Former Indian captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is regarded as one of the best captains Indian cricket has ever produced. Ganguly was handed over the captaincy in the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket. He led the team magnificently and instilled a winning belief in the side. Under Ganguly, India won several laurels at the highest level.
From the famous triumph in the 2002 Natwest series to reaching the final of the ICC World Cup in 2003, Ganguly left a lasting impression with his aggressive style of captaincy. The former captain also backed numerous youngsters during his tenure as captain, who went on to make a name for themselves and made India a dominant force across formats.
Also, Sourav feels that a captain should always back the talent of the team members. He was of the opinion that trying to change Rahul Dravid into Yuvraj Singh or vice-versa can turn out to be a disaster.
“Adaptability is one of the key leadership qualities. A leader should tap the natural talents of the team members. You cannot make Rahul Dravid act like Yuvraj or make Yuvraj be Rahul Dravid,” Ganguly was quoted as saying on Unacademy while giving a lecture on leadership.
“The greatest of the leaders make mistakes, but as long as the intentions are right, everything else will fall into place. You should learn from your own mistakes and leave them behind to be a better version of yourself. Don’t let your losses get you down, that’s a part of growing up. Learning from failures will lead you to success,” he added.
Ganguly and Dravid’s career started peaking at the same time after the Lord’s Test against England in 1996. However, Rahul’s career extended until the 2010s while Ganguly retired before that. As far as Yuvraj is concerned, he made his debut under Ganguly in the 2000 Champions Trophy.
There he got a half-century against Australia and there was no looking back for him. In 2007, he became the first batsman to smash six sixes in an over in T20Is. Then in 2011, he became the Player of the Series in the 2011 World Cup. Last year, he hung his boots from cricket.
Ganguly, who led India in 146 ODIs and 49 Test matches, said the best leaders learn from their own mistakes and never let failure stop them from moving forward in life.