Sourav Ganguly is still considered one of the greatest and successful captains of not just Indian cricket, but also among the greatest captains in the world    Getty Images
Sourav Ganguly is still considered one of the greatest and successful captains of not just Indian cricket, but also among the greatest captains in the world Getty Images

It was about six years back, in 2010, when Sourav Ganguly admitted that he was never approached by a bookie for match-fixing, and it was mostly due to the top position, that Ganguly possessed at that period in the team, that allowed bookies to maintain safe distance from him. Recently in an interview of a former bookie, he revealed how difficult it was to approach the former captain on these terms. Ganguly is still considered one of the greatest and successful captains of not just Indian cricket, but also among the greatest captains in the world, having captained the world team on some occasions as well. Sourav Ganguly likely to continue as CAB President

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, the bookie said in an exclusive interview by Sportskeeda.

Earlier, Ganguly too spoke on the issue, as he quoted, Maybe 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 nonsense. Yes, conversations between players about these things did come up, but it never went beyond that. Sourav Ganguly attends MCC World Committee at Lord s

The details regarding the manner in which matches were fixed at those time were also revealed, as the bookie quoted, It s very weird how people have stereotypes of fixing in their head. They think the bookie, directly approaches the player with money. You have to understand that the essential driving force for everyone is money, anybody can be sold. So, hotel staff, drivers, officials and office boys, they are all essential to the entire scheme. There also code words that are used. No one approaches the player saying yeh le paisa, it s more Dadaji theek hai na, Sir, which acted as a signal for the money reaching the right place.

It was also revealed that a similar attempt was made during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, where the driver acting as the messenger could also have earned more than Rs. 2.5 crores. The bookie quoted again, Since I ve been out of the business for a while now, I cannot comment about the current state. But, during that time, if you could convince the cricketer to fix once, you re sorted. Post that you can even give him lesser amount, as we have it on record that he fixed. So, if he gives in the first time, after that it becomes like a vicious circle.

Although it has been believed through movies and media that the most lucrative form of fixing is the ball-by-ball fixing. The bookie again said, In those days, ball-by-ball never mattered, what really bought in the money were session betting, where people bet on how much a player or team would make in a session. The player was asked to play slow for around 20 25 minutes, the player doesn t even think he is cheating, as he attempts to play quicker later and make it up. But what he doesn t know is that the session score reduces and that s what people bet on. A session usually lasted like 8-13 overs 13-21 overs, those were designated before the match.

The bookie also concluded by saying that before he retired from the profession before the IPL went underway, the India vs Pakistan matches produced the most amount of money, followed by the World Cup and also the Ashes.