When rain interrupted India’s World Cup semifinal clash against New Zealand, Sourav Ganguly, on air, spoke about the Indian team he had captained.
Reliving his captaincy days along with his former teammate VVS Laxman, Dada was responding to a question that had been posed to him regarding the mental battles that his team applied against Australia – the team which dominated World Cricket at that time.
“It was very hard with that team because we had too many gentlemen. If you ask Rahul Dravid to do that (sledging), he’ll come back and say ‘No no no that’s not the right way to play.’ You ask VVS Laxman to do that, he’ll say ‘I’m concentrating on my batting.’ And if you tell Sachin to do it, he will stand at mid-on and tell the mid-wicket fielder to sledge Steve Waugh, and himself not do it,” the former Indian captain said on the Live Show which was being aired on the Star Sports Network.
“There were a lot of issues in that team. The only ones holding the Indian flag were Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly. Sardarji did everything I told him to do.”, he added suggesting that the veteran off-spinner was one of the few players who supported him in playing mind games on and off the field.
Notably, Sourav Ganguly was the skipper of the Indian Cricket team from 2000 to 2005. During his stint as captain, India beat Australia at home, breaking Australia’s unbeaten run. India also drew a series against Australia at their home turf, a commendable achievement in that time.