Dravid and Ganguly formed a formidable batting pair during their careers and their current partnership is as much important for the growth of Indian cricket, reckons Laxman.
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their Test debuts together at Lord’s. It was a special debut for both of them, as they steered India out of trouble in their very first Test innings. While Ganguly scored a century, Dravid fell short of the three-figure mark by merely five runs. Ever since, the two players played together for the country for a large part of their careers. Ganguly and Dravid also captained the Indian teams at different stages. Today, the duo continues to stand firm in Indian cricket. While Ganguly heads the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rahul Dravid is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Laxman spoke about the importance of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid partnership in the administration of Indian cricket. “It is great! The partnership between BCCI President Ganguly and National Cricket Academy (NCA) Head Dravid. If the Indian team wants to be successful in every format, then this partnership is of utmost importance. I think everyone is important, the team captain, NCA Head and BCCI President,” said Laxman.
Recently, Ganguly recalled how he and Dravid arrived on the biggest stage together, with superlative batting performances in their very first outings. Ganguly made a memorable century while Dravid scored 95. “I was too engrossed in my performance to be honest. When he (Dravid) came into bat, I was already at 70 odd. I remember my 100 scoring shot which was a cover drive through point and he was at the non-striker’s end. I finished the day at 131, I got out an hour after tea and he carried on,” Ganguly said.“He came back the next morning and got 95. I was standing at the Lord’s balcony hoping that he would get a hundred. I have seen him play at the under 15s, then Ranji Trophy together. I had seen his debut at Eden Gardens and then seeing his debut at Lord’s. So, I watched his career closely. It would have been great had we both got hundreds that day,” he added.