Sourav Ganguly was known as a fearless leader who shaped and transformed the Indian team into what it is during his time as captain between 2000 and 2005.
Dada, as he was fondly called by his teammates, was a leader in every sense as he led by example on the field with the bat, his captaincy and even with the verbal wars that he engaged in with his opponents from time to time.
Ganguly was not one to shy away from giving it back to the opposition and also backed his players to not back down against sledging.
But Sourav Ganguly revealed on Tuesday that not all of his players were willing to engage in verbal wars as there were too many gentlemen in his team and it was only Harbhajan Singh who followed his instructions without batting an eyelid.
“It was very hard with that team, because we had too many gentlemen. If you ask Rahul Dravid to do that, he’ll come back and say ‘No no no that’s not the right way to play.’
“You ask V.V.S. 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,” Ganguly said on air during the rain interruption in the World Cup 2019 semi-final between India and New Zealand in Manchester.
“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,” said Ganguly, who turned 47 on July 8.
The first semi-final between India and New Zealand has to be stopped after 46.1 overs in the first innings due to heavy rain in Manchester.
New Zealand were 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs when rain forced the players off the field and match officials waited for more than four hours before deciding to take the game to its reserve day.
The game will resume from where it was stopped on Tuesday with Ross Taylor and Tom Latham unbeaten on 67 and 3 respectively.