Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the two-time IPL champions, uploaded a throwback video from 2008 in which Sourav Ganguly was seen giving a motivating speech in the KKR dressing room.
Sourav Ganguly, who represented his home city of Kolkata with KKR in the first year of the IPL, was one of the iconic players.
The clip was shared with the following caption by the franchise:
“Unseen footage from 2008 – Sourav Ganguly’s motivating speech in #KKR Team meeting.”
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) July 8, 2021
In the clip, Ganguly said:
“I have been around for 14 years in international cricket. I have seen good days, I have seen bad days. You know when I was left out in 2005, when I was captain with Greg Chappell we had problems, I was left out. Nobody gave me a chance to comeback.
“Everyone, even my dad at home he used to tell me- ‘just forget it. You’ve played enough, you’ve played 300ODI, 80 odd Test matches. I don’t think you’ll play again.’ And I still came back and played after six months and played the best cricket in the last 17 months.
“Why I’m trying to say this is you never know what’s in store. And I firmly believe there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.”
In the video, Ganguly is seated next to Shoaib Akhtar, who played in the IPL’s initial season. During a motivational address, the former India captain is seen encouraging his teammates to keep believing.
In the first few seasons of the IPL, KKR didn’t have the best of luck, finishing sixth in the inaugural season. For the first time, they had to wait until 2011 to make the playoffs.
Cricketing fraternity wishes Sourav Ganguly on his birthday
Today marks the 49th birthday of Sourav Ganguly. Everyone gathered together to wish ‘Dada’ a happy birthday, from Virender Sehwag to Sachin Tendulkar.
Here are some well-wishes for the current president of the BCCI:
When Dada led you on to the field, you somehow felt taller. Happy Birthday to the captain who patted your back when you did well and put a hand around your shoulder when you didn’t. #DadaBornleader @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/FVRaHySnFI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 7, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 8, 2021
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) July 8, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2021
🥳 to the Prince who always finds gaps in every off side.
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) July 8, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 8, 2021
Sachin Tendulkar’s wish for Ganguly, his old opening partner, stood out, since the veteran wished Ganguly in his home language.
আমার প্রিয় দাদি। শুভ জন্মদিন। আপনার সামনে একটি স্বাস্থ্যকর এবং সুখী বছর কামনা করি|
My beloved Dadi. Happy birthday. Wishing you a healthy and happy year ahead. pic.twitter.com/wX9WlPZpPU
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2021