Muttiah Muralitharan is the spin bowling consultant of the Cricket Association of Bengal's Vision 2020 programme    Getty Images
Muttiah Muralitharan is the spin bowling consultant of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Vision 2020 programme Getty Images

Kolkata (PTI) Refusing to get drawn into a controversy, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan said Ravi Shastri may have just “missed” Sourav Ganguly‘s name while compiling his list of India’s all-time best captains. The former Indian team director termed Dhoni a ‘dada captain’ and omitted Ganguly’s name from his list of best Indian skippers in an interview to a website. Shastri and Ganguly share a volatile relationship and traded several blows in full public view after the legendary Anil Kumble was appointed coach of the Indian cricket team last year. Shastri, who has been a firm backer of Dhoni in the past, added that the timing of the wicketkeeper-batsman’s decision was perfect.

“Definitely Ganguly did a great job for Indian cricket after he took over. In my opinion, he’s a great captain,” Murali, the spin bowling consultant of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Vision 2020 programme, said here.

Muralitharan said, “It’s all about opinions and everyone has one. Maybe he has missed Ganguly but I can’t speak for him.”

Ganguly took charge of the Indian cricket team when it was struggling with match-fixing scandals in the early 2000s and then took it to great heights. Under Ganguly, India won Test matches abroad on a consistent basis while making the final of World Cup in 2003.