"I know and I can guarantee you, it's (captaincy) the hardest job in cricket. Azhar must have felt the same, Sachin must have felt the same. It's a hard job but it's also a challenge. It became more easy for me to lead the side because it was a young bunch," Ganguly said in an interview to BBC World's Asia Today programme.
The skipper, credited with transforming the present team into a match-winning unit, said his men had learnt to fight hard on the field.
"I think for the last two or three years we have got a crop of young boys who fight on the cricket field. I have never been a person who would stop them from competing, obviously within the rules, fight hard on the cricket field because that's the way you win," he said.
"People talk about Rahul (Dravid). They say he is a quiet guy. He stays on his own but he's pretty aggressive. If you see him on the cricket field, he won't give you an inch whether he is fielding or batting. I think it is the whole unit. You watch their body language, you know they will be hard on the opposition."