Muttiah Muralitharan terms Sourav Ganguly a great captain

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Muttiah Muralitharan. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer and spin bowling wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is currently in Kolkata. He is the spin bowling consultant of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) vision 2020 programme. On the sidelines of his visit, Muralitharan spoke briefly about the CAB President Sourav Ganguly. Both the players share a camaraderie and faced each other many a times during their playing days.

As per quotes in the TOI, the point of discussion here was about Ganguly’s captaincy. It all started with former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri recently listing out his list of all time great Indian captains. Shastri put forth his list for a website. He commended the timely decision of MS Dhoni to step down from the captaincy post. Speaking about Dhoni, Shastri quoted him as a ‘dada captain’.

Ironically, Shastri’s list did not include the name of the ‘actual’ dada of Indian cricket. Sourav Ganguly, who is fondly known as Dada in Indian cricket circle, has been one of the best captains to have led Team India. However, the former Team director didn’t name him in the list.

Muralitharan absolutely disagreed with Shastri but refused to quote anything on his decision. He rather straight batted the question with a reply, “It’s all about opinions and everyone has one. Maybe he has missed Ganguly but I can’t speak for him.”

Giving his personal opinions about Ganguly, the legend mentioned that the Prince of Kolkata did a fantastic job for the team. “Definitely Ganguly did a great job for Indian cricket after he took over. In my opinion he’s a great captain,” quoted Muttiah Muralitharan.

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Talking about Dada’s captaincy, the southpaw was the pioneer of bringing aggressive young blood in the team. He led India to the finals of ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa. Under his leadership, India tasted several overseas victories as well which remains a part of the most pleasant moments of Indian cricket.