Wrong to compare me with Dhoni: Ganguly

Updated: Jun 25, 2013, 18:12 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With the Champions Trophy triumph, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first ever captain and possibly the last ever to achieve the rare triple of winning three major ICC ODI trophies –WT20, ICC 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy.

Naturally, his achievements have led to comparisons with the former cricketers to have led India.

However, Sourav Ganguly begs to differ saying comparing two cricketers of different eras is beyond his understanding and people should refrain from doing that.

In an interview to a website, the former Indian skipper said that he should not be compared with Dhoni while praising him for his ‘terrific’ record as a captain.

“I really don`t know why people are comparing me with Dhoni. I don`t think it will be possible for me to compare myself with him. I don`t believe in comparisons. You can`t compare players or captains or people of different eras. Situations are different and you react differently,” Ganguly told the website.

"Dhoni has been an outstanding captain. His record as captain is terrific. He still has a lot of cricket left in him and he has done wonders to Indian cricket," he said.

"Dhoni backs players as well. People like (Suresh) Raina, (Ravindra) Jadeja, and Rohit Sharma have developed under him as players and has some terrific qualities as a leader,"

Asked about the next 50-over World Cup, Ganguly, under whom India became a force to reckon with in international cricket by winning Test matches abroad, said, "I am sure he has got the 2015 WC at the back of his mind. He is young, a terrific ODI player and there is no reason why he won't be captain."

While Dhoni has often said that the mantra to his success has been to keep things simple, Ganguly has a different take.

"Well, you try to keep things simple...You try! Dhoni looks okay from outside. There must be a lot of pressure from inside. Situations are something you react to and he looks less fussy. But whatever it is, he has done a marvellous job for India," Ganguly said.

On Sunday, India, led by Dhoni, defeated England in the rain-curtailed final of the Champions Trophy by five runs to clinch the title.

With PTI inputs