Parthiv Patel picks Ganguly over Dhoni as the most impactful captain
Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel reckons that Sourav Ganguly made a greater contribution to Indian cricket than MS Dhoni. Parthiv made his debut for India against England under the captaincy of Ganguly. Although, the batsman played for India in quite a few games, but after Dhoni took over the lead, he couldn’t find his place in the national team.
The 35-year-old Patel said that it was Ganguly, who reconstituted India after the match-fixing breakdown despite Dhoni has won a number of trophies. Dhoni led the national team from the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa. In 2014, he gave up Test captaincy after which in 2017, he refrained himself from ODIs and T20Is as well.
“The competition is valid between the two captains. One captain has a lot of trophies while the other captain has built the team. When Sourav Ganguly became the captain after 2000, Indian cricket was going through a difficult time,” Parthiv was quoted as saying in Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Patel feels that it was Ganguly, who infused the belief in the team that it could win abroad. “From there he built a team that won abroad, not that we are not winning earlier, but we won big Test matches abroad like Headingly, in Australia and then went to Pakistan and won the Test series,” he stated.
Parthiv didn’t get to play a single game after the 2003 World Cup in the African continent. The cricketer lauded Ganguly for taking the team through to the final where they lost to Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
“If you talk about the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, no one was thinking that the Indian team will reach the final. In my opinion, if I have to cast my vote it would be for Dada because he built a team from scratch,” Ganguly added.