When Sourav Ganguly took over the captaincy of Team India, the whole team was in disarray following the match-fixing scandal in 2000. And he took no time in building a strong foundation that helped India to rule world cricket in coming years. But the man will be always remembered for instilling the fearless approach in the team. He taught the team to stare down the opposition. Before him, Indian players believed in answering the opposition with only their performances but the attitude completely changed after Ganguly took charge of the team. And he led the team with example.
So here we are presenting five instances when India’s captain courageous bullied the opposition players:
5. Making Steve Waugh wait at the toss:
One of the most successful skippers of India, Ganguly was also an expert in playing mind games. His mind games came to the fore during the historic 2001-02 home series against Australia that India won 2-1 to cut short the record run of Test wins by the mighty Aussies. The former Indian skipper would repeatedly walk out late for the toss to try and get under the skin of his Australian counterpart Steve Waugh. Ganguly gave Steve Waugh a taste of his medicine and the legendary Aussie later claimed that the incident during the toss affected his team’s performance.