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Nehra recalls Ganguly fondly; Yograj plays down Dhoni

Nehra said, When we beat Australia in 2001 things changed and this was Ganguly’s quality that he went against all odds to back his players

Ex-Indian speedster Ashish Nehra has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly always backed the players no matter what.

“Dhoni had senior players around him when he took over and the challenge was how to manage them. Dada had a team of juniors and he backed them to the hilt. He would go all out to back his players,” Nehra said.

The Indian cricket fraternity has often raged the debate of who was the better captain among Ganguly and Dhoni and speaking about that Nehra said that both were totally different captains but knew how to get the best out of every cricketer in the team.

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“Ganguly had youngsters who he needed to take forward and improve. He supported all the young players and backed the players he felt were good. When we beat Australia in 2001 things changed and this was Ganguly’s quality that he went against all odds to back his players,” he added.

However, Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj thinks otherwise. He slammed the Ranchi cricketer for not doing much to groom youngsters in the team while he was Team India captain. Citing the example of Sourav Ganguly, another great Indian captain, Yograj opined that while Ganguly did a lot to groom youngsters in the team, Dhoni did not do much.

“I want to ask him he has played for so many years for India, what has he done for any cricketer? Cricketers would have praised him had he done something for other cricketers. Sourav Ganguly’s status is so high become he thought about himself, his country, as well as his team,” Yograj said.

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Dhoni’s future has been one of the biggest talking points in Indian cricket over the last 8-10 months. The Ranchi cricketer hasn’t played international cricket since the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

When asked whether he should hang his boots, Yograj added, “Dhoni is one of the greatest cricketers India has ever produced. Whatever he has achieved shows his greatness. Favoritism still exists in India. Till the time you will continue to lick boots, be in good terms with the top bosses, till that time all your wishes will get fulfilled.

Whether Dhoni wants to play more or not, it also depends on what the selectors and the board think. If he wants, he will be back in the team, if he doesn’t want, he won’t be back.”

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