~~Buck~~s jibe at Sree prompted me to turn late~~

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Criticised for his late arrivals for toss which got the Australians' goat in the 2001 series, Sourav Ganguly today revealed it was John Buchanan's jibe at Javagal Srinath which prompted him to meet fire with fire in the series against the World Champions.

''We had won the Test series 2-1 and in the first ODI, Srinath was returning exhausted after bowling on a humid day when he had to walk past Buchanan and Buchanan rather arrogantly asked him why was he coming out.

''Srinath told the incident in the team meeting and decided to play the game the hard way. So I was late for toss. We had decided the only way we can beat them is by playing it the hard way and it worked,'' he said, while attending the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here today.

The former captain recalled it was a huge psychological pressure as the Australians arrived here and most of them used the media in a ploy to corner Team India.

''This is so unfortunate that our national dailies carried their column in which they just pooh-poohed us. Steve (Waugh) went to the extent of saying that Sachin (Tendulkar) was not good enough, as was Rahul (Dravid). But when we travel abroad, we don't get this opportunity.

''When we traveled to Australia in 2003, Waugh told me 'Let's turn up for toss at the right time' and I said, 'If you people behave, I'll.''' Ganguly has been seen as a belligerent player, both as a cricketer and a captain and the southpaw said, ''Actually, as captain of the cricket team, you are expected to have a good boy image. But sometimes it's not possible to play in the same way.

Result is the most important thing for you and you need to do different things at different times.

''When I took over as captain, I was quite sensitive but gradually I developed thick skin,'' he quipped.

Asked about Rahul Dravid, Ganguly said, ''First and foremost he is a great player and we must give him time to deliver the goods."

Captaining India is the toughest job and everyone has an opinion about cricket in the country.

''I found the toughest job in cricket was to address a press conference after you have lost a match. Barrage of questions await you with all the negative things put forth.

''But you have to bear with that and you just can't be sensitive. You will be lambasted but you have to put it behind and move ahead,'' he explained.

''As a captain, how you handle the failures decides your fate and it would be same with Rahul,'' Ganguly added.


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