All of us had high hopes from the first semifinal match between India and New Zealand in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. Unfortunately, though the clash was interrupted due to rain and rescheduled for the reserve day (i.e. today). While we were waiting for the game to resume though, we got entertainment of a different kind.
During the Star Sports’ Cricket Live show, former skipper Sourav Ganguly was asked about Team India’s sledging strategies back in the day along with the mental games played on the field. And dada’s response will leave you in splits.
Lol! Ganguly on fire 😅 pic.twitter.com/oDaay9oYir
— rabhinder kannan (@rabhinderkannan) July 9, 2019
Dada helmed the men in blue from the year 2000 to 2005. On the sledging question, he joked saying,
“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 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.”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 1, 2019
He also revealed that,
“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.”
Don’t you just love hearing such nostalgic stories of our favourite cricketers? Also, are you guys following today’s score? The Kiwis batted first and posted a total of 239 runs at the loss of 8 wickets. Now, the men in blue have to chase 240 runs. But the loss of the first 4 wickets in quick succession is deeply concerning, don’t you think?