Former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has thrown light on biggest match-winner of his generation. Saurav Ganguly was a part of ‘Golden Generation of Indian Cricket‘ and played alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
Dashing opener, biggest match-winner
When asked about the biggest match-winner of his generation, Ganguly straight away took the name of Virender Sehwag. Ganguly said that Sehwag had the unique ability to take the match away from Opposition’s reach in the matter of deliveries. He was quoted as saying this in an interview with Indian News Website.
The former India captain added how the mental side of things played a crucial part in the handling of a player like Sehwag. Ganguly had suggested Sehwag to ignore all the outside noises and only to focus on his batting. He also gave him the security towards his place in the team. He said, “You can’t drop a player like him basis two or three failures”.
Sehwag blossomed under Sourav Ganguly
Notably, after making a debut in 1999 against Pakistan in ODI, Sehwag had a lean patch on the International stage and was dropped soon after. It is Ganguly who backed him as an opener and brought him back in India Setup. Sehwag didn’t look back since then and had become an integral part of Team India. He along with Yuvraj, Harbhajan and Zaheer are always being termed as ‘Finds of Ganguly era'.
Comparison with Sunil Gavaskar
Sourav Ganguly compared Sehwag with arguably India's greatest opener Sunil Gavaskar. He said both were not that different. Gavaskar believed in making the red ball old by leaving deliveries outside off stump while Sehwag believed in belting the red cherry to make it old and soft.
Sehwag has been working as a broadcaster since his retirement from Cricket and he is believed to be in Ganguly'sideas for potential Cricket Committee Members appointment for BCCI.
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