Sourav Ganguly turned Virender Sehwag to open, Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has believed Sourav Ganguly for instilling confidence in him to start the innings by backing the movement and also by providing him with a long string in the new role. In his support for Indian Express, Sehwag talked about the discussion he had with Ganguly and how it showed the leadership credentials of the previous Indian captain.
“Dada had a big role to perform in my shift to the top of the order. It all began with him asking me to open. My response was simple: “Why aren’t you opening, even you open, even Sachin opens?” Sehwag wrote.
Sourav Ganguly turned Virender Sehwag to open, Sehwag continues to reveal further: “He explained to me that the availability slot was vacant, so if I catch it, my place in the team will be supported. But in case I was upon the idea & wanted to stick to the middle order, he told, I would have to wait for someone to get injured.
But what convinced me was his helpful suggestion that he was to give me later. He said, “I will give you 3 to 4 innings as an opener. Even if you fail, you will proceed to play. And before I drop you, I will repeat give you a chance in the middle (order)”.
The Delhi man accepts the fact that his transformation as a cricketer and all the success he had as a cricketer was because Ganguly backed him and he believes that this trait will sit well with the new BCCI chief.
Sourav Ganguly turned Virender Sehwag to open “It was a very fair manner. It’s this simplicity that makes a player trust his master. That gave me a lot of confidence. I created, Dada is supporting me so much, so let me try. Whatever I am today, it is because him,” Sehwag wrote.