Xtra Time Web Desk: Former Indian Skipper and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly mentioned Greg as his favourite one, in the video which was uploaded on Teacher’s Day. He stated at the very beginning of the video, “to all my coaches right from Debu Mitra to John Wright, my favourite one Greg to Gary Kristen. Today I want to wish Happy Teacher’s Day to that person who has changed my life. Since a long time, I was thinking of making this video but didn’t get a chance. So finally I got the chance where I will say you about my favourite teachers.”
He has narrated his entire journey over the years starting from failure to success, “be it 1992 or today, one thing has always remained constant by my side and that is Failure”
“The first ball from Anderson Cummins changed my life. Sachin who was of my age, scored 77 runs where as I disappointed everyone from selectors, captain, my coach, to myself. After the first match itself it was heart breaking. I didn’t know whether I would meet my team mates again. I wasn’t even sure of getting another chance. This happens to everyone. But there was one thing in my mind. My story can’t finish. I dreamt of playing for India, dreamt of wearing the Indian Jersey again. I dreamt to stand in the stadium and hear the crowd cheering for India. Those four years taught me a lot of things from being just a cricketer to a good cricketer, because cricket is an emotion here in India- the country goes crazy over this game.”
Sourav Ganguly on Greg Chappell, “After the World Cup, we got a new coach for our team. Lot of names were discussed at that time but we chose Greg Chappell from Australia. The 2007 World Cup was very important for us. Despite getting so close in 2003, we were not able to win the World Cup final against Australia. Not just me, the entire team was looking for another opportunity to fulfill our dreams. We got another opportunity to lift the trophy, but by that time, I had given up captaincy. However, I wanted to play well for my team and I wanted to give it my all.”
Ganguly said the biggest teacher in everyone’s life is their failure. One needs to deal failure in every stage of their life. He added “I just want to tell you that in your life a lot of moments will come when you will feel that you can’t do anything further, may be in your career or in your personal life, emotionally it happens a lot of time when we can’t understand anything. At that time, we all lose hope. We should remember our biggest teacher is failure. It comes in every stage of life and leaves teaching us something because the story is still left.