Ganguly Is Stalwart

India Pakistan Cricket

One post on lighter side… do you think how this is connected to GIS? Yes.. I abbreviate GIS as Ganguly Is Stalwart

“When the match-fixing row surfaced, the needle of suspicion fell on every player. When a top bookie was asked if Ganguly had any role in the scandal, he said, ‘Sir, we wanted him. But nobody had the guts to ask Ganguly whether he could fix matches for INDIA.'”

Sourav is a great captain and we should be proud of such a leader. –Kapil Dev

Sourav’s greatest strength is his mind. He is hardworking – not only in the nets but also mentally. He bounces back. –Sachin Tendulkar

On the onside, first there is God, then Sourav Ganguly. –Rahul Dravid

We have a young talented side. They have found a good captain in Sourav Ganguly.
–Indian cricketing legend Mustaq Ali

He is a wonderful batsman and definitely the best captain that India can have. So far he has surpassed my expectations and continues to do so. You rarely come across people like Sourav, he is different, he is special, there can be just one Sourav Ganguly.–Indian cricketer Arun Lal

Sourav’s greatest asset is his ability to communicate. He is a naturally very confident person. He encourages his team, is a great motivator and a born captain. He is not the media’s blue eyed boy because he is a very straightforward person, who never minces his words, instead he talks in a no nonsense manner to the press. He shares an extremely healthy rapport with his teammates. His leadership skills are also vouched for by the youngsters in the team. He has phenomenal brand value. He’s the new-age Indian, an aggressive go-getter, full of self-belief, determination.
–Ravi Shashtri

Ever since Sourav became the captain, I do not feel like a youngster in the team any more. Everybody is treated equally and Sourav himself is extremely approachable and a pillar of strength. Sourav stood by me when I was struggling. I owe a great deal to him for standing by me at the most important time. I can’t express my gratitude to him in words.–Harbhajan Singh

He is the first one to encourage us when we perform well. He is firm but he is fair. He is a very tough and aggressive captain, who is on all accounts, a team man, one who backs his players. Off the field, he is very easy and approachable. He also shows a great interest in all his juniors and their game. When I wasn’t selected for a particular tour of England, Sourav personally called me up and told me how he too had gone through a bad patch and then things had improved for the better, just as they would for me.–Deep Dasgupta

The Bengal tiger always has his tail up, ready to devour the opposition.–Navjot Singh Sidhu

Sourav is really the best captain India has ever had.–Sunil Gavaskar

Besides football, the only other game I ever took interests in was basketball, but never cricket. Sourav is the sole reason why I am a cricket lover today. He has worked very hard to reach the position he is in today and that makes him really admirable.

–Best-known footballer and captain of Indian Football team, Baichung Bhutia

I captained Sourav in the East Zone. He was a majestic player. I have not seen anybody play a cover drive as well as Sourav. He is very busy, nevertheless, he is so approachable that one will always find the youngsters of the team crowding around him and discussing cricket and swapping strategies.
–Former domestic cricketer Saba Karim

I have known Ganguly as a quiet lad, who always respected the seniors and lent an ear to any advice that came from them. This was the quality that impressed me most in this determined cricketer and I was not averse to giving him a break as early as possible.
–Mohammed Azharuddin

Sourav’s best quality is that he has the ability to remain unperturbed even when he faces severe criticism.–Javagal Srinath

The great thing about Sourav is that he doesn’t let any criticism bother him. He is his own man, and an intensely determined one. He always speaks his mind. His batting is a unique mix of touch and power. When he plays those drives, it’s all touch, all elegance. Timing is his gift. He has the ability to not only clear the ropes but even the stadium. Against spin, my god, he is really a murderer! One thing I’d love to have from his game is his the ability to clear the ropes. As a captain, he is always encouraging his batsmen, reminding them of past successes. Sourav is among the best one-day players I have seen.
–VVS Laxman

There is nothing wrong with his captaincy. He has marshalled his troops quite well and moulded the side into a winning outfit in the last few years. –Syed Kirmani

