Sourav Ganguly made a name for himself for his ability to soak in pressure during his six-year reign as India skipper.
Thus, it was amusing to hear him say that the pressure he experienced leading the national team was nothing when compared to tension as an Indian Premier League team captain.
“It is significantly different because when I captained India nobody asked me anything and I didn't have to answer anybody after the day's play. But when I captained the IPL teams I had to answer the owner before the game and after it and I am telling you seriously that is enormous pressure. When you lose the game, the first thing when you get back to the hotel is think 'what am I going to answer?” Ganguly was speaking after delivering the Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture in Mumbai on Friday.
“It is much easier to captain India. I captained India for six years but I never had the Board President or the chairman of selectors picking up the phone and telling me 'you should have done this at this time'. In the IPL, I had switched my phone off twice but they still find you because there are so many people around you.”
After India's disastrous tours last year to England and Australia, the IPL was blamed by experts, but Ganguly refuted it.
“The IPL is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket. It has given a platform for a lot of young cricketers to interact with players from all over the world.”
Ganguly also said the monetary aspect of the league was not something to be looked down as a sportsman's career doesn't last more than 13-14 years.