Too soon to compare the current team India with my generation: Sourav Ganguly

2001 Eden Gardens Test win, the catalyst behind a new Indian cricket team: Sourav Ganguly
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Team India and it’s captain Virat Kohli have impressed the cricketers all over the world, be it former legends or current in-action stalwarts. However, former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that it is too soon to compare the current Indian cricket team to the legends such as; Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, etc., as these men had dominated the 22 yards for years and years, and the current Indian team needed more time before it can be compared to the past national teams.

Comparing generations is difficult in cricket, says Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, who is currently the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said that it was a daunting task to compare different cricket generations together. He added, that for the legends to be Ganguly, Dravid or Tendulkar, they had to play for over 15 years or so, and hence, the current generation should be give at least seven to eight years more, before labelling them legends. As reported by the Times of India, Ganguly said,

“It is very difficult to compare generations. But every generation in Indian cricket has produced a champion, Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar and I think Kohli is the one in this generation. This generation should be compared seven to eight years down the line because we became a Ganguly or Dravid or Tendulkar after playing for 15 years.”

“Virat Kohli being the senior most with Dhoni with 10 years or 11 years but the other boys whether its Rahane or Rohit or Murali Vijay have four or five seasons. I would give a little more time and see where they finish and then compare the generation.”

Longevity is a yardstick of how good a cricketer is

Sourav Ganguly, who is touted as one of India’s greatest captains, said that the yardstick to measure the worth of a cricketer is to see how long has he served and excelled in cricket, which the legends like VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and the lot had done. Ganguly added that once the current crop of Indian cricketers had reached a similar point, then it would both fair and easy, to compare them. He said,

“But what my generation signifies is that we had players like Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly, Harbhajan, Kumble all those during that period played more than 100 Test matches which is a sign they were bloody good. Longevity at level for a long period of time is a yardstick to show how good you are. Once these boys get close it will be easier to compare.”

India lucky to have captains like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni

Sourav Ganguly compared Virat Kohli to himself, saying that both the captains had a streak to express themselves on the field. He added that while Kohli’s aggression worked well to take off the pressure from the team, in MS Dhoni’s case, it was the calm and composure, and that India were lucky to get such captains to lead them as World No.1 cricket team,

“I think Dhoni and Kohli are different personalities. Kohli was very expressive, and so was I. But Kohli has probably taken it one step further.”

“Dhoni was calm, that doesn’t take the nervousness or pressure away from anyone. For Virat Kohli, it’s his way of taking pressure away from everyone, and it was same for me. For Dhoni, it was to absorb. So every captain is different and I think India is very fortunate to have Dhoni and Virat Kohli.”


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