Get the app

‘Dada, Nothing Will Happen Batting at No. 5': How Ex-India Coach Transformed Ganguly Into a Successful Opener

Sourav Ganguly is widely regarded as India's best skipper, but his achievements as a batsman and an opener tend to take a backseat. Back in the 90s and 2000s he formed the best partnership with Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order.

Cricketnext Staff |June 19, 2020, 10:50 AM IST
‘Dada, Nothing Will Happen Batting at No. 5': How Ex-India Coach Transformed Ganguly Into a Successful Opener

Sourav Ganguly is widely regarded as India's best skipper, but his achievements as a batsman and an opener tend to take a backseat. Back in the 90s and 2000s he formed the best partnership with Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order.

Former India coach Madan Lal, in a chat with Sportskeeda, revealed how a middle-order batsman became one of the best openers in the world.

“We wanted to utilise Dada. I don’t know if he remembers or not. I told him ‘Dada, nothing will happen batting at no. 5. You should directly open’,” Madan Lal told Sportskeeda in Facebook Live session.

ALSO READ | Former India Coach Madan Lal Reveals Only Loophole in Sachin Tendulkar's Captaincy

Ganguly initially used to bat at no.3 or no.5 in his first few games, and had little success in the Singer World Series in 1996, except scoring a fifty against Australia.

Then Ganguly finally opened the innings in an ODI against South Africa in Jaipur in 1996 and scored an impactful 54 against a strong bowling line up. After that performance, he became a regular opener and never looked back.

“Every player has his own style. Ganguly had all the strokes. Every batsman needs some time to settle in. If you play out a few overs with just one-two runs, because you need to get set to the conditions. Even today, batsmen like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane take some time,” Lal said.

“So, I told him, he was like ‘okay’. And then he never looked back. Sachin and Sourav’s partnership has been really popular for India - the two won a lot of matches for India. I was a coach at the time. I vaguely remember I might have told him this during the Sri Lanka tour,” the former India cricketer said.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3466 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 4820 127
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
5 Australia 3518 107
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 5285 278
2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
5 South Africa 4380 258
see more