Former England captain Nasir Hussain has said that he used to hate Sourav Ganguly in his era. Ganguly has always made him wait for the toss. Nasir said these things by remembering the 2002 NatWest Series final between England and India.
He also praised the current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The former English captain said that Ganguly made the Indian team strong and tough. When Team India won the NatWest Series under Ganguly, Nasir was the captain of England.
“Ganguly made Team India strong,” he said in front of Ashish Nehra at Star Sports’ Cricket Connected. Even before Ganguly, Team India was a talented side. Were a good team. They were associated with the land. Good morning wishes on meeting. That is also a good experience. Now let’s talk about Ganguly’s team. Ganguly knew the passion of Indian cricket fans. They were aggressive. He also got aggressive players.”
Nasir further said, “There were many aggressive players in his team like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. But all is well when you meet them outside. I used to hate him while playing against Sourav. They made me wait every time during the toss. I have been working with him in the commentary box for over a decade now. There too they come from Lat. He is a brilliant man. Don’t like when I used to play with them but are good friends now.”
Recalling the NatWest Trophy final, he said, “Sourav took off the shirt in the balcony. Earlier in Mumbai, Andrew Flintoff did this. Through this, he sent a message to the whole world that we are Indians and are not afraid of anyone. Ganguly was followed by MS Dhoni. The challenge before him was to use that aggression to win the trophy. India could not win the tournament. But after Dhoni’s arrival, he was successful in winning the T20 World Cup in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2014.”