New legacy will begin with Ganguly becoming president of BCCI: Harbhajan Singh

NEW DELHI: Indian spinner Harbhajan singh has said that a new legacy will begin with the former captain Sourav Ganguly Become the new president of the Cricket Control Board in India ( BCCI ).

He also said that Ganguly led the team flawlessly during his captaincy stint and will do the same as the president of the BCCI.

He has been a great leader for India and I personally, I learned a lot playing with him. During his captaincy, he led the team without problems. His rich legacy was carried forward by MS Dhoni and now virat Kohli is doing a fine job. I am sure that he will set the same example in BCCI as its president too. There is a certain unparalleled quality that is recognized to grant a prestigious position such as this to any individual and Dada reeks of such qualities. I am certain a new legacy begins with this journey of his just as is his field's journey, Harbhajan said.

Last month, it was announced that Harbhajan would debut in a Tamil movie titled 'Dikkiloona' that will be directed by Karthik Yogi.

When the cricketer was asked how this development arose, he replied: When Karthik arrived with the script, he honestly had no idea how it would materialize. I thought to hear it at least. However, it turned out quite well, got more and more interesting in each new stage. It is surely a challenging but equally exciting phase! I just pray and I hope my hard work here is also worth it.

Recently, the cricketer was hopeful of playing in the inaugural 'Hundred' competition slated to be played in England next year. However, the player had to withdraw his name from the players 'draft as it was in violation of BCCI' s rules and regulations.

When asked whether the board should grant authority to players about participating in foreign leagues, the cricketer replied: I withdrew my name because I am still playing IPL and if anyone still plays IPL or any form of cricket for BCCI, they are not allowed to play in any other league. If you ask me if I should be allowed to go to play for any other league apart from IPL then the board should consider few players.

Those who are not looking to play for India or may be able to set criteria for players, who have played more than 50 test matches, can get permission from the board to play there. That way, they can still protect the IPL in a very limited number of people who can play abroad (just an idea).

Harbhajan, who last played a match for India in 2016 has the experience of playing under both virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. When asked what major differences both have when it comes to leadership, the spinner said that every individual is different and has his own way of leading the side.

I believe that India is serving its best on the performing field. We have won the maximum matches under our young talented captain Virat and legendary MS Dhoni. All credit goes to their captaincy along with the constant support of our young players. Naturally, everyone's style is different hence the executing skills would also vary but the aim is the same, it only results in a great team and fabulous performance, Harbhajan said.

In addition to cricket, the athlete also talked about how he chooses a brand to support and what he wants when he wants to throw his weight behind a brand.

I think the brand comes first. I have full faith in the brand that I represent and promote as an ambassador. I have been a client of Brune&Bareskin for many years. I am delighted to see your incredible journey as a brand and now, I am excited to have the opportunity to be the face of a brand that truly represents quality, innovation and style. During the 2019 World Cup series, the entire team wore their shoes and bags. Therefore, customer acceptance makes my job easier, Harbhajan said.

Recently, Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier during a special event in Vienna. But this victory was hampered by controversy since Kipchoge was accused of wearing Nike running shoes to improve performance.

Harbhajan said there are always two sides of a coin and added that when athletes are in the field, comfortable and lightweight shoes help to concentrate better.

There are always two sides of a coin. While not much attention should be paid to anyone's choices, however, in such a scenario, popularity and regulations also come into play. I really can't say for shoes that improve performance but comfortable on the field and light shoes naturally help you focus better on the game, Harbhajan said.

The spinner has managed to take 417 wickets in the longest format of the game and has scaled 260 wickets in the ODI format.

The 39-year-old has been actively playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has had successful periods with the Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Indians.