The Indian National Cricket Team has developed as a global force in the last 20 years. Earlier, people used to call India the team that only wins at home. But, the ‘Dada’ of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly, turned this scenario upside down when he ascended the throne
Similarly, MS Dhoni helped the Men in Blue scale new heights that no other captain could do in world cricket.
However, it was ‘Dada’s’ reign as captain that saw India do reasonably well by its standards and dominate teams not only on home soil but on foreign land as well.
Sourav Ganguly is credited for building a culture of reposing faith in players and building them and he also brought up the culture of taking risky decisions at clutch moments.
His successor, MS Dhoni has been one of India’s greatest captains but he also credits Ganguly as Dhoni learnt a lot about captaincy under Ganguly.
Today, we take a look at the three decisions taken by Sourav Ganguly that changed the fate of Indian cricket.
Sourav Ganguly’s Three Decisions That Changed Indian Cricket
Rahul Dravid As Wicket-Keeper In ODIs
Although Team India might have a plethora of all-rounders in the modern-day scenario, there was a time when not even a single all-rounder played for them. Ganguly took the brave decision of allowing Rahul Dravid to keep the wickets.
This made way for an extra batsman in the playing XI. With Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and himself being decent bowlers, this also gave him the flexibility to go in with aggressive bowling options.
The move yielded great results as Rahul Dravid did exceptionally well with the gloves and India were the runners up of the ICC Cricket World Cup2003.