Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara recalled an account of the 2002 Champions Trophy when Sourav Ganguly, the then captain of the Indian team, came to his dressing room.
That year, two final matches of the Champions Trophy were washed out due to rain and India-Sri Lanka were declared joint winners.
Sangakkara said on the Star Sports show, ‘I remember the story of an ODI match where he had a heated argument with Russell Arnold. I think Dada was given the final warning and the umpire complained to him.
Sangakkara said, ‘Dada came to our dressing room and talked to us and said that if this goes on, he will be banned. We said that don’t worry, we will not make it a big issue and nothing will happen to them.
Russell Arnold was constantly running in the middle of the pitch in this match and Ganguly was repeatedly reminding him not to do so. Ganguly was enraged by Russell Arnold’s running on the pitch. The umpire had to interfere in this.
After a disappointing performance in the year 2000, Sachin said goodbye to the captaincy of Team India. After this, the selection committee appointed Ganguly as the new captain. Sourav Ganguly captained India in 49 Tests and 147 ODIs.
Ganguly brought the team to such a point that it was known not only to win the country but also outside the country. Team India reached the final of the World Cup in 2003 after 1983, under the captaincy of Ganguly. Ganguly retired from cricket during the 2008 domestic Test series against Australia. Currently he is the President of BCCI.
Under the captaincy of Ganguly, the Indian cricket team reached the finals of the Champions Trophy 2002 (Sri Lanka) and the 2003 World Cup (South Africa). Apart from this, India won the Net West Series in 2002 against England.