Harbhajan Singh opens up on Sourav Ganguly’s influence on his career: ‘He made me a fearless spinner’ – cricket

Harbhajan Singh has performed underneath quite a few captains in his profession. The veteran off-spinner first made it into the staff when Mohammad Azharuddin was the captain, and carried out his greatest underneath Sourav Ganguly’s management. Harbhajan was a part of the 2007 T20I World Cup-winning staff and the 2011-World Cup successful staff underneath MS Dhoni’s captaincy. He was additionally a a part of the 2007 ODI World Cup staff underneath Rahul Dravid’s captaincy that was eradicated within the first spherical. The bowler has additionally performed underneath Anil Kumble, Virat Kohli for India and within the Indian Premier League, Harbhajan performed underneath Rohit Sharma’s management for Mumbai Indians.

So which captain has had essentially the most impression on Harbhajan’s profession? On being requested the identical query, the 39-year-previous was fast to select Ganguly’s title. “For me, Sourav Ganguly’s role was huge. I was once at a stage in life where I didn’t know who was with me and who was not. Because people on my face were saying that they are with me, but many of them were not with me at the time. But at the time, Ganguly backed me when I had zero backing,” Harbhajan mentioned in a chat with former India cricketer Aakasha Chopra on his Youtube present ‘Aakash Vani’.

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“The selectors were against me, they told me a lot of things on my face which I cannot disclose. No amount of praise I could give Ganguly, would be sufficient. If he was not the captain at the time, I don’t know if any other captain could have backed me as much,” the bowler mentioned.

“If any player has pushed my career the most, it is Sourav Ganguly. If he was not there, I would not have been able to play 100 Tests,” the 39-year-previous added. 

Harbhajan additional went on to recall how Ganguly helped him develop into a fearless bowler. “Sourav was always there for the bowlers. He would give you the freedom to bowl and he would give you all the things you need as a bowler to build your confidence,” he mentioned.

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“If you want 4-5 fielders in front to take catches, he would let you place them. Sometimes, we would ask ourselves if we should push back a fielder, but he would say, ‘no, let him be in front. If we put him in front, we would create chances. If he hits boundaries, let him hit boundaries. We are looking to get him out’. You need captains who would back you. This was his best quality,” Harbhajan mentioned.

“Sometimes he would let me bowl 6-7 overs in the ODIs with fielders in front. I used to think as well ‘ when we have the option to place fielder at back, why are we not doing so’. What he made me do as a bowler, and the situations Sourav made me face several times, helped me become a better bowler, and grow into a fearless spinner. Sourav was unbelievable in that case,” he mentioned.

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