Who is India's best captain? A man who has probably seen the best of two leaders has a very clear-cut opinion, much like he cleanly hits a cricket ball. Yuvraj Singh says Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done a "commendable" job as captain, but Sourav Ganguly is his "favourite." (Virat is India's angry young man, hates to lose: Yuvraj Singh)
Yuvraj made his debut under Ganguly's captaincy in the ICC Knockout Trophy (later called the Champions Trophy) in Nairobi in October 2000. That was the start of a new generation of cricketers as India tried to wriggle out of the match-fixing scandal. Not only Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan too made his debut under Ganguly's leadership in Kenya.
Yuvraj caught the attention with a gutsy 80-ball 84 against a quality Australian pace attack led by Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee at Nairobi's Gymkhana ground. India won that quarterfinal match by 20 runs as Zaheer got the crucial wickets of Adam Gilchrist and Steve Waugh. By running out the dangerous Michael Bevan and holding Ian Harvey's catch, Yuvraj won the Man of the Match award and more importantly, won Ganguly's trust.