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Sourav Ganguly Inspiring Comeback Story: A tale of 21 rounds of Eden Gardens, 350 abdominal exercises per day

ByRandall B. Phelps

Dec 27, 2021

New Delhi: Former captain of India and now the Chairman of the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly revealed an intriguing part of his journey as he tried to return to the Indian squad after being excluded from the national team when Rahul Dravid was the team captain and Greg Chappell was the head coach of the team.Also Read – SA vs IND, 1st Test: Rain Wipes Out Day Two Game Without A Ball Thrown

Sourav Ganguly, while hosting the popular non-fiction show “Dadagiri Unlimited Season 9”, took a step back in time and explained how he channeled his anger and made it work to his advantage, which made him feel good. helped make his return to the team. Read also – Ind vs SA: Ajinkya Rahane being relieved as vice-captain has eased the burden for him, thinks Sanjay Bangar

“When I was kicked out of the team, I was very angry. One day in the evening, I went to Eden Gardens and completed 21 laps. I had been doing 350 abdominal exercises per day by this time. Ganguly had said on the show. Also Read – Virat Kohli is more like Kapil Dev, Rohit Sharma is like Sunil Gavaskar: Ravi Shastri on Team India’s Split Captaincy

Ganguly made a brilliant return to the series against South Africa after being absent from the squad for almost 16 months. He had scored 51 and 25 which turned out to be a game-winner in Johannesburg in 2006 and was involved in a final 44-point stand with VRV Singh. Ganguly’s 51 was the only score over fifty in India’s opening innings in what was a very tough wicket to beat at the start.

Earlier in the year, Chappell then revealed his side of the story while speaking on the Cricket Life Stories podcast.

“Dravid was really invested in making India the best team in the world. Unfortunately not everyone on the team had the same feeling. They prefer to focus on being on the team. There was some resistance from some senior players as some of them were nearing the end of their careers, ”said the former Australian captain.

“When Sourav was kicked out of the squad we got a lot of attention from the players as they realized that if they could go anybody could go. We had a great 12 months. , but the resistance became too strong, Ganguly returned to the squad. The message from the players was loud and clear: “We don’t want any change. Even though the board offered me a new contract, j decided I didn’t need that kind of stress, ”Chappell added.