Sourav Ganguly "Won My Heart In 40 Minutes", Reveals Former Pakistan Spinner

Updated: 25 December 2019 20:15 IST

The former Pakistan spinner heaped praise on Sourav Ganguly saying was a great captain for India and will emulate that success as BCCI President.

Sourav Ganguly "Won My Heart In 40 Minutes", Reveals Former Pakistan Spinner
Sourav Ganguly won Saqlain Mushtaq's heart after spending 40 minutes with him. © AFP

Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq hailed former India captain Sourav Ganguly on his current role as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The pair have faced each other a few times on the pitch and Saqlain shared an interesting anecdote about Ganguly from their playing days. "When India was touring England, I was playing for Sussex. They had a three-day practice match in Sussex and Sourav (Ganguly) was not playing that match. Sussex won the toss and decided to bat," Saqlain said in a video on YouTube.

"I think this had happened in 2005-06. I had undergone surgery on both knees and was bed-ridden for 36-37 weeks. I was both down and depressed.

"I was making a comeback in that post surgery period and Sourav had come to watch that match. When Sussex were batting, Sourav had seen me from the balcony. I did not see him because our dressing room was facing the other direction.

"Ganguly then came to our dressing room and offered me a cup of coffee and enquired about my knees, life, family. Then we just started talking. He sat with me for 40 minutes and ended up winning my heart."

Saqlain said that Ganguly was a great captain for India and will emulate that success as BCCI President.

"When we used to play, there used to be a tremendous amount of passion from both sides. The fans used to make their presence felt. There used to be some misunderstandings as well, and even I have been a part of it. However, once the match got over, we all used to put it behind us. I have never had a misunderstanding with Sourav," he said.

"Sourav Ganguly has done a tremendous job when he was captaining India and I am sure that he will go a long way in taking cricket forward in his country as the BCCI President. All the best and go ahead."

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Highlights
  • Former Pakistan spinner heaped praise on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
  • He said Ganguly was a great captain and will do great job as BCCI head
  • He also revealed Ganguly won his heart after spending 40 minutes with him
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