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Ganguly is one of the great Indian captains: Muralitharan

Refusing to get drawn into a controversy, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Monday said Ravi Shastri may have just “missed” Sourav Ganguly`s name while compiling his list of India`s all-time best captains.

“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.

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 exchanged several verbal volleys 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.

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.

Source: The Times of India

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