In a recent conversation with Harsha Bhogle, former England captain Nasir Hussain praised the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for making Team India a tough party.
Ganguly took over the captaincy in 2000 and underwent a team transfer. The team made several success after winning Test matches abroad. From caterpillars to butterflies, the team changed course and became stronger. Nasir has marked Ganguly for making India a tough team.
This evolution continued even after the Indian player retired and held the post of BCCI president. Before him, India was a good team as revealed by Nasir Hussain.
Nasr also discussed the matter with Harsha in later times when players like Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh became part of the team and described their attitude as fiery.
Nasser Hussain: India is a tough team because of Sourav Ganguly
“Before Sourav (Ganguly), India was a nice team, great players, Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin), Javagal Srinath, they had some fantastic players, but before Sourav, they were a nice team. Very sort of ‘good morning, how you doing’, you know a bit like you Harsha (Bhogle) to be honest (light-hearted tone), very nice (and) pleasant. Ganguly made them a tough team”, Nasser Hussain said to Harsha Bhogle.
The commentator also revealed that Sourav Ganguly made him wait for the toss as he did to Steve Waugh in 2001 in Eden Garden’s test.
“Waiting for the toss for Ganguly, it is half past 10, 10.31 in England, ‘where is Ganguly’?” said Nasser. Harsha asked him “He did that to you too?”
“Steve Waugh, me, everyone (light-hearted tone),” Hussain said as both shared a laugh.