Sourav Ganguly Reveals Laxman Tried to Pull Down his Shirt in NatWest Final Celebration
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly created ripples across cricketing world, with his shirtless celebration at historic Lord’s. The Men in Blue were chasing a dauting total of 325 and Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif went on to took India to a memorable victory in the 2002 NatWest final.
Ganguly, who was standing at the balcony of Lord’s, took off his shirt and waved it in the air. However, it might not have happened as VVS Laxman had pulled down Ganguly’s shirt.
Speaking at the launch of his autobiography ‘A Century is not Enough’ at Taj Lands End in Mumbai on Wednesday, Ganguly revealed how Laxman was trying to pull his shirt down during the incident.
Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh stood there doing nothing and watching the scene in confusion.
“When I was trying to take off my shirt, VVS started pulling it down. It became a kind of tussle between us. And Harbhajan, who was standing behind, asked what should he do? I told him to do nothing. Tu chup baith (you remain still) were my words,” Ganguly said.
Sourav Ganguly Recollects Special Gesture By Sachin
The southpaw Ganguly had made his Test debut in Lord’s, played a memorable knock in 1996. He racked up a well made century on his debut, but revealed how Sachin Tendulkar helped him by taping his bat during lunch break.
“I was batting at 110, I think and was very tired. I had batted really well and was very happy. But, the handle of my bat had loosened and needed to be fixed. So, I sat on a chair with tea and started taping the handle of my bat,” he reminsced.
Sourav Ganguly, who was also accompanied by Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma on the stage, had also thanked Sachin for his act.
“At that point of time, Tendulkar, who had already played 40 Tests by then, came to me and said, let me do it. You take rest and enjoy your tea. It was a great gesture from Tendulkar to help a ‘youngster’.”
The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, pulled the leg of Sourav Ganguly about the incident. However, he revealed the relationship they had shared over the years.
“Sourav is older than me (laughing, to which Ganguly answered- yes, but only six months older). I had a good bond with Sourav even before he played for India. We had met each other in age group cricket and shared a dressing room during the tour of 1992 in Australia,” Tendulkar stated.
“When he made a comeback, I was very happy for him and I was really happy to help him. That is what a teammate is supposed to do. I would have done the same thing for any ‘youngster’,” he concludes.
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