Former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is known for building a team that has been dominant on the international front. A number of players made their way into the side or got recognition after Ganguly began to lead India.
From Virender Sehwag to Ashish Nehra and from Yuvraj Singh to Zaheer Khan, the list follows. One of the players who made a mark and played for India under Ganguly’s captaincy, Irfan Pathan shared an instance on how the former skipper backed Yuvraj when he wasn’t in good shape at the start of his career.
“He knew that if I back this guy, some amazing things can happen in the future and certainly it did happen,” Pathan said while talking to cricket.com.
Though, Yuvraj got a half-century when he first batted for India against Australia in the Champions Trophy in 2000. This tournament also saw Zaheer Khan donning the Indian jersey for the first time.
Yuvraj became a match-winner later on in his career. Some of his performances included the NatWest Trophy final in 2002 where he got a super partnership with Mohammad Kaif leading India to victory.
He played a massive role in India’s winning triumph in the inaugural World T20. The left-hander scored a 12-ball fifty against England that included six sixes in an over while notched up 70 runs in 30 balls in the semi-final against Australia.
The all-rounder was adjudged Man of the Series in the World Cup 2011 that India won after 28 years, beating Sri Lanka in the final.