BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday (January 13) acknowledged that it was "tougher being a player" than performing the role of an administrator as there was only one chance while batting.
"It was tougher playing under pressure, because it was one chance while batting, that was lot difficult. Here (as BCCI President) if I make a mistake, I come back next and get it rectified, there if you nicked (Glenn) McGrath outside the off stump..." Ganguly said while speaking at the Sportstar Aces Awards night in Mumbai.
Legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar also echoed the words Ganguly said as the former believes administration is a considerably easy job.
"Yes, I did (hold the office of BCCI president) for a couple of months in 2014, when the Supreme Court appointed me president of the BCCI, IPL, I did it. It was easy," Gavaskar said.
Asked what he felt changed over the years in cricket, the 70-year-old said fitness.
"I think the fitness, they (players) are much fitter than we were playing, much more stronger and they can hit the ball a fair distance, (they are) physically fit and agile," Gavaskar said.
During the award ceremony, Indian Test side received the honour of best Team of the Year. Since Virat Kohli and company could not turn up for the function, Ganguly received the award on behalf of Indian players.
"Thank You for giving Indian Test team (Team of the Tear award). I am sure all the other three teams have equally done well this year (2019). Congratulations to (batting coach) Vikram (Rathour) and the boys are not here as they have a game tomorrow," Ganguly, the former India captain, remarked.
"And all the best for the new year. It's the start of a big year, the World Cups - men's, women's and U-19, and I hope it goes well," he further said.
(With PTI inputs)