"It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli".
"I would never do it (go shirtless) now".
Ganguly, one of India's most successful Test captains, was sacked from his leadership role in October 2005 and later eased out of both the Test and one-day squads following a row with coach Chappell. "I remember those days and think individual sports is a lot better when you are not dependent on team". "So as a captain, as a leader I had to get that atmosphere going on the ground and it had to start from me", Ganguly said. He's passionate, honest... He looks after his players and when you see someone like him running Indian cricket, you know there's transparency.
"I often keep telling that Leander (Paes) plays this way because he rules his life. Dropped, selected, well, that's part and parcel of the game". Greats like Diego Maradona, Rahul Dravid all made way for someone else.
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He was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide, and was eventually released from prison and placed under house arrest. This is followed by five days of often intense cross-examination, marked by bouts of tears and breaks in the session.
Arguably India's best captain, Ganguly, however made a comeback after a strong domestic show to be included for the South Africa tour later that year. "They could have played more", the 45-year-old said.
On his famous taking-off-shirt incident at the Lords balcony after India beat England in the Natwest Series final, Ganguly said he would never do it again.
India have been playing back to back hectic series in the last few months, with three successive home series against Australia and New Zealand and now the ongoing series of three Tests and similar number of ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka. The world was at my feet till 2006.
"Not many captains in the world would go from not being captain to not even being in the side". His record was later broken by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"You look at Dhoni". Kohli also said that the issue of the team not having time to prepare for crucial away series should be looked into.