Colombo:Describing Saurav Ganguly as one of the greatest captains of all time, Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Arjuna Ranatunga on Monday credited him for making India one of the strongest cricket sides in the world.
"Ganguly is one of the toughest captains produced by India. His strong approach to the game was visible on many occasions when India won matches under his captaincy," Ranatunga said.
Ranatunga, a former Lankan captain who led his side to the 1996 World Cup title, said Ganguly's roller-coaster career's highlight was the way he led the team.
"Starting his career as a medium-pacer who can bat, Ganguly finished his career as one of the best and stylish left-hand batsmen in the world," Ranatunga said.
"Ganguly was severe on spin bowlers and even the likes of (Muttiah) Muralitharan and (Shane) Warne had no answers. He was a great batsman against spin," Ranatunga said.
While wishing Ganguly a happy retired life, Ranatunga said he hoped the Indian star will stay attached to the game and share his "unique thinking and skills" with youngsters.
"He was still fit enough to play cricket. Ganguly was still getting runs. I think there will be a big vacuum when he goes," Ranatunga said.