India won WC despite Dhoni's failure: Ganguly

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Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, 13:43 [IST]
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Captains do fail at times, says Ganguly

Pune, May 11: Pune Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly defends his lack of form and answers his critics by comparing the current situation with other captains of IPL 5.

Ganguly has said cricket being a team sport, contributions from all the players is a must, and the captain also needs to lead from the front, while winning and losing doesn't depend on the captain's form alone as he takes a dig at Dhoni's captaincy during India's World Cup win in 2011.

"There is no doubt that the captain has to lead from the front, but it (cricket) is a team sport. Just like any other player, a captain has to perform but he is also a human being and is likely to fail... Sometimes the team could be winning when the captain is not in form. When India won the World Cup, Dhoni was not in form until the final," said Ganguly as quoted by Times of India.

Ganguly also felt Kumar Sangakkara's decision to drop himself form the playing XI and Daniel Vettori's decision to make way for Muttaiah Muralitharan were the need of the hour, being overseas players, they had to make way for others.

"It depends. In both these cases the captains were overseas players. Vettori made way for Muralitharan, which was not a bad choice," he said.

When asked if he will be dropped from the rest of the matches, after the team's early exit from the tournament, Ganguly said, "Absolutely. I am the captain for the full season and will continue to be the captain."


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