Ganguly, Dhoni - best captains ever, says Dravid

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Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 11:23 [IST]
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Ganguly, Dhoni - best captains: Dravid

Mumbai, Jul 5: The Wall of Indian Cricket, Rahul Dravid rated the two captains he worked with, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni as the best captains during a book launch at Mumabi on Wednesday.

Dravid while rating the best captains said that the prince of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly was passionate about his job while the World Cup winning captain was 'a great leader by example'.

"All the captains had something. The two captains that I played under the longest were Ganguly and Dhoni. Both of them were right (for the job) at the time they led India," said Dravid.

Dravid analysed both the captains and said Ganguly and Dhoni were the right candidates for the job as they had one motive, to win.

The way they planned differed as "Ganguly had a passion for the job. He had a desire to win. He was willing to do whatever it took to win.

While Dhoni's team was probably more mature, felt Dravid.

"Dhoni had probably a more mature team. He is a great leader by example."

Moreover, Dravid said he admires Dhoni for his ability to remain grounded.

"Dhoni is someone whom I have always admired for his ability to remain balanced and have the sense of equanimity about his captaincy," he said.

Talking about his stint as captain, Dravid said that 2007 World Cup loss took a toll on his form and mind, if results had gone in his favour, he would have stayed as captain for some more time.

"When I had the opportunity, I took it up with a certain amount of energy. And over a period of time, I discovered it was gone. The 2007 World Cup loss probably played a big part in it and it took a big toll on me. I would wake up on some morning and say, 'Oh god, another game of cricket.' I had never felt that way about it. I like to believe I did a pretty decent job of it. If some of those results had gone better, I would have probably stayed in the job for a bit longer like Sourav or Dhoni," he added.

Probably that was the reason why he stepped down as captain after the England tour in 2007. The batting stalwart, retired from international cricket on Mar 9, 2012 after the conclusion of the Australian series.


Story first published:  Thursday, July 5, 2012, 10:47 [IST]
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