July 31, 2009

Indian cricket

Ganguly and the missing blazer

Nishi Narayanan

Sourav Ganguly, also known as the-one-who-really-wound-up-the-Aussies, has disappointed fans of mental disintegration by revealing that he arrived late for a toss with Steve Waugh during the epic 2001-02 series merely because he had left his blazer behind.

"There is a tradition that both team captains have to sport the team blazer while going for the toss,” Ganguly said on a television show. β€œOn that particular day, I did not get my blazer and it took time to get hold of it. That was the reason for the delay.”

Waugh had criticised Ganguly for repeatedly turning up late for the toss during the Tests and one-day series. Ganguly had said at the time that there was a lot to do in the mornings. β€œ... knocking up, talking to the selectors, that I may have been late by a few minutes."

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