Sourav Ganguly (A): A Case Study in Leadership
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"In a single day he can provoke exasperation, infuriation, and congratulations…[Sourav] is a mixture of dashing cricketer, disdainful aristocrat, protesting youth, charming socialiser, glorious leader and fierce competitor."1
- Peter Roebuck, former cricketer,
"[Ganguly's] deft management skills, I know, have also influenced many of us in the corporate world. Saurav has demonstrated very effectively all the qualities of a corporate leader. Saurav has demonstrated how to build and manage a team; how to succeed at home and to replicate that success overseas. Saurav has demonstrated the importance of getting the best resources and talent; motivating them; and to emerge as a serious player in a competitive environment."2
- B Muthuraman, managing director, Tata Steel,3 in 2004..
"Saurav is an example of an outstanding leader who was willing to take strong, hard stands. He also managed his team well and backed a number of young players… He failed because of a certain situation he could not handle. Every leader succeeds and fails depending on the situation s/he is working under."4
- Harsha Bhogle, Television commentator and cricket columnist, in 2006.
A Charismatic and Controversial Leader
However, after the series he was dropped from the national squad. In 1996, Ganguly made a comeback to the national team and quickly rose to prominence in the international cricketing arena. He was considered to be very competitive and often got under the skin of the opponent. While he got the nicknames "The Prince of Calcutta' and the 'Royal Bengal Tiger', and was affectionately called Dada7 by his team mates, he also earned the nickname 'Lord Snooty' from the competitors and the foreign media.
1] The Cricketer International,
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