Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 16 Jun 2020, 02:56:00 PM IST
Harbhajan Singh has played under the leadership of many captains. He started under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin. After this, Saurabh was part of Ganguly's team for a long time. Apart from this, he was also their captain from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma.
So, in response to the question of which captain had the most impact on his career, this 39-year-old player took the name of Saurabh Ganguly without delay. Talking with Aakash Chopra on YouTube channel, Harbhajan said, 'Saurabh Ganguly's role was very important to me. There was a time in my life that I could not understand who is with me and who is not. Many spoke of being with me at my mouth but most of them were not with me. At a time when nobody was with me, Ganguly supported me.
He said, 'The selectors were against me, they said a lot on my mouth which I cannot tell. I admire Ganguly less. If he was not the captain, I do not know if any other captain would have supported me so much.
He said, 'If one player supported my career the most, it was Saurabh Ganguly. Had he not been there, I would not have played 100 Test matches.
Harbhajan also told how Ganguly helped him become a fearless bowler. He said, 'Saurabh always helped his bowlers. He used to give you the freedom to bowl and let you do things on your own, which boosted your confidence.
'If you needed 4-5 for a catch, he would give it to you. Many times he used to ask us if fielders should be sent back, then he used to say no, let it be ahead, there will be opportunities to get out of it. If there are fours then let it be. We will try to take wickets. You need captains who support you. '