Can’t expect Rahul Dravid to act like Yuvraj Singh: Sourav Ganguly gives leadership lessons

Written by Vishwas Gupta

From the famous triumph in the 2002 Natwest series to reaching the final of the ICC World Cup in 2003, Ganguly left a lasting impression with his aggressive style of captaincy. The former captain also backed numerous youngsters during his tenure as captain, who went on to make a name for themselves and made India a dominant force across formats.

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was one of the youngsters who was roped into the Indian team by Ganguly and went on to establish his credentials as one of the best all-rounders of all-time. Yuvraj played an instrumental role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph where he bagged the Man of the Tournament award for scoring 362 runs and picking up 15 wickets in the tournament.

Sourav Ganguly recently mentioned Yuvraj’s example while delivering an online lecture on leadership. The current president of BCCI asserted how as a captain he would never expect a player like Yuvraj to act like legendary Rahul Dravid. While Yuvraj was known for his swashbuckling style of cricket, Dravid went about his business with calm demeanour both on and off the field.

“Adaptability is one of the key leadership qualities. A leader should tap the natural talents of the team members. You cannot make Rahul Dravid act like Yuvraj or make Yuvraj be Rahul Dravid,” said Ganguly on Unacademy while talking about leadership.

Ganguly, who led India in 146 ODIs and 49 Test matches, said the best leaders learn from their own mistakes and never let failure stop them from moving forward in life.

“The greatest of the leaders make mistakes, but as long as the intentions are right, everything else will fall into place. You should learn from your own mistakes and leave them behind to be a better version of yourself,” said Ganguly.

“Don’t let your losses get you down, that’s a part of growing up. Learning from failures will lead you to success,” he added

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