Best India Captains debate: Azhar slams Shastri for omitting Ganguly

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 10:55 hrs
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Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin is shocked and surprised at Ravi Shastri omitting Sourav Ganguly from his list of best captains.

In an interview last week, Shastri had praised MS Dhoni, hailing him the 'dada of all captains', and kept him ahead of Kapil Dev, Ajit Wadekar and Tiger Pataudi, adding 'there is no one else'.

"It was such a stupid thing to say," Azhar said in an interview to Hindustan Times, referring to Shastri's running feud with Sourav Ganguly. "Can't he see statistics? It doesn't matter to me what he thinks of people but when Shastri refers to great Indian captains, his personal bias shouldn’t be used to insult those who have contributed more to Indian cricket,” said Azhar.

MS Dhoni has been India's most successful Test captain, winning 27 Tests during his tenure. But Ganguly is second best with 21 victories while Azhar and Virat Kohli are tied third with 14 Test wins each.

Shastri and Ganguly fell apart when the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, including Ganguly, had picked Anil Kumble over the former Team Director as India head coach last year.

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