In a recent interview, former Australian captain Michael Clarke compared the Indian Cricket Team to the Australian Cricket Team, saying that both share similarity in the attitude they wear. While saying that, he also credited former India captain Sourav Ganguly for bringing in that attitude in the Indian team.
"I think there are similarities in this Indian team and Australian units over the years. To be honest, I must say that Sourav Ganguly deserves a lot of credit for the environment he created. He never took a backseat and that has transpired on. Dhoni, Kumble, Kohli have all done it their own way. Led by an aggressive skipper they are not afraid to lose. But credit must go to Sourav," media reports quoted Clarke as saying.
The left-handed batsman is one of the most successful Indian Test captains to date. Ganguly or Dada as he is fondly called, has won 21 out of 49 Tests. He is also the most successful Indian Test captain overseas with 11 wins. When he announced his international retirement in 2008, he had 18,000 international runs and 38 international centuries under his belt.
Meanwhile, Clarke also opined that the five-match ODI series against India will be a good practice for Australia for the 2019 World Cup.
"The support staff has to work out the way they wish to play. Whether they want to play an aggressive brand of cricket or wish to hold back and play the full quota of overs. We still have some way to go before the 2019 world cup, but honestly we have not won as much as we would like. A carrot right there for Smith and the boys because if they win 4-1 then they become the no.1 side again," he said.