Till beginning of this century India was never considered to be a consistently a formidable force, but arrival of Sourav Ganguly as a captain made things happened. He slowly, but quite surly started building team and he received ample support from many players including Sachin,Rahul, Kumble and many others. I will give almost full credit for Indian team’s current success to vision of Sourav Ganguly because he shown the way and current skipper M S Dhoni just carried Ganguly’s good work to new height. I admit it was easier said then done and Dhoni did just that, but at the same time we should not forget that he was lucky enough to get good cricketers to groom.
Comparing Ganguly era with post Ganguly era is very very interesting thing to do.Ganguly groomed legends like Sehwag and Zaheer, while infusing confidence in young generation. Kohli, Dhawan,Raina and many others who are making headlines for skipper M S Dhoni.In any sports psychology is a very important component because without proper mindset you can win a match or two, but you can’t be as successful as Indian Cricket team is today. Sourav Ganguly created that winning psychology which is known as killer instinct in sports psychology. If somebody wants to give credit for current success of Indian cricket team to M S Dhoni then they are making big mistake as credit must go to Sourav Ganguly.
Winning is a habit, but it is also a matter of confidence and Ganguly infused that confidence in to Indian cricket team. Now with IPL has become regular feature of Indian cricket’s yearly program and Dhoni being the skipper of BCCI chairman owned Chennai Super King has a all the freedom in the world to choose players of his liking. Dhoni has selected only those players who didn’t challenge his captaincy in near future, Ganguly never ever played such malicious game with Cricket. In a recent interview Gautam Gambhir who played pivotal role in making Indian team victorious spoke about this. Gambhir told reporter though indirectly how Delhi player Virat Kohli neglected him and senior most Delhi player Virender Sehwag.
In short, Indian cricket’s golden period which we are witnessing is only due to Erstwhile Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and not to Dhoni as many wants to attribute it to him. Even if Dhoni retires from international cricket Indian cricket team’s golden period likely to continue for at least a decade. I must admit Dhoni’s capacity as a wicket keeper and batsman both. In my view he is a best wicket keeper cum batsman ever in the world.