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NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and squash champion Sourav Ghosal shared valuable insights on the essence of sportsmanship, particularly emphasizing the importance of handling pressure and maintaining a winning mindset in a captivating dialogue during the RevSportz’s Trailblazers 2.0 Conclave.
During the session titled ‘Sourav Calling Sourav’, Ganguly offered intriguing observations on the potential squash prowess within the Indian cricket team he once led, singling out Sachin Tendulkar for his exceptional ball sense and proficiency in racket sports.
“I think Sachin would have excelled in racket sport because of his ball sense. He played table tennis very well,” remarked Ganguly.
In a reciprocal acknowledgment of similarities, Ghosal identified with the methodical approach of legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid.
“From outside, he (Dravid) looks like a very methodical person, something that resonates with me,” expressed the squash star, highlighting Dravid’s calm demeanor and strategic thinking.
Despite residing in close proximity in Kolkata, Ganguly in Behala and Ghosal in Alipore, the two champions had not met before due to their busy schedules. However, they seized the opportunity to engage in a fruitful dialogue during the Conclave.
Reflecting on Ganguly’s resurgence in 1996 after an initial stint in 1992, Ghosal sought insights into the former captain’s mindset during the intervening period. Ganguly underscored the significance of pressure in sports, advocating for its acceptance and enjoyment.
“Sport is not about participating anymore. If you want to be treated as a champion, you have to win,” asserted Ganguly, offering a glimpse into his winning mentality.
The exchange between the two sports icons resonated with the audience, eliciting thunderous applause and reaffirming the ethos of excellence in modern-day sportsmanship.
(With inputs from ANI)


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