Former India captain Sourav Ganguly who was considered as one of the best captains in his time had received a great surprise from another captain MS Dhoni in his final game for Men In Blue. He last played in the longer format in Nagpur against Australia way back in 2008. And just before the game was about to complete, the-then India captain MS Dhoni came up to him with a heartwarming gesture.
The then wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni handed over the captaincy to Sourav Ganguly in the final session of the Test match which India successfully won by 172 runs in Nagpur. Sourav Ganguly captained the team for a period of 3-4 overs before giving the responsibility back to Dhoni.
However, the former India captain Sourav Ganguly who is currently the president of BCCI opened up on that sweet gesture of Dhoni. The former player, who lead India in 49 Tests between 2000 and 2005, said that he was totally surprised by Dhoni’s gesture and he did not even expect it coming his way on the final day of his international career as well.
“My last Test match in Nagpur. It was the last day, last session. I was walking down the steps at the Vidarbha Stadium. They (my teammates) stood beside me and allowed me to enter the ground,” Sourav Ganguly told Mayank Agarwal in a recent chat while talking about on the guard of honour he received, during an interaction for bcci.tv.
“That (handing over captaincy) was a bit of a surprise. I didn’t expect it. But MS Dhoni being MS Dhoni, he is full of surprises like his captaincy. We were winning the Test match and my mind was on retirement. I don’t know what I did for those 3, 4 overs,” he further added.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2020
Sourav Ganguly continued playing in domestic cricket and IPL after retiring from international cricket. He eventually retired from all forms of the game in 2012 and has been serving as an administrator since then.