On October 23, 2019, Saurav Ganguly took the charges as BCCI president; only second Indian captain to hold this post. Till now, only Maharajkumar from Vizianagram has been the chief since 1954. After the Lodha reforms, this is the first time a new board president is coming in picture. Now, Ganguly has ten months to resurrect the board’s reputation. Then after, the cooling period will begin.
Here are five reasons behind the meteoric rise of Saurav Ganguly, who is also known as Dada and Prince of Kolkata.
Ability to fight back and emerge out of the crisis
Let us start with the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly. He took over the team during the toughest times of Indian Cricket. The board of control trusted him after the match-fixing scandal of 2000. Not only Dada helped the team to win games, but he also restored the faith of Indian cricket fans. He achieved such splendid tasks with the help of cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, and Rahul Dravid.
Again in 2015, he took control as a president of the Cricket Association of Bengal because Jagmohan Dalmiya suddenly demised. Now, BCCI seniors want him to repeat what he did to Indian cricket in 200s.
Changed the course of Indian cricket
Indian cricket enjoys a tremendous reputation and fan following. But, the situation was nowhere similar in the early 2000s. All the credit goes to Ganguly and BCCI’s ability to invest.
He is not a person to be messed around with. He is different from the past Indian captains who were susceptible to the likes of England and Australia. His approach and decisions gave positive results. Through his body language, paying technique, and reliable arrangements, he sent a strong message to everyone that the Indian cricket team needs to be respected for what they do. Ganguly not only created a specific image for himself, but he also produced the desired effect of the young Indian team to show the right level of aggressiveness.
Batting records, especially outside the subcontinent
Indian cricket enjoyed arguably its best times under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly, and his batting skills played an essential role in the same. As a captain, he averages 40.23 outside Asia that includes several match-winning knocks. Most especial innings out of those are the 128 against England and 144 against Australia.
Apart from a magnificent show outside Asia, Ganguly has several other accolades under his name. Like he is the only cricket player to receive a consecutive man of the match awards four times. With 11, 363 runs, he is the second-highest run-scorer in India and eighth in the history of ODI cricket. Ganguly is the first player to score three centuries in the history of Champions Trophy. Well, there are many more that makes him a unique individual, player, and a captain.
Loved and regarded across the country
Millions of cricket fans celebrated after BCCI announced its new president. Everyone believes that Ganguly will set the right path for the board, and Indian cricket will achieve new benchmarks under his tenure as a president. It’s because he is one of the most successful captains. His estimated winning percentage is 81.81 because he won 21 out of 49 test matches.
Cricket audience knows that he helped several cricket players to shape up their carrier. Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, and Virender Sehwag are some of the players who played roles in winning critical matches for India. All of them were identified and promoted by Ganguly.
In 2004, Ganguly received the Padma Shri, which is a fourth highest civilian award for an Indian. Once Yuvraj Singh said in an interview,” I can die for such as captain.” Now you can imagine how the players and Indian fans love him.
A friend in the ruling side
After a long time, BCCI selected someone unanimous as a president, but it was not without competition. Brijesh Patel, the former Indian batsman, was also standing as a contender. However, once Amit Shah had a word with Thakur, the solo name that came out of the box was of Saurav Ganguly.
If we believe the media, Shah played a vital role in the selection process. A night before the nomination, Ganguly visited Shah and described it as a nonpolitical meeting. After this event, the rumors of political connections between Ganguly and Shah took over the air. According to the reports, Ganguly will also represent BJP in the elections of 2021.
This post was written by guest author Stewart Dixon, the admin of Cricket Betting Advice. Stewart is a cricket lover and follower. He loves to watch cricket and write about it.