Harsha Bhogle picks the best captain in Indian cricket history
“The Indian cricket team has been blessed with some great captains in the last 20 years,” said Harsha Bhogle, a well-known commentator. All cricketing events are stopped for more than a month now due to coronavirus. Cricketers and cricket analysists are spending this lazy time in various ways.
They’re giving various opinions through social media. All the fun facts are coming out in all the enjoyable discussions. Bhogle was present on the ICC’s Twitter with former South African captain Shaun Pollock. The issue of Indian cricket team captains came up on that occasion.
Almost everyone who has led the Indian team in the last two decades has been successful. This time the Indian cricket team has won three world titles. It started with the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, then the 2011 ODI World Cup. The last was the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli- the list of captains at this time is really great. But even among these famous names, Bhogle has its own weaknesses. That is what the popular face of cricket commentary said in a conversation with Pollock.
According to Bhogle, “The Indian cricket team has been blessed with great captains for 20 years. Sourav came first. Sourav was like that when the Indian team was looking for a great captain in the turbulent time of match-fixing. There is not much discussion but Rahul Dravid has done well in his two years. His record is good enough. Anil Kumble has given successful leadership in a very short time. After that Dhoni has won two World Cups. Now Kohli. Everyone is great.”
However, Bhogle has mentioned the name of Sourav Ganguly separately. He said,
“Sourav is the best captain of India in the last two years. He thinks Sourav has changed the course of Indian cricket. He was the first to turn the team into an aggressive and fearless team. Many said about Alan Border, who set the style for the Australian cricket team in the eighties and nineties.
“Sourav Ganguly has done exactly the same in the case of India. He led the team with a tough time. He has also changed the course of Indian cricket. The nature of the team has also changed in his hands.”
In 2000, Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin was banned for lifetime for match-fixing. At that time, surprising everyone, the leadership of the team was handed over to Sourav Ganguly. Until 2005, he led the Indian team.