Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid's partnership important for Indian team's success across formats: VVS Laxman
Former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman considers the partnership between BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and NCA Director Rahul Dravid is the key to the success of Team India.
It's been a while since both former Indian captains took over the important administrative roles of cricket in India. Rahul Dravid was appointed Director of National Cricket Academy in last July, while Sourav Ganguly was elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in October last year.
"It is great! the partnership between BCCI President Ganguly and National Cricket Academy (NCA) Head Dravid. If the Indian team wants to be successful in every format, then this partnership is of utmost importance. I think everyone is important, the team captain, NCA Head and BCCI President," VVS Laxman said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected.
The 45-year-old shared an anecdote on the show featuring Rahul Dravid. “I was too engrossed in my performance, to be honest. When he (Dravid) came into bat, I was already at 70 odd. I remember my 100 scoring shot which was a cover drive through point and he was at the non-striker's end. I finished the day at 131, I got out an hour after tea and he carried on.”
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid had made their Test debuts together at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground against England back in 1996. In their first match, the duo stitched a 94-run stand for the 7th wicket. Dada scored a brilliant ton on his debut while the Wall fell 5-run short of becoming a Test debut centurion.
The BCCI President had once recollected the memories from his Test debut and said, “he came back the next morning and got 95. I was standing at the Lord's balcony hoping that he would get a hundred. I have seen him play at the under 15s, then Ranji Trophy together. I had seen his debut at Eden Gardens and then seeing his debut at Lord's. So, I watched his career closely. It would have been great had we both got hundreds that day."