Anil Kumble is the most underrated Indian cricketer, says Sourav Ganguly
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Anil Kumble is the most underrated Indian cricketer, says Sourav Ganguly

The former Indian skipper and the CAB president thinks that while we usually talk about the achievements of a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virat Kohli, Kumble is in fact one of the biggest match winner India has ever produced

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Ananya Ghosh
Ananya Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Sourav Ganguly thinks the most filmy moment in his life was when he took off his shirt at the Lord’s balcony after winning the NatWest triangular series final in 2002
In a nutshell:
  • Birthday: July 8, 1972
  • City of birth: Kolkata
  • Sunsign: Cancerian
  • School/college: St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata
  • High point in life: Captain of India
  • Low point in life: Not many low ones!

Three things not many people know about you...?

I want all my things properly arranged in the right place. I am a very quiet person. And, I am a loner.

One superstition you have...?

When I used to play, I would always put my left pad first.

The most filmy thing you have ever done...?

Taking my shirt off in the balcony of Lord’s cricket ground after beating England in the NatWest Series final!

One thing you are trying to learn from your daughter Sana...?

She can fix everything! She is exceptionally good with gadgets.

What’s the one thing that you admire the most about the millennials?

The freshness of ideas is one thing I admire about the millennials. I wish we had the kind of connectivity they enjoy these days.

One tip you would like to give Virat Kohli for the upcoming South Africa series?

Just be fearless and take the risks. I think we have the right team. We will lose some, but I am sure we will win the most!

According to you, what makes Virat such a successful captain?

Apart from his understanding of the game, I think the way he handles his players is simply superb.

Who’s the most underrated cricketer according to you?

Anil Kumble. I think he is the biggest match winner India has ever produced. We speak about a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virat Kohli or a Ravichandran Ashwin, but it is a fact that Kumble has won far more matches for India than anyone else.

One Surf Excel #haarkoharao moment in real life where failure worked as a motivation for you:

My ODI debut. I was out at three runs and didn’t get the chance to play for four years and then made my test debut with a 100. Those four years actually taught me how to become a cricketer. It is very easy to say that we will give our best shot and that winning or losing is not important. But in reality, winning is important. It is important to find a way to succeed, and an integral part to that is to learn how to deal with failures.

One thing you miss the most about your cricket days...?

The 7am adrenaline rush before a match. Because I knew I would be judged the entire day and as the match wraps up I would be either hailed as a star or tagged as a loser and thrown out from the team by selectors. It is important to have that pressure. Eventually start enjoying it...so much so that when that is gone, you end up actually missing it!

You are now the CAB president, what is more difficult, playing on the field or the administrative part of it?

Both are very different. But playing on the field was definitely more challenging and far more fulfilling!

What is your mantra for success?

You have to create your own space of success, which will not be successful all the time but will be successful more number of times. You don’t win all the time, but you also don’t lose all the time. As long you win more than you lose, you are successful.

My favourite...
  • Movie: Sholay (1975)
  • Comfort food: Biryani
  • Holiday destination: London
  • Cricketer: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Book/author: I don’t read much

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 21:58 IST