Indian cricket has seen its ups and downs and one of the worst phases was when the players of national team were accused of match-fixing. This was the time when reputation of Indian cricket and cricketers was badly damaged and there was a need of a great leader to restore the respect and reputation of Indian cricket.
Fortunately for Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly was made the captain of the team and he not only restored the respect of Indian cricket but also transformed his team into a brutal fighting unit and made winning a habit.
The match-fixing was also controlled and the main reason for it was the Bengal Tiger himself. Just recently, a former bookie revealed:
DURING THE TIME SOURAV GANGULY WAS THE CAPTAIN, MOST BOOKIES WANTED HIM TO FIX MATCHES. NOT JUST HIM, EVEN SACHIN TENDULKAR AND ANIL KUMBLE, BECAUSE THEY KNEW IF THEY COULD HAVE THEM ON THEIR SIDE, THEY COULD INFLUENCE THE ENTIRE TEAM AS PER THE ODDS. BUT, THEY ALSO KNEW THAT IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN, BECAUSE DADA WAS ONE OF THE MOST PATRIOTIC CAPTAINS. THE BOOKIES WERE SCARED TO APPROACH HIM AS THEY KNEW, HE WOULD TURN THEM IN. SO, IT WAS A GROWN CONSENSUS THAT GANGULY CANNOT BE SOLD AND NO ONE HAD THE GUTS TO APPROACH HIM, AS IT COULD PUT THEIR BUSINESS INTO JEOPARDY.
In 2010, Dada (as lovingly he is called) said that he never dealt with any bookie in his career and when he was asked what may be the reason behind bookies not approaching him, he said:
MAY BE THE BOOKIES JUDGE PLAYERS BY THEIR CHARACTERS BEFORE APPROACHING THEM. I ALWAYS ATTEMPTED TO PUT AN APPEARANCE WHERE I WOULD TAKE NONE OF THIS KIND OF NON-SENSE. YES, CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS ABOUT THESE THINGS DID COME UP, BUT IT NEVER WENT BEYOND THAT.
To control match-fixing, we need more leaders like Sourav Ganguly in cricket and even a Dhoni fan will agree that it was DADA who restored our faith in the Indian cricket and all cricket lovers will always be thankful to Prince of Calcutta for it.