Sourav Ganguly is often credited for changing the face of Indian cricket after a match-fixing scandal. Sourav backed players who went on to win the World Cup for India in 2011. He even worked well with seniors like Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag have often spoken about Sourav’s contribution to their careers. The legendary player recently talked with Deepak Lamba, CEO of Worldwide Media and President of Times Strategic Solutions Limited.
Deepak asked Sourav Ganguly to share his experience leading seniors who had previously served as his captain, “There is a difference between being a captain and a leader, in a titular position as a captain, how did you make the seniors, and the youngsters believe in your leadership.”
Sourav stated, “Captaincy, to me, is leading a team on the ground, and leadership, to me, is building a team. So, whether I worked with Sachin, Azhar, or Dravid, I didn’t compete with them; instead, I collaborated with them as leaders and shared responsibility.”
While they discussed essential aspects of the game, Deepak delved into the game’s evolution and BCCI through time. “I’ve seen the game evolve, where players like me earned a few hundreds and now have the potential of earning crores. This game is run by the fans, the people of this country, and the BCCI, which was formed by cricket fans. This sport is strong and will continue to evolve. The IPL generates more revenue than the English Premier League. It makes me happy and proud that the sport I love has evolved to become so strong,” Sourav enthusiastically mentioned.