Kolkata: He was the man in charge when the Indian team learnt to rise from the ashes like a phoenix.
And Sourav Ganguly believes sometimes, it helps to get inspired from former players when things aren’t going your way.
Having led India with aplomb at the famous 2001 Eden Gardens Test match against Australia when the team followed-on and won, Ganguly feels that sometimes reading about former cricketers and how they faced tougher conditions really brings a change in attitude and, with it, a change in fortune.
“Although I have stopped reading books on former cricketers now after retirement), I feel that it helped a lot during my playing days. It brings a real change in attitude when you read about how they played and the conditions they played in,” he said.
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“Wickets weren’t covered back then and batsmen didn’t have helmets to protect them. I honestly feel that if compared to present cricketers, their batting averages should be increased by at least 10."
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Ganguly said that although India and England were tied at one win apiece, the home side had the firepower to win the Test series.
“I know that the series is tied at present, but with two Test matches still to go, I am sure the boys will be back with a bang and win the series,” he said.
While there has been a lot of criticism after MS Dhoni and Co. lost the second Test in Mumbai by an embarrassing margin of 10 wickets, Ganguly feels that now is the time stand by them. “I feel that we should stand by them and I wish Dhoni all the best going into the next two matches,” he said.
Another thing that has hogged the limelight in the build up to the third Test is the Eden pitch, and while Ganguly said he hadn’t taken look at it yet, he believes it would definitely be a good Test wicket.
“I haven’t seen the wicket yet and I don’t know what the condition is like in there. But having played here for so long and having known Prabir Mukherjee and the type of wickets that are prepared at the Eden Gardens, it should be a good wicket. It won’t be bad under any circumstances,” he said.
Any conversation with Ganguly nowadays is incomplete without the inevitable question regarding his old mate Sachin Tendulkar and his poor run of form. But Ganguly believes he is a champion and says he wouldn’t be too surprised if Tendulkar scored a century at Eden Gardens.
“Tendulkar is a class act and I am sure that he will hit form sooner than later. He has been working really hard and his efforts will soon reap rewards. I think it’s just a matter of time. Rather than talking about his poor form, I would like to say that I wouldn’t be shocked if Tendulkar silenced all critics by scoring a century at Eden. He has had a penchant for scoring centuries. After all he has 100 centuries to his name, so maybe we are all in for a treat,” he signed off.