Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is considered as one of the best captains in the world cricket. The Indian team had seen a great change under his leadership and achieved unprecedented success in both Tests and One-day formats. However, he didn’t get many opportunities to play in the shortest format of the game as the T20 format was introduced at the end of his career.
However, Sourav Ganguly had played in Indian Premier League for five years from 2008 to 2012. Moreover, he led the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the inaugural edition of the tournament. He was with the KKR until 2010 before he embraced the now-defunct franchise Pune Warriors for 2011 and 2012 editions. He had amassed 1,349 runs at an average of 25.4 from 59 IPL matches.
In a recent chat with India’s current Test opener Mayank Agrawal, he backed the format citing that he would have loved playing the format in this time. Sourav Ganguly revealed, “T20 is very important. I would have changed my game. It’s the licence to keep swinging and keep hitting. I would have loved to play T20, although I did play for the first five years of the IPL. I think I would have enjoyed the T20,”
During the interaction, the BCCI president also opened up about some historic moments of Indian cricket under his leadership which also included the jersey-waving incident at the Lord’s balcony after his team chased down 326 to win the NatWest Trophy Final in 2002.
While talking about that, Sourav Ganguly said, “It was a great moment. We all got carried away, but that’s what sport is, when you win a game like that, you celebrate even more. That was one of the great cricket matches I have been part of.”
While he was asked to choose between World Cup 2003 and NatWest Trophy 2002, he gave a prompt reply. He said, “Both have their own place. The World Cup final has a special place; we got smashed by Australia. They were the best team in that generation. Getting to the World Cup, winning every game hands down except Australia, I thought, was a great achievement.”
“The NatWest had its own charm. When you win in England, on a Saturday at the Lord’s, it’s a remarkable feeling. It’s a packed house. I am sure you will get to play Test cricket in England when we travel to play five Tests…and it’s a remarkable experience,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.