New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Indian captain and current BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly is widely attributed to have laid the foundation to a team that was to dominate global cricket for the next one-and-a-half decade and counting. Dada-backed youngsters, such as Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan among others, went on to become instrumental in various big-time victories after mid-2000s, while balancing it extremely well with legendary legacy of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and Anil Kumble.

In a recent interview with Star Sports India, former Indian keeper Parthiv Patel vindicated Dada’s legacy of backing the youngsters. The Gujarat Ranji hero, who debuted for India at the age of 17 under Ganguly, said that Ganguly backed him despite Parthiv having missed out on a crucial stumping chance in a Test played against Australia in Adelaide in 2003.

“There were many instances, not only one. I played for 2-3 years under Dada’s captaincy. I remember in Australia I had missed a stumping in the Adelaide Test match we won,” Parthiv said, while adding that Ganguly would roam around with a packet of Marie biscuits during team’s evening tea to exert better teammate equations among all the counterparts: the selected-15 and playing-11.

“He used to call us in his room in the evening to express his confidence on the players, that he is behind us and we should not worry about anything and would not be dropped from the team,” Parthiv added.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket-keeper batsman, while emphasising on the same 2003-Australia tour, said that there would be various moments when Ganguly used to come to him to appreciate his batting capabilities while playing against Australian pacer Jason Gillespie.

“When we were playing against the new ball in Brisbane when he had scored a hundred, I was facing Jason Gillespie with the new ball. After every delivery, Dada used to come to me and tell me how I was playing and appreciate my batting,” said Parthiv.

“That makes a lot of difference and that is not only with one player, he has done it consistently with all players,” he added. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma