Sachin Tendulkar hails Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as India captain: He knew how to maintain a balance

Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as captain of the Indian team. He also explained the role played by Ganguly in helping the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and others at the beginning of their careers.

Ganguly and Tendulkar (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ganguly is set to celebrate his 50th birthday on Friday
  • Tendulkar said that the former India captain maintained a good balance with his players
  • The master batter also commented on Ganguly’s role in helping young stars

Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as India captain ahead of the BCCI President’s 50th birthday on Friday.

Ganguly had a fruitful run as the skipper of India as he brought in a lot of success and played a crucial role in changing the culture around Indian cricket during his five-year tenure. He led India to the famous 2002 Natwest series triumph in England and also guided the team to the final of the 2003 World Cup.

Tendulkar, who was the BCCI President’s opening partner in many games, heaped praise on his tenure as captain in an interview with PTI.

The Indian cricketing legend said that Ganguly was a great skipper and knew how to maintain balance with his players. Tendulkar said that when the BCCI President took over as captain, the Indian team was in a transition phase.

“Sourav was a great captain. He knew how to maintain a balance – between giving freedom to the players and giving them certain responsibilities. When he took over, Indian cricket was in a transition phase. We needed the next bunch of players who could set a platform for propelling India forward,” said Tendulkar.

Tendulkar also went on to comment on Ganguly’s role in bringing out the best from ‘gifted players’ like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. These were some of the stars who came into the spotlight during Ganguly’s tenure.

Tendulkar said that the former Indian batter provided the players with the support they needed at the beginning of their career and also gave them the freedom to express themselves.

“At that time, we found top class players – Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra to name a few. They were gifted players, but even gifted players need support at the start of their careers, which Sourav provided. “While their roles were defined in the team, they also got the freedom required to express themselves,” said Tendulkar.

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