Sourav Ganguly and said that the former India captain knew the right players to back.

Talking to, Irfan Pathan mentioned how Ganguly groomed Yuvraj Singh, himself, and Harbhajan Singh in the early days. Dada also supported a few players in thought time. Sourav Ganguly is also known for backing the players and shows trust in his team.

“Sourav Ganguly wanted to make sure that he built the team. I remember Yuvraj Singh was struggling at the start of his career for quite a few matches. Ganguly backed him,” Pathan told.

“He knew that if I back this guy, some amazing things can happen in the future and certainly it did happen,” Pathan further said. Backing players motivates them big time and it makes them aware of the trust which the captain has in them. Ganguly’s call proved to be true as Yuvraj exactly did the same and became a Champion for the men in blue.

 At the disastrous time he builds Indian team – Irfan Pathan about Dada

Pathan said that at the critical condition the selector’s handover the captaincy to the Ganguly. The clouds of fixing were all over the Indian cricket team in 2000 and that was surely the lowest point in Indian cricket. The fans had started to lose faith in them and under this colossal dark cloud, Sourav Ganguly appointed as a skipper of the Indian team.  Pathan also said Dada brought Indian cricket back to where it belonged and achieved it with pride.

“Not only Yuvraj, but Ganguly also backed youngsters like Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. He built the team when the India team was in a slump. People did not love cricket because it was a tough time for cricket in India. Making people love the Indian cricket team again, the credit should be given to Sourav Ganguly.”

Irfan, who was India’s best bet as a fast-bowling all-rounder during his playing days, also added that Dada was the leader of the players.

“That is why if we talk about the leader, he was the leader of the players. Ganguly had only one agenda. To make sure the Indian team grows. Nothing else,” Pathan signed off.

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