Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has revealed how ex-captain Sourav Ganguly would take his own time to go for the toss. Ganguly had made it a habit of intentionally turning late for the toss to play with the mind of the opposition captain. The former Indian captain had made Australian captain Steve Waugh to wait for the toss on seven occasions in the 2001 historic series.
Ganguly had recently revealed that he had left his blazer on the first occasion in the dressing room and then as Waugh reacted to it, he turned out late for the toss on other occasions. Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan who observed Sourav Ganguly from close corners revealed that Ganguly would adjust his cap and wear his shoes with a sedate approach even if he was getting late for the toss.
Sourav Ganguly played mind games
In fact, Pathan revealed that Ganguly would not show any kind of urgency if he was getting late for the toss and he had to reminded by the team manager to hurry up a bit.
“On my first tour of Australia, when he made Steve Waugh wait, I remember it clearly,” Pathan said on the Cricket Connected Show. “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.”
“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 said. “When a person is getting late, the pressure becomes visible on his face but Dada would never be in a hurry.”
Sourav Ganguly was well known to play the mind games with the opposition and taking a psychological advantage even before a ball was bowled. The former Indian captain went on to lead the team with confidence and got the right results for the team.