Aakash Chopra believes that Sourav Ganguly was a successful captain because he did not impose himself on his teammates. Sourav Ganguly was made the captain when the Indian team was going through the scandal of match-fixing. Sachin Tendulkar was approached to take over the captaincy of the team but he had refused.
In a recent YouTube video, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Sourav Ganguly could carry everyone along with him. It led to his success as a skipper and the respect that he received from his teammates. Sourav Ganguly was good at managing egos with big players like Tendulkar, Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Kumble playing under his leadership. They all started playing for India around the same time but everybody was growing in stature. But Sourav Ganguly did not impose himself in such a scenario and allowed the players to express themselves freely.
Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra pointed out that while making a decision, Ganguly took the advice from all the senior players. He listened to all the opinions and then made his decision. He believed in leadership by a committee that got everyone together. Before taking a decision, he would take the advice of Sachin, Kumble and used to listen to the opinions of Rahul Dravid carefully. Thereby, Ganguly and Dravid are some of the most successful captain and Vice-captain combinations in Indian cricket history.
Sourav Ganguly was good at recognizing talent: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra stated that Sourav Ganguly’s biggest strength as a skipper was his eye for talent. He was good at recognizing talent and he successfully transitioned the team into a new phase after the scandal. Sourav Ganguly prepared a new team that took Indian cricket to a new level of success. He backed talented players like Yuvraj Singh, Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Dhoni along with some other players.
Under his captaincy, Sourav Ganguly made sure that young players received enough chances to show their potential to get established in the national team. He did not believe in sidelining players after just one or two under-par performances. Many former cricketers have repeatedly credited Sourav Ganguly for the opportunities they received to succeed in the national team.
At present, Sourav Ganguly is the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).