Indian cricket team's performance in the recent test series against England and Australia has raised several issues related to the future of Indian cricket team. Questions are being raised on ability of Indian team to perform on foreign soil in trying conditions as the test team lost eight consecutive test matches outside India. Consecutive losses have also raised questions of Dhoni's captaincy. Dhoni, who won world cup and T-20 world cup for India, is suddenly looking like an ordinary captain who has been lacking necessary leadership qualities. Also it has opened the debate on most successful captain that India has ever produced.
Prior to Dhoni, Ganguly was the captain of Indian cricket team and as a captain he won several matches for him. It who Ganguly who was instrumental in incorporating fighting spirit in team India. The way India won Natwest series final in England has not been forgotten yet by cricket lovers. Ganguly was very successful as captain against Australia which was the undisputed number one team during his entire captaincy. The way India defeated Australia after being down 0-1 against Australia in home series has become a part of history. The famous victory in Kolkatta test followed by inspirational win in the final test gave India 2-1 win against Australia.
Ganguly was probably not as great as Dravid or Tendulkar, but he had the great organising abilities. It is pertinent to note that most skillful player need not be most successful captain. Tendulkar is a prime example of this. However, Ganguly was able to extract the best from the team. He was instrumental in promoting juniors and was not afraid to give them chance in test matches as well as ODIs. Of course, there were some weaknesses in Ganguly as captain as well as an individual. He was not able to handle short pitch bowling. In his captaincy India lost to a weak time like New Zealand in New Zealand 0-2. Also India could not win world cup in his captaincy.
However, the greatest achievement of Ganguly was in building team India. He laid strong foundation of team India's march to greatness. Though Dhoni still has cricket left in him and he can continue as captain for some more day but he must know that is not alone at the top. Dhoni cannot claim to be undisputed number, Ganguly is also there to give him fight for the place. Time will make this argument more stronger as we are able to access a person better when he is done with his career in sports.
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