World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly and John Wright reunite in commentary box, bond over banter

first_imgSourav Ganguly was thrown at the deep end when he was appointed as captain of India cricket team in 2000. Following the match-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket at the start of the new millennium, Indian cricket needed strong leadership and the Prince of Kolkata was there to provide just that.Ganguly shone as captain right after taking over and went on to become one of the greatest captains in modern-day cricket.India vs Bangladesh, CWC 19 warm-up: Live cricket scoreGanguly formed one of the most fruitful partnerships in Indian cricket with John Wright as the India captain and the New Zealand coach led the team to quite a few memorable wins.From ending Australia’s 16-match winning run in Tests in the iconic Eden Gardens Test of 2001 to reaching the final of the 2003 World Cup, Ganguly and Wright together transformed India into a modern-day powerhouse of world cricket.Ganguly and Wright had worked together between 2000 and 2005 which arguably can be called one of the most successful eras of Indian cricket.A decade later, Ganguly and Wright reunited in the commentary box as the two legends commentated together in the United Kingdom during India’s World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Tuesday.Wright took Ganguly on a nostalgia ride as he recalled India’s World Cup 2003 campaign. India suffered a 9-wicket defeat to Australia early in the campaign but recovered well to reach the final and eventually finish as runners-up.Ganguly and Wright even had a light-hearted discussion about their roles as captain and coach in the Indian dressing room.advertisement”When I was captain, John Wright was making all the decisions and I followed like an obedient student,” Ganguly said.Wright was quick to reply: “My memory must have failed then because I think you were in charge and I used to just potter around in the background.”Indian cricket fans on Twitter were bowled over by the reunion of Sourav Ganguly and John Wright. Check out a few reactions here.The coach-captain combo was spotted in #INDvBAN warm-up match. John Wright, who was the coach in a successful 2003 World Cup campaign, when India reached final under the Saurav Ganguly’ captaincy.Ganguly says, “I have always followed your instructions.” pic.twitter.com/CrVqWOKUaWVadapalli Nithin (@nithin_v17) May 28, 2019John Wright and Sourav Ganguly on commentary! Sigh time has moved on! #CWC19Hitchy (@hitchwriter) May 28, 2019Sourav Ganguly and John Wright in the commentary box. Goosebump moment. The golden times of Indian cricket.#INDvBAN #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/3Y28JzMsZHMari Kannan (@marikannan33) May 28, 2019#askstar The best part of India’s batting today is John Wright’s commentary. If only he could send Ganguly at number 4 before the 5 finishers in the squad ! #JohnWright #abillionpeoplewithoutanumber4Avinash Alva (@AvinashAlva) May 28, 2019This Ganguly – John Wright duo in commentary box makes me feel nostalgic. Hopefully they’ll have lots more stories to share about 2003 world cup campaign. #INDvBANAkshay Sharma (@akshaypasu) May 28, 2019I am thoroughly enjoying Pup, John Wright and Sourav Ganguly at com box. So much knowledge to gain @SGanguly99 , @MClarke23 @StarSportsIndiaAnup Kolambkar (@anup_kolambkar) May 28, 2019Sourav Ganguly and John Wright in the commentary box for India vs Bangladesh. It takes me back to when a younger me cheered for India as this duo lead us to the 2003 final. Can’t believe it’s really them together #WorldCup2019Joy Joshi (@JoyJJos) May 28, 2019Sourav Ganguly asking John Wright to trade Bumrah to Delhi Capitals…Wright repiles “Not over my dead Body”#CWC19 #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/LimTslYs8bAbhijeet ? (@TheYorkerBall) May 28, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hits rapid hundred in warm-up against BangladeshAlso See:last_img read more