Saqlain Mushtaq narrates an interesting tale regarding his meeting with Sourav Ganguly￼
Pakistan and India are the highest-octane game played in the ICC mega event while Cricketers from the two nations have said how they got love from the other country and one such story was described by Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq in regards to current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
Pakistan and India are the highest-octane game played in the ICC mega event. The fans eagerly waited for the clash and all eyes were on Babar Azam and Virat Kohli’s form.
Cricketers from the two nations have said how they got love from the other country. One such story was described by Pakistan head coach and former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in regards to ex-India skipper and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
“I had my apprehensions about Sourav Ganguly before I first spoke to him. There are some people with whom you don’t feel like talking or interacting. He was India’s captain and a legend without a doubt. However, whenever we met, it was always “hello”, “hi” and nothing more. I had a feeling that he thinks very highly of himself,”he told SportsKeeda.
“So I never talked to him.”
“After my knee operation in 2003-04, Ganguly was there on that tour and Sachin Tendulkar as well. Sachin had just had an elbow injury. I was playing a side match against India. It was my first match after rehab and I had to play county for Sussex as the cricket season was starting,”added Saqlain.
“Ganguly brought two cups of coffee. The roofs of the two dressing rooms were together. There was just a small wall in between. You could either jump or come from behind. He jumped with two coffee cups in his hands and came to meet me. I was shocked and was wondering what he was doing here. When he came, he offered me coffee. We talked for 30 minutes. I was ashamed of myself that I had thought that he thinks highly of himself. He guided me and asked me about my knee.”
Pakistan and India will face each other in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia and the clash will be played on October 23.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir.
Standby Players: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby Players: Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.