The 48-year-the old cricketer turned administrator recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of his test debut. Ganguly made his test debut on India tour of England in 1996 in the legendary Lord’s Stadium. Speak exclusively on Star Sports, the BCCI President, shared his views on why test is that ultimate format of the game.
“When we started playing cricket in our childhood, test cricket was that ultimate cricket Format and I think it’s still that ultimate Format. And that’s why it’s called a test cricket. I feel when a player wants to be successful and leave a mark on the game, then test cricket is die largest platform one can get. People will remember it players forever, who play good and do runs in exam matches. When you see all the biggest names in cricket – all sizes – in the past 40-50 years; they all had successful test records, “said Ganguly – who 113 tests played for India.
While telling anecdotes from his test debut with the lords – where die stylish left-handed batsman from Kolkata popped a ton – Ganguly said, “Not many come too play you first Test at Lords and I remember fielding Period – a full stadium with the Lords. And it was always a happy hunting ground for I – every time I’ve gone back since mine debut.
“I was in Awe of walk down the long room on the first Day and luckily we fought. Otherwise I should have been a batsman bat at number 3. I have 100 on a Saturday, which is probably that best Day for exam cricket, with every seat is full. It was my test debut and get a 100. They say it can’t get better and die Way of thinking of this test match was remarkable. As I said, with the back- it says you’re getting cheers for every shot you hit and then ready at tea time on was a 100 special.
“I remember while I was having tea batting at 100 and I was mentally tired – more than physical – because, first 100, die Emotions, happiness, die Heights also make you tired. I put duct tape around it bat handle because it has just began to soften up, because of the jump and die ball beat up of the handle. I remember Sachin coming up to me and say – you relax, have yours cup of Tea. So I remember those moments when I was in die Dressing room went and everyone stood outside die Changing room to cheer me up because of my achievement,” the prince of Calcutta remembered.
While he talks about his trip in cricket so far, die current head of Indian cricket board, said: “The whole trip, doing a debut in 1996, a 100 at Lords. Then in a couple of years to captain India, arrival build a team – probably people rated how good like everyone in the world with die Successes. Then give the captain a giving off to someone and still a part of die travel of win matches and see that national team develop, become force around die world – die began under your captain. And then be in an administrative role, to attempt, die to change game. I am very happy to have India during my tenure as President won in Australia, 2-1, in A remarkable one series. It’s been a fantastic journey and as an athlete, as a cricketer, you don’t expect anything better. “
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