Hours before becoming BCCI boss, Sourav Ganguly watches ISL game with Nita Ambani

Dada took charge as the 39th BCCI president on Wednesday.

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Sourav Ganguly (L) and Nita Ambani were at the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of ISL in Kochi.
NEW DELHI: The world might be going crazy over the era of Dadagiri in cricket after former India captain Sourav Ganguly took charge as the 39th Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president on Wednesday, but we missed out on details about his epic weekend.

The 47-year-old cricketer, who is also the co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) franchise ATK, spent some quality time with Reliance Foundation's Founder Chairperson Nita Ambani in Kochi, Kerala, for the sixth edition of the sports league on Sunday.

Dada took to Twitter to post a picture with the powerhouse in sports from the opening ceremony. He boasted about the 'packed stands' at Kochi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.



He also shared a glimpse from the inauguration, announcing the 'start of ISL'.


While Ganguly was keen to spend time with Team India players on Saturday, who defeated South Africa in the third and final Test in Ranchi, he had to cancel the plan for this edition of ISL. Following that, the former cricketer, who has stepped down from the mentor-ship position of Delhi Capital, took charge as the president of the world's richest cricket board, dressed in an India blazer.
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​Sourav Ganguly takes charge as the new BCCI President at the Mumbai headquarters. ​
Sourav Ganguly takes charge as the new BCCI President at the Mumbai headquarters.

In a one minute, 48 second-long video posted by the official Twitter handle of ISL, Mrs Ambani seemed excited for the sixth edition of ISL, standing alongside Ganguly. She was quoted saying, "One of the strongest pillars of ISL has been Indian football." She further said that she was keen to see more Indian players emerge during this edition of the league.


While lauding the Indian women's football, she confirmed that the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup will be coming to India, and the U17 tournament will also launch this year. She also said that the new Children's League initiative, which is in works, will reach out to 40,000 young aspirants in three years.

Nita Ambani's starry appearance at the ISL opening launch.
Nita Ambani's starry appearance at the ISL opening launch.

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During the inaugural function, the 55-year-old sports enthusiast, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, also expressed her desire to host ISL games in the Middle East. She has urged major European clubs and brands to invest in the competition to benefit from the access it offers to an increasingly diverse sports market.

The ISL has received a boost as the Asian Football Confederation helped broker an agreement under which the competition will replace the I-League as the country's top tier from the start of the 2019-20 season. FIFA, the AFC and other soccer stakeholders see the subcontinent as a potential major growth market for the sport, and Ambani claimed the ISL has "ignited India's love for football" ad presented opportunities for potential partners domestically and from abroad.

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Ganguly, MSD & Other Skippers With Poor Toss-Winning Records
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Ahead of a T20 game against Sri Lanka last month, the Australian women’s cricket skipper Meg Lanning pulled a bunny out of the hat. She invited her teammate Alyssa Healey to flip the coin at the toss. Reason? Lanning admits to having terrible luck at tosses and here was a trick that was out-of-the-box. It worked as Australia won the toss and the game as well.

It wasn’t for nothing that Richie Benaud said, “Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill.” Although he did add, “Don’t try it without that 10 per cent”.

Here’s looking at some cricket skippers who could have done with such quirky solutions after being poor at winning tosses.

(In pic from left: Sourav Ganguly, Meg Lanning, MS Dhoni)

Ahead of a T20 game against Sri Lanka last month, the Australian women’s cricket skipper Meg Lanning pulled a bunny out of the hat. She invited her teammate Alyssa Healey to flip the coin at the toss..
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Now, if only Frederick Brown, who led England 15 times after World War II, had the provision of a substitute tosser. Paine just about managed to perform worse than Brown; the latter won only five of those 15 tosses.

Now, if only Frederick Brown, who led England 15 times after World War II, had the provision of a substitute tosser. Paine just about managed to perform worse than Brown; the latter won only five of ..
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Such are statistics that even a success rate of just above 50 per cent gets you counted among the lucky ones. Indian captains, in particular, have not really had luck smiling on them at the coin flip. Ganguly, for instance, won just about 48 per cent of the tosses in the matches he led the country in. Now try going to your old man with a report card like that.

Such are statistics that even a success rate of just above 50 per cent gets you counted among the lucky ones. Indian captains, in particular, have not really had luck smiling on them at the coin flip..
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MS Dhoni didn’t fare much better, with a toss success rate of a little under Ganguly’s. It gets worse for current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. His rate is a few digits north of 40 per cent. It isn’t for nothing he trolled himself putting up nine fingers after having lost his ninth straight toss in IPL 2019.

MS Dhoni didn’t fare much better, with a toss success rate of a little under Ganguly’s. It gets worse for current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. His rate is a few digits north of 40 per cent. It isn’t f..
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The Indians should take comfort, though, that they are not Stephen Fleming at a Test toss. The much-adored Kiwi skipper managed to call right in only 37 of the 80 Tests he captained.

The Indians should take comfort, though, that they are not Stephen Fleming at a Test toss. The much-adored Kiwi skipper managed to call right in only 37 of the 80 Tests he captained.

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