'I am still embarrassed over shirt-stripping'

Published: Friday, April 30, 2004, 17:02 [IST]
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New Delhi:Two years after having stripped off his shirt, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has confessed that he was still embarrassed with his act at the hallowed Lord's balcony.

"I think that's one thing I am still embarrassed about. Probably it came at the heat of the moment. But I don't think I would be able to do that again," Ganguly said.

"But I don't worry about all these things. You know, I want to leave this cricket field with my own personal satisfaction, the day I finish that you know that I have given my 100 per cent," Ganguly said in BCC World's Asia Today programme to be telecast on Friday.

Indian captain had taken off his shirt and swirled it in the air after India beat England in the final of the Natwest Trophy at the Lord's in 2002. The gesture was seen as a fitting reply to Andrew Flintoff, who had done a similar thing in a One-dayer against India in Mumbai earlier.

Ganguly said captaining the Indian team was the hardest job in cricket but he enjoyed leading a side which had a young bunch of players.

"There wasn't any pressure because I have always taken captaincy as an honour. I know and I can guarantee you, it's the hardest job in cricket. Azhar must have felt the same, Sachin must have felt the same. It's a hard job but it's also a challenge. It became more easy for me to lead the side because it was a young bunch."

On the historic triumph against Pakistan, he said "It's very special because it was the first series won outside India since I started playing in 1996. I think no other series in the world is as big as this. You know its not just cricket."

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