Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Sourav Ganguly feels captains need to earn their players’ trust

Sourav Ganguly feels captains need to earn their players' trust

Sourav Ganguly along with Adam Gilchrist discussed about leadership skills at an event in Mumbai © Getty Images

Mumbai: May 1, 2013

Leading a cricket team is no different from running a family where the members would end up playing for themselves if the captain loses their faith, feels former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.

“As a leader, if you want a good team, you have to be transparent with your players. The biggest quality of the leader is to get the trust of his players,” Ganguly said at the ‘FedEx Master of Deliveries’ event where he discussed leadership with Australian great Adam Gilchrist on Tuesday night.

“We are in an environment where we drop people and as soon as you are left out, as a player you have so many questions on your mind. It is easier to drop a person but you have to speak to him. This is where you stand, this is where we feel you can go but we want you back in the squad and he goes back happy,” he explained.

“And when he comes back he knows the leader has kept his word, he delivers 100 per cent. If that transparency or trust doesn’t generate, at some stage, in a team sport, you find players playing for themselves. And that is when things start going down. You need to avoid getting in those situations,” stressed.

Elaborating on other challenges of captaincy, Ganguly said identifying and managing talent is no small task for a leader. Having people with different personalities in the same dressing room can also be a problem but Ganguly said “you need them to be who they are”.

“Like in families you have certain people going the other way, you have to deal with it. I think that is where leadership comes into picture. You have to handle every individual differently. With all due respects, you had a Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh to deal with, who are completely different personalities,” the Kolkatan said.

“If you asked Yuvraj Singh to read the book he wouldn’t hit the cricket ball the next day. The other way, if you asked Rahul Dravid to go for a party in the night, he wouldn’t wake up the next morning,” he quipped.

“These are two different personalities and you have to let them lead their lives. As a leader you have to make sure that their efforts are at the right time. Adam had Shane Warne at one end and Steve Waugh at the other. They are different personalities and at the end of the day, they delivered for Australian cricket,” Ganguly added.

Talking about the game in general, Ganguly said the players should just focus on performance when they step on the field and not even think about the rest of the issues.

“I have always believed that once you walk on the cricket field as a player, whoever it maybe 100 Test matches or first game, it is about the cricket ball you should worry. The rest of the thought processes shouldn’t be on your mind,” he said.

“What is the selector thinking, what is the captain thinking, what the coach thinks about you, whether it is the last opportunity or the first opportunity. We as players go through that. Different players can take different pressures.

All you should worry about is the cricket ball and not about place,” he added.

Regarded as India’s most successful captain, Ganguly said that sometimes things don’t go to plan.

“I was on the wrong side but I was fortunate to watch Adam’s 100 in Mumbai on an absolute square turf. We had prepared everything before the start of the series. After four or five overs, I looked at John Wright who was standing at the balcony because all I did was exactly opposite of what we spoke the previous night,” he said.

“Fifty per cent of the times you can decide something and it happens the other way. In that era, they were such a great side, you had (Matthew) Hayden and (Justin) Langer, as captain you brought in a left-arm seamer, tried to bring him back take it away from Langer or bowl the short ball,” he said.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sachin Tendulkar Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Free Live Streaming Online IPL 2014

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2014 Match 13 Preview: Confident Chennai clash with desperate Mumbai

Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Ryan Harris may struggle to regain fitness before Pakistan tour

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Truecaller ties up with Tata Docomo to offer free premium services

Tim Cook takes a dig at Samsung, says it means much more to Apple to get it right than to be first

‘India well-poised to play constructive role in global net governance’

Tablets and phones are passé: Onesie, the Wi-Fi jumpsuit is the newest invention!

After condoms, what is Ranveer Singh’s next endorsement deal all about?

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

IPL 2014: Allan Donald believes every game is crucial

Varun Dhawan voted before celebrating his birthday!

Also on cricketcountry.com