Purple shirt. Black trousers. A smile on his face. Sourav Ganguly was the cynosure of all eyes at former star umpire Simon Taufel’s book launch at ITC Sonar’s Pala on November 2. He drew the laughs almost immediately after taking the mic. “(It’s) not me alone who is getting old!” he chuckled. The audience guffawed. He congratulated Simon on Finding the Gaps. “I had written a book last year. So, I know how difficult it is to complete this process… it is an emotional journey as well,” said the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He took a trip down memory lane, serving the audience a slice of nostalgia. “At the peak of my playing career, I have seen him very closely. In an era where technology was just starting to come in, in an era when television was so critical, in an era when people still filled up the ground for Test matches, he just stood out. I think he had enormous pressure on him to be a stand-out umpire in those days because he came from a country (Australia) which probably had the best cricket team in the last 30-35 years… cricket was played in a way when the rest of the world had to stand up and say that if I have to compete, I’ll have to be right up there,” said Sourav, before settling down for an elaborate chat.
Success, leadership, integrity, values, attitude, resilience, learning from mistakes and picking yourself up after failures, “unlocking the potential” summed up the evening.