Sourav Ganguly took a trip down memory lane and recalled the time when Indian team thrashed the Aussies in 2001 Test series. The mighty Australian team led by Steve Waugh was dominating cricket at that time and defeating them was a huge achievement for the then newly-appointed captain, Ganguly. Apart from his side’s crushing defeat another reason which left Waugh annoyed was Sourav’s unusual habit of coming late for the toss.
During his recent chat with Indian Test opener Mayank Agarwal, Ganguly revealed why he came late in the first Test back then. According to him, he had left his blazer in the dressing room and had to go back.
‘It was actually an accident. In the first Test match, I left my blazer in the dressing room. They were such a good team and I was really nervous in that series because it was my first big series as a captain. Last 25-30 years, I haven’t seen a side as good as Australia in that generation,” Ganguly told on the latest episode of ‘Open Nets with Mayank’
“Initially, I forgot my blazer in the first test but then I realized that he reacted to it. It was working on them and how they went about their jobs. They got a bit grumpy with that and it eventually worked for us as we won the series by 2-1,” the current BCCI president added.
However, later in his conversation, the 48-year-old also stated that he has tremendous respect for Steve Waugh.
“Having said that, Steve Waugh is a friend and I have tremendous respect for him as a cricketer. It was all in good humor.”