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Sourav Ganguly celebrating the win by taking off his T-Shirt on Lord’s cricket ground in 2002 (Source: BCCI)

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman made a big statement on Tuesday about former captain Sourav Ganguly. Laxman has said that former captain Sourav Ganguly used to play freely.

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Laxman posted a photo of Ganguly taking off his T-shirt in the final of the NatWest Trophy at the Lord’s ground, writing,

“Unconventional and fiercely proud, @SGanguly99 wore his heart on his sleeve. And, sometimes, bared it too! Empowering youngsters who went on to do wonders for the country was credit to his great leadership qualities”

Let me tell you that on 13 July 2002, India won the NatWest Trophy by scoring a huge target of 326 against England with 2 wickets remaining. It was one of the biggest wins of the Indian cricket team at that time. Mohammad Kaif’s unbeaten 87 and Yuvraj Singh contributed 62 runs in this victory.

Significantly, Sourav Ganguly is counted among the most successful captains of India. Ganguly has scored 7212 runs in 113 Tests and 11363 runs in 311 ODIs for India.

VVS Laxman to pay tribute to cricketers

Former Indian team batsman VVS Laxman announced on Sunday that he will remember the players he has played with and who have left a big impact on him for the next few days. He first took the name of his former fellow batsman Sachin Tendulkar, tweeting about Sachin, he wrote,

“His trail-blazing career is the stuff legends are made of, but even more endearing is his commitment, passion & respect for the game that made him what he is. Staying grounded despite the adulation he received is a remarkable quality, one of the hallmarks of his greatness @sachin_rt.”

After this, in honor of former captain Anil Kumble, he tweeted,

A giant in every sense, he rose above and beyond the call of duty. The grit, drive, and bravery displayed through this picture is quintessential @anilkumble1074. Never giving up, no matter what was a trait which made Anil the cricketer he became.