Former England captain Nasser Hussain recently has been vocal about ex-Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s habit of coming late to the toss.
During an interaction with Star Sports, Hussain cribbed about Ganguly’s tendency to arrive late for the toss, making him and the match officials wait.
Now, Ganguly has revealed the reason how he developed the trend of making opposition captains wait.
“It was an accident actually. In the first Test match, I left my blazer in the dressing room. They were such a good side, and I was really nervous in that series because it was my first big series as captain,” Sourav told Mayank Agarwal on ‘Open Nets with Mayank show on Instagram live.
Apparently, the opposition captain developed a strong disliking for Ganguly arriving late and ended up affecting their performances.
“Last 25-30 years I haven’t seen a team as good as Australia in that generation. Initially, I forgot my blazer in the first Test but then I realized that he reacted to it. It was working on them, working on the team, and how they went about their jobs. They were a bit grumpy with all that and it worked for us as we won the series 2-1,” Ganguly added.
“Having said that, Steve Waugh is a friend and I have tremendous respect for him as a cricketer. It was all in good humour,” he concluded.
However, Hussain conceded that knowing the now BCCI President, during his commentary stint helped him develop a liking.
“Sourav’s like that. When I played against Sourav, I hated him, he used to make me wait for the toss every single time, and I’ll be like, Ganguly, it’s 10.30, we have to toss,” Hussain stated earlier on ‘Cricket Connected’.
“But now I work with him for the last decade on commentary, he’s such a nice, calm, he’s still late for his commentary stints, but he is a lovely bloke. And that’s the way cricketers should be. When you play with him or against him, you don’t like him and when you meet up with him later in life, they’re nice people,” Hussain concluded.