Irfan Pathan recalls how Sourav Ganguly used to take his sweet time in making captains wait for toss

Irfan Pathan recalls how Sourav Ganguly used to take his sweet time in making captains wait for toss
Sourav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan. (Image Source: Twitter)

In recent weeks, former England captain Nasser Hussain has been pretty vocal about Sourav Ganguly’s old habit of making captain of the opposition wait before the toss.


Even former Australian captain Steve Waugh expressed his frustration while waiting for ‘Dada’ to arrive at the toss.

During a recent interaction with Mayank Agarwal in ‘Open Nets with Mayank’, Ganguly justified his thinking behind making captains wait for the toss.


In Dada’s words, making the opposition captain wait for the toss got onto their nerves and in turn, affected their performances.

According to the current BCCI President, it all started with an accident but observing its effects working on the opposition, helped him sustain his habit.

Now, ex-India international Irfan Pathan has concurred the statement by claiming that Ganguly used to take his own sweet time to get ready for the toss, making opposition captain wait.


“On my first tour of Australia, when he made Steve Waugh wait, I remember it clearly. I would be in the dressing room and I remember whenever it was time for the toss, Dada used to look at the clock, and the manager would remind him that it’s time to go out for the toss.” Pathan recalled on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.

Despite last calls from Sachin Tendulkar and the manager, Sourav used to take his time to fix his cap, tie shoelaces and adjusting his sweater.

“During the Sydney Test, I remember it was Sachin paaji who said ‘Dada, you should go. It’s time for the toss’. But Dada would take his sweet time to put on his shoes, sweater; adjusting his cap,” Pathan added.


In the end, Pathan suggested that for a normal human being, when late, pressure is quite visible on the face. However, when looking at Dada being late, Pathan asserted that he remained unperturbed.

“When a person is getting late, the pressure becomes visible on his face but Dada would never be in a hurry,” Pathan concluded.


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