Why Sourav Ganguly was made Indian captain instead of Sachin Tendulkar

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With the entire world has been in an impose lockdown due to the global pandemic novel coronavirus, sporting events have been cancelled or postponed across the globe. amid this situation, players are trying to get in touch with their fans through live sessions, interviews etc. and reveal some memories as well. Recently, former chief selector Chandu Borde has revealed some chain of events which suggest that Sachin Tendulkar’s reluctance to continue as captain led Sourav Ganguly being the captain of the Indian team.

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India’s Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the crowd after he scored a century against England in the World Cup one day match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo Srikanta Sharma R.

Later, he also said that even though he tried to convince the batting legend to continue as skipper, the batting maestro wanted to focus on his batting only.

“See, if you remember, Sachin, we had sent him as a captain to Australia, and he led the side there, but when he came back, he didn’t want to continue,” Borde told Sportskeeda. “He said, ‘No, I want to concentrate on my batting.’ Therefore, I tried to convince him to lead the side for a long time because we were on the lookout for a new captain, a new generation.

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“But he said, ‘I want to concentrate on my batting because I could not get the performance that I wanted to put in for the team.’ And this is what happened. So, in fact, some of my colleagues were annoyed with me. They said, ‘Why are you insisting him to continue all the time!’ I said we are looking forward to the future, but then in the end we had selected Ganguly.”

On the other hand, former India captain Kris Srikkanth said that Sourav Ganguly was a born leader which was seen the way he led the side.

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“Ganguly was proactive. He was the guy who was able to form the team combination. Like how in 1976 Clive Lloyd formed the winning combination (for the West Indies team), Sourav put the correct team together and then inspired them. That’s why Ganguly was a successful captain, even in abroad conditions. They started winning abroad. Ganguly is a born leader,” he said.

Moreover, Sourav Ganguly also shared recently how building a team that win matches away from home was his biggest achievement as a leader.

“My biggest legacy is that we left a unit that believed it could win away,” said Ganguly. “We won in England in 2007 when I was a player and (Rahul) Dravid was captain. The leader was different but the team believed in England that we could beat them. No other side had beaten England in England apart from Australia in 25 years.”

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