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MS Dhoni benefitted from Sourav Ganguly’s legacy: Sangakkara


Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara recently had his say on former Indian captains namely MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, Team India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. With this feat, MS Dhoni became the only captain in cricket history to win all three ICC trophies.

MS Dhoni benefitted from Sourav Ganguly's legacy: Sangakkara
Ganguly and Dhoni

However, under Ganguly, it was a different story altogether. He was the man who shaped Indian cricket. The Ganguly-led Indian team beat mighty Aussies and became a fearless unit with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.

Sangakkara thinks that MS Dhoni benefitted a lot from Sourav Ganguly’s legacy. “You can be judged on a lot of things but sometimes you have to leave something behind and I think in that sense, Dada did a lot to create a wonderful legacy for others to inherit and MS benefitted from that,” added former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara.

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“MS, exceptional player, unbelievable captain, again, has moved Indian cricket forward. But the foundation for all of that was laid by Dada for me,” said Kumar Sangakkara.

Sangakkara chose Sourav Ganguly over MS Dhoni as far as Test cricket is concerned but at the same time agreed that MS Dhoni is the man in white-ball formats.

“In one-day cricket, the ability to finish is always to me, very, very tough. So, I would go with MS for sure in limited-overs cricket, in white-ball cricket just because he batted at that tougher finisher position, but in Test cricket, without a doubt, Ganguly every day,” added former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara.

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