“Outsiders don’t understand the feeling of our people, the kind of respect we have for these players. I think that he made a comeback and proved himself all over again made it clear that he should not have been thrown out in the first place. He made a point and proved people wrong,” Kapil Dev

Sourav as captain

Look, I didn’t study his captaincy thinking I’d myself be the captain one day… Sourav’s a great thinker and, obviously, that came through when he was the captain… Even now, he can reel off stats about players and how matches have gone at particular venues… What’s happened to teams winning the toss… It’s remarkable… As captain, he wasn’t shy of trying something new and was flexible with strategy… Sourav has quite a few qualities and I’d say it has been a pleasure playing with him. (Adds laughing) His only problem as captain, I guess, was with the over-rates!

Sourav has given them [the Indian team] that confidence and ability to target teams or individuals at key times.–John Buchanan, Australian coach

I’ve worked with Sourav and I enjoy his company. I found him to be likeable and a very nice fellow. It will be good to renew the acquaintance.–Greg Chappell

I’ve learnt so much from Sourav. He has played 15 years of cricket. Sitting down with him and getting to know phenomenal.- David Hussey

He’s the type of bloke you would want to have on your side. When you see an Indian side with Ganguly in the line-up, you know it’s game on. You don’t have to like or dislike him. You have to respect him.
– Steve Waugh

Sourav has got a huge role to play in Indian cricket and its success. I hope certainly that he gets back in there because he is a hell of a good player and he still has got too much to offer to Indian cricket.
– Allan Donald (when dada was out of team)

He has got a lot of runs and we have a huge respect for him.- Graeme Smith

I have seen Ganguly bat and he can make a difference.– Graeme Pollock

He lends credibility to the batting order.- Gary Kirsten

Sourav Ganguly has been an excellent captain, his record speaks for himself. I found him to be a tough competitor and every Indian should feel proud of Sourav.–Former England captain Nasser Hussain

Ganguly is the new Steve Waugh of mind games. Ian Healy

Sourav has given them [the Indian team] that confidence and ability to target teams or individuals at key times. -John Buchanan, Australian coach

Whatever I have seen of his captaincy, I liked it.- Arjuna Ranatunga, former Sri Lankan skipper

Ganguly is a very good leader. His return to the field brings a spring in the steps of the Indians. He is a great player. Ricky Ponting

A quality batsman. There are a couple of things I like about his batting. He is right up there on my list, as far as offside play goes. The other thing he excels at is his use of feet to spinners. He keeps his head down, has nice footwork and a lovely long follow-through. I really enjoy it when he comes down the track to spinners. In fact, you can safely bet that it would go for a six. — Ian Chappell

Sourav has done an excellent job of balancing his captaincy with his personal game. He looks like he is enjoying being captain. And effectively, he has lightened the burden on Sachin Tendulkar.

Dave Whatmore

He is a brilliant player and definitely a force to reckon with! –Wasim Akram

He’s very competitive and knows what he wants. He has developed toughness in character and that is what is needed for Indian cricket. Ganguly has proved to be one of the best captains. He has now acquired great leadership qualities.–Steve Waugh

A great captain who is hungry for success and is also an extremely competitive world class performer.

— Carl Hooper

His offside has become so strong that unless he commits a mistake on his own, it is absolutely impossible to get him out in that region. A world class batsman, indeed. — Heath Streak

His biggest asset is his freakish sense of timing. When playing his big shots, he could be very dangerous.
–Shaun Pollock

The Prince of Calcutta. Two of his special qualities are his intelligence and articulation, both of which have helped him immensely in the world of contemporary cricket. — Geoffrey Boycott


2 Responses to “Ganguly Is Stalwart”

  1. Abhinav D. Says:

    Hey Lakshman,
    Nice to see this post! Can’t agree more with you; Ganguly is a stalwart in a true sense. I too admire him a lot for his captaincy (read leadership skills).

    – Abhinav

  2. iamlaksh1 Says:


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