Melbourne:Sourav Ganguly likes to keep the Australians waiting. The retired former Indian captain got on Steve Waugh's nerves by being late for toss on several occasions and during the Indian Premier League, he kept his Kolkata Knight Riders' team-mate Ricky Ponting waiting at nets.
"There were couple of times when I was due to use his net straight after him but I was left standing there, waiting 20 or 30 minutes with my pads on, before I finally had my hit," Ponting recalled in his 'Captain's Diary 2008' in the section which deals with IPL.
But far from taking offence, Ponting said he became an admirer of Ganguly's focus after watching him in action. "Sourav is very driven in the way he trains and prepares, a bloke who will get into a net and bat and bat and bat," Ponting said about his Kolkata Knight Riders captain.
Ponting, who played only four matches in the inaugural edition of IPL, said he enjoyed sharing the dressing room with players of different countries and would want to see Kolkata Knight Riders win the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament next year. "I want the IPL to work and I really want my team Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
"I was in India for a fortnight before the first IPL game, working on my game everyday, and for two weeks. By the time the first Twenty20 ball was bowled. I was really excited about the game.
"Sharing a dressing room with blokes from different countries is something I haven't done a lot of during my career. It was good fun, not so much because I suddenly confronted with a variety of cultures and different sense of humour. I love the team environment and being able to help people."