Despite the fact that India did not win an ICC trophy during his captaincy, Sourav Ganguly is considered one of the finest captains in Indian cricket. When Sourav Ganguly established his position in cricket history, he wasn’t done.
Dada became one of cricket’s wittiest pundits after spectacular hits with the bat and massive wicket hauls with the ball. Ganguly was notorious for speaking his thoughts openly and without sugar-coating his ideas, and his comebacks were frequently vicious when he needed them to be.
Ganguly never minced words when it came to certain observations and evaluations that he witnessed, and he did it in a light yet amusing manner with his own hilarious viewpoint.
1. Ganguly on Dhoni’s field placements
MS Dhoni has some of the oddest field placements during his stint as India’s captain. Ganguly, who is often dead on with his assessments, said that MS Dhoni could write a book about field placements after he hangs up his gloves.
2. Ganguly vs Nasser Hussain
When Nasser Hussain made a joke at India’s international football performance, Ganguly was ready to respond. And his retort was a death blow.
Nasser: “When can I see India in the FIFA World Cup?”
Ganguly: “If India had played football for 50 years, then we would have qualified for the finals at least once.”
3. Ganguly on Mauka ad
The Mauka commercial is a well-known advertisement for India-Pakistan matches. It depicts the frustration of a Pakistani fan who has been waiting for years to explode the crackers, but every time he believes he has the mauka (opportunity) to do so, Pakistan loses a world cup game to India. In response, Ganguly stated that the mauka ad will never change since India would continue to defeat Pakistan in World Cups.
4. Ganguly vs Ravi Shastri
Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri have a history of leg-pulling and outright brutal roasting each other. Shastri tried to take Ganguly down during one of the players’ discussions about stadium stands in states being named after legendary players, but he failed spectacularly.
Ravi Shastri: “In Eden Gardens, Kolkata, is there a Ganguly pavilion or Ganguly stand?”
Sourav Ganguly: “The ground belongs to Ganguly!”
5. Ganguly to Dravid
Rahul Dravid once teased Ganguly by stating that if he were a little faster and fitter, he could have won India the games with the ball as well. Ganguly stated that if he had been Prime Minister of India, he might have accomplished a lot more. Dada was most likely implying that in sports, “ifs” and “buts” are unimportant.