The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh have usually credited former India captain and present BCCI president Sourav Gangluly for altering the face of Indian cricket. The aggression and positivity with which Ganguly led India from 2000 to 2005 has been earmarked as one of many wonderful eras of Indian cricket primarily due to the style by which they performed their cricket. Echoing the views of many former Indian greats, former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sunday lauded Ganguly for altering Indian cricket.
Hussain, who has performed a lot of cricket towards Ganguly, stated the left-hander introduced aggression into the sport and earlier than him India was a humble and polite workforce.
“Ganguly changed Indian cricket,” stated Hussain in a podcast with Sky Sports. “Before Ganguly, India were a very humble, polite team. He made them a very feisty side.”
Hussain was speaking concerning the NatWest Trophy closing which India received courtesy good half-centuries from Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh in 2002 and as quickly as Zaheer Khan hit the successful runs, Ganguly took his shirt off and waved it from the Lord’s balcony.
Since then, Ganguly’s daring act has turn into a a part of cricketing folklore. Hussain stated the rationale for a similar was Andrew Flintoff’s celebration a 12 months in the past in Mumbai.
“Freddie bowled brilliantly on the demise in that collection, in scorching warmth! He obtained the final wicket and, as was the style then, he whipped his shirt off.
“He was waving his shirt over his head and someplace in Ganguly’s thoughts, he saved that and made certain he used it at a future date,” stated Hussain.
From 1-Three down, England had gone on to stage the six-match collection 3-Three with a dramatic win in Mumbai.
Hussain additionally stated the NatWest closing defeat to India nonetheless haunts him at occasions.
“In those days,  that was a seriously good score! But we knew it was a very flat pitch and they had this Fab Five,” stated Hussain.
“We got wickets at regular intervals and got them 146-5,” recalled Hussain.
“You ask me now what I nonetheless take into consideration on the treadmill; I’ve obtained India in a closing 146-5, chasing 326 – we’ve obtained Ganguly, Sehwag, Dravid, and Tendulkar out – that’s if you’re considering what may I’ve carried out otherwise?
[Did you take the foot off the gas?] “I didn’t. But, wanting again, I suppose a few of our workforce may need carried out. Not within the reality they did something completely different or that I truly noticed somebody, however it have to be a pure response.
“Ganguly, himself, admitted he thought the sport was gone. They had two younger lads coming in, in Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif who hadn’t but carried out a lot for them.”
“It is the greatest innings that lad played. He will always be remembered for that,” Hussain added.
Mohammad Kaif had remained unbeaten on 87 off 75 balls as India chased down the goal with three balls and two wickets in hand.