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World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly reveals how ‘gentlemen’ Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman reacted to mental battles on field

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday joked about why the team under his charge struggled with mental battles against tough opponents such as Australia.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2019 11:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
File photo of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman
File photo of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman(LightRocket via Getty Images)
         

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday joked about why the team under his charge struggled with mental battles against tough opponents such as Australia. Speaking during the rain interruption in India’s World Cup 2019 semifinal clash against New Zealand on Star Sports’ Cricket Live Show, the 47-year-old joked that there were “too many gentlemen” in his team.

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“It was very hard with that team, because we had too many gentlemen. If you ask Rahul Dravid to do that, he’ll come back and say ‘No no no that’s not the right way to play.’ You ask VVS Laxman to do that, he’ll say ‘I’m concentrating on my batting.’ And if you tell Sachin to do it, he will stand at mid-on and tell the mid-wicket fielder to sledge Steve Waugh, and himself not do it,” Ganguly revealed with Laxman laughing alongside him.

READ | Rain interruptions expected on reserve day

The former batsman further joked that only Harbhajan Singh was the one who followed his instructions. “There were a lot of issues in that team. The only ones holding the Indian flag were Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly. Sardarji did everything I told him to do,” he said.

New Zealand found it tough to score runs after opting to bat on what seemed to be a slow and two-paced surface here on Tuesday. The Kiwis managed to reach 211 for five in 46.1 overs before rain pushed the match to the reserve day.

READ | All you need to know about the reserve day

Unrelenting rain pushed the Old Trafford semi-final between India and New Zealand into its reserve day. As per the rules stipulated by ICC, play will now resume from where it ended and New Zealand will bat out the remaining overs followed by an Indian chase.

First Published: Jul 10, 2019 11:49 IST