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Press talk reveals the men they are...

Amrit Mathur takes us through Ganguly’s and Dravid’s responses to the media during the 2003 Cup.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2007 03:04 IST


Sourav Ganguly

Most difficult thing in the world:

Captaining the Indian cricket team. It matters but also shatters.

Most difficult captaincy decision:

Leaving out Anil Kumble.

Most difficult aspect of captaining India:

Everyone seems to think they know more than the captain.

What is unimportant?

Money after a limit. What do I spend on? I have no expenses, no great desire to own new cars or buy designer clothes.

What is important?

A cup of chai, mental satisfaction, some friends and the family next to you.

Number of rubber grips on Ganguly's bats:

Three full, and a fourth that is only half way up from the shoulder.

His all time favourite cricketer:

Sir Garfield Sobers.

His greatest Indian cricketer ever:

Sachin Tendulkar.

The greatest tadi batsman, according to him:

Sir Vivian Richards.

Person who sent several SMSs to him:

Shahrukh Khan.

What he dreads:

Syringes and taking stitches.

His comment on his fit look:

This is due to tension. I can't sleep, have lost weight and my hair has turned grey.

Rahul Dravid

Most difficult thing in the world:

Indian captaincy. But there are so many benefits also. Everything balances out.

On his own batting:

I am able to adjust better to different conditions with experience.

On the secret of being a successful batsman:

Nobody knows the formula for success. It is a rhythm game, and when you are flowing, everything is good.

On the Indian team:

It is a cohesive unit. In difficult situations someone has always put his hand up and done it for the team. It is great to be part of this group.

On discussions in a team meeting:

There is a healthy difference of opinion that gives strength. Expressing a frank view is good, provided it is reasoned and with team interest at heart. The team does not need 11 ‘yes men’. It needs strong individuals.

How to improve quality of Indian cricket:

Provide best inputs to kids and allow them to compete.

What he wears inside his batting gloves?

Cotton inners, the kind worn by wicketkeepers.

Most unlikely to do after retirement:

Visit the dressing room and give gyaan to players.

What he would like to do if he had the time?

Travel, visit the Taj and have a photograph taken on the bench there.

Amrit Mathur takes us back to India's journey through the 2003 World Cup.

First Published: Mar 03, 2007 02:59 IST