Indian cricket team was going through a tough phase when Sourav Ganguly took charge of the Indian team in the early 2000s.
Ganguly proved that he was a different type of captain which India team cricket never had before. He had the cojones to take decisions that changed the way Indian cricket was played.
However, Ganguly refuses that he does this purposely, however it was symbolic in many ways. It was a sign to the first world countries of cricket that India was no longer in awe of them. This proved that the Indian team was all ready to fight back not bothering who their opponents were.
Ace cricketer Virender Sehwag made his debut against South Africa as a middle-order batsman and scored 105. At this point, Sehwag had never opened the innings in his career but Ganguly made him do. People believed that Sehwag didn't have the technique to survive the brand new ball but Ganguly’s trust on his teammate proved everyone wrong.
While Rahul was not in favour of Ganguly’s decision, he took on the responsibility for the sake of the team. Ganguly's decision was meant to balance the team and the decision worked out as India cruised its way to the 2003 World Cup finals.
Leeds, Headingley is known for its green tracks and cloudy atmosphere which are perfect conditions for seam bowlers. But to everybody's surprise, Ganguly decided to bat, after winning the toss. The Indian spinners then wrecked havoc in the second innings and India won the match by an innings and 46 runs.
On the off chance that you could bring up one minute that changed Indian cricket, this would be it. Rahul Dravid wasn't batting that well in this extremely vital arrangement. So in the wake of following on to Australia's gigantic first innings add up to, Dada chose to send in VVS Laxman at no 3.
These brave decisions take by Sourav Ganguly proved that he was one of the best cricketers of the Indian cricket team!