The Engineer Of Indian Team
He was dubbed as the bad boy of cricket as he opened his T-shirt at the Lord’s balcony in delight after slapping the Poms in the Natwest series finals. He just gave Flintoff the answer what he did in Mumbai 6 months ago. He was criticized but Flintoff wasn’t. To me Dada did it right. You have to give the answer on the face if you are to survive the toughness of international cricket. Ganguly with that gesture gave a message to the world that India doesn’t meawo anymore but they can slap on anybody’s face.
For more than a decade team India were hero at home and were raped badly abroad. The dawn of the last decade though marred by match-fixing controversies but it also saw the change of a team under the astute captaincy of Ganguly. He transferred self belief and aggression amongst the Indians.
Under him Dravid developed as the wall, Laxman found his silky touch, Bhajji danced the Bhangra and Kumble rediscovered himself while the young Zaheer Khan developed as the fast bowler to be afraid of. No Indian captain would have risked with Sehwag to open but Ganguly made that happen. From top-order to the lower order India changed. It has now the best opening pair in Test cricket and the middle-order to be afraid by all while the bowlers found aggression which in the 90’s were absent. India were no more a team depended on Tendulkar.
No Indian captain in the past dared to point fingers or support the junior players but Ganguly assured the young guns place in the team and had always been behind them whenever they were in need. A leader in true sense of terms.
Under him India scripted epics in the last decade and India’s current domination in world cricket is only because of the Dada. Controversy haunted him, the press crucified him but they all forget to thank the Dada. He has given the Bengali people from Bangladesh and those from Kolkata a special gladness which cannot be expressed in words.
The IPL franchise had snubbed him but that is never to change the respect and love for the Dada. If Kapil Dev has given India a rise in 1983 then Dada has given India a new birth- a new life.