Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly gave his outlook on the captain-coach role in any team. In a video posted by ESPN Cricinfo, Ganguly goes on to highlight the importance of a captain of a team and the role of a coach. “I think the coach has to take a back seat in cricket. It’s not like football. A lot of the current cricket coaches start to believe that I am going to run a cricket team like a football team. Because they see the Fergusons, Mourinhos and the Zidanes of the world football and they feel that cricket should also be run that way which is not the case. Cricket is a captain’s game and the coach has to take a back seat which is very important,“ Ganguly said in a video posted by ESPNCricinfo.

“When you have exceptional people in your team, you will have to at times to be a good leader, just follow the way they want to follow because sometimes they can be better than you. A leader, as I have always said, is not just my way or the highway. It’s about adjusting with the greats you have in the dressing room,” he said.

Ganguly has arguably been one of the finest captains for India and is also responsible for bringing Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and many other players in the team.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team for a two Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is series against West Indies at home. The first Test is going to start on October 4 in Rajkot.


Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.

West Indies:

Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Jahmar Hamilton, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Sherman Lewis