An Indian cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at Nasser Hussain, former England Captain and British Cricket Commentator for his comments on the Indian Cricket Team for not being tough enough before Sourav Ganguly took over as the Indian Skipper.
Gavaskar wrote in his Mid-Day column- “Nasser (Hussain) went on to say that earlier the team would be wishing the opposition good morning and smiling at them etc. See this perception: That if you are nice then you are weak. That unless you are in the face of the opposition, you are not tough,” Source: Times of India.
“Is he suggesting that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh to name just a few were not tough? That just because they went about their business without any chest-thumping, swearing, screaming and pumping their arms in obscene gestures, they were weak?” Source: Times of India.
Gavaskar lashed at Hussain and asked what he knew about the Indian Cricket Team before Ganguly was appointed as the new Skipper in 2000.
Further, he added- “And what does he know of the toughness of the teams in the seventies and eighties, which won overseas as well as at home to make that statement? Yes, Ganguly was a top captain, taking over the reins at a most delicate time in Indian cricket, but to say that earlier teams were not tough is nonsense,” Source: Times of India.
While on Star Sports Show Cricket Connected, Hussain once said- “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. 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.” Source: Times of India.
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Source: Times of India