Indian cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag share a very good rapport with the latter often crediting the former for his stellar international career. On various platforms, Sehwag has time and again acknowledged Ganguly’s contribution in his making as a successful Test opener.
On Sunday (June 1), however, Sehwag did something so special to show his respect for Ganguly that the Prince of Kolkata was left floored.
During a talk show on India TV, Sehwag lowered his chair than the former skipper's and when asked about this gesture, Viru said: "A player cannot be bigger than his captain. A person who made us who we are, is Ganguly himself."
Sehwag’s remark certainly moved Ganguly as he said: “This is what Viru is. He always speaks his heart out. He is a completely transparent individual much like his batting style – ‘see the ball and hit the ball’”.
Here’s the video (courtesy - India TV):
In the show, Sehwag also spoke about the time when Team India were struggling to find a decent opening pair and how he was shouldered with the responsibility.
"We were in the 2003 World Cup and me and Dada used to open during the New Zealand tour, Sachin used to bat at a No.4 spot, and it was during the practice matches when we realised that the pairing wasn't good. The opening match came, Dada and Sachin opened, even in the second match but the pairing didn't match. So when we went to Zimbabwe, John Wright held a meeting and asked all that which pair could be suitable for opening. He asked us to write it down on a piece of paper and not say a word. Everyone did and 14 out of 15 players wanted me and Sachin to open, and that one player wanted Ganguly and Sachin to open, must have been Dada," Sehwag stated.