Dravid, Ganguly's big hundreds in Taunton had an incredible impact on me: Buttler

London, May 19 England's swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler says Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly's big hundreds in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka had an "incredible impact" on him.

The duo of Ganguly and Dravid had stitched together a mammoth partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket to set up an easy victory for India.

That was long before the T20 revolution took the game by storm but, on that day in Taunton, sixes and fours rained down from the blades of the two Indian batsmen, something the destructive Buttler often does these days.

"Those were my formative years and watching that game with Ganguly and Dravid scoring big hundreds had an incredible impact," Buttler told Cricbuzz.

He was surprised by the massive Indian presence in the crowd for a match in England.

"India versus Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup was my first experience of seeing Indian crowds and that ignites the fire of how passionate people are about the game and how cool it would be to play in a World Cup," added Buttler.

Buttler looked in good form for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended IPL-14, including scoring a scintillating 64-ball 124 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Considered one of England's finest limited overs batsman, Buttler was instrumental in guiding them to the 2019 World Cup victory at home, and is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

'After Gavaskar, haven't seen a better Indian Test opening batsman than Sehwag'

Starting off as a No. 6 batsman in Tests, Sehwag opened the innings for the first time for India during the England tour of 2002, and the rest as they say is history.

It is not much of a secret that it was Sourav Ganguly who was responsible for giving Indian cricket one of its best openers in Virender Sehwag. Sehwag made his India debut under the captaincy of Ajay Jadeja in an ODI against Pakistan in 1999, but it was under Ganguly's leadership that the explosive batsman really came into his own. Starting off as a No. 6 batsman in Tests, Sehwag opened the innings for the first time for India during the England tour of 2002, and the rest as they say is history.

"He was such a big player but didn't get a chance in the batting order. I told him during the England tour, 'no point in sitting in reserves. See if you can open the batting?' He didn't agree to in initially, said he's never done it and is a middle order batsman. But see, from there, he became one of the greatest. After Gavaskar, I haven't seen a better opening batsman in Test cricket in India than him," Ganguly said in an interview with The Republic Bangla.

Ganguly is one of the few Indian cricketers who have excelled in whatever role they've taken up. When he took up India's captaincy amid the match-fixing scandal, he became one of the country's best skippers of all-time. Later on, after retiring, Ganguly established himself as a wonderful commentator before embarking on administrative roles. He served as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya and is now the president of the BCCI.


Ganguly's mind harked back to the year 2000, when he was appointed captain of the Indian cricket team. India were coming off a horrendous tour of Australia, where they'd lost all three Tests and won just one match in the tri-series under Sachin Tendulkar. Furthermore, India even lost the Test series at home 0-2 to South Africa before a change in guard took place.

"I have this thing that if you give me responsibility, I will give my best shot. I don't know what it is. When Sachin quit captaincy in 1999 (2000), I didn't even know I would be taking charge. Back then Sachin and I were of the same age, no one could think someone other than Sachin could become India's captain. He did not want to do it, so I took over and I did."


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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is ‘stable’, informs Woodlands Hospital

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is ‘stable’ after undergoing a heart procedure in Kolkata on Saturday.

He was admitted to Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital in Kolkata.

“Sourav Ganguly has undergone angioplasty. He is stable now. He will be monitored for 24 hours. He is completely conscious. There are two blockages in his heart for which he will be treated,” said Dr. Aftab Khan, Woodlands Hospital, Kolkata.

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Sourav Ganguly's family tested positive for Covid-19

Guwahati: The spread of Covid-19 has taken many into the trap. Now, it is Sourav Ganguly's family members who have been tested positive.

The sister-in-law of the president of BCCI and wife of Snehasish Gangly has been found positive for the virus.

Last week it was her parents and a maid from Snehasish's house also came in contact with the disease.

However, Snehasish has been tested negative.

All of them are under medical surveillance at a private nursing home.

"All the four complained of some health issues, which were similar to the symptoms of COVID-19 when they were staying at another residence and not at Ganguly's ancestral house in Behala. After testing positive, all the four were shifted to a private nursing home,  " said an official from the department.

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BCCI will try every possibility for commencing IPL 2020: Sourav Ganguly

Guwahati: IPL 2020, which was about to begin from March 29, has been postponed subject to the current pandemic. Since then, the future IPL 2020 seemed to be vague.

But, a ray of hope from the side of  President of BCCI,  Sourav Ganguly can be seen.

Ganguly, on Thursday, said that the board is trying all possible options to bring IPL, 2020 to stage, including playing behind closed doors with no spectators.

Sourav Ganguly on his letter to the members of the board stated,  "The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year."

Green signal from the side of the players can also be witnessed.

"Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this."

"The BCCI is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all State Cricket Associations. Essentially this SOP is being made with a view of providing our Members with a standard set of guidelines which will help the associations to resume cricket in their respective areas," further reads the letter.

Proposal for domestic tournaments is also in the talk.

In regards to that Ganguly said, "Moving ahead, the BCCI is in the process of planning the domestic competitions for the next cricketing season. We are working on various formats and options in our endeavor to ensure that various domestic tournaments are held, they stay competitive and participation is feasible. The BCCI will come up with more details on this front over the next couple of weeks."

President also brought to notice that the dues of the members of the board have been released.

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