Kolkata: Disclosing for the first time the reason for his being late for the toss in the 2001 series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that delay was not deliberate.
Ganguly had infuriated Australian captain Steve Waugh by making him wait at the time of the toss; claiming to win tosses when he hadn't.
Speaking to participants of his new TV reality show 'Dadagiri Unlimited', the former India captain said the delay was not deliberate.
"There is a tradition that both team captains have to sport the team blazer while going for the toss. On that particular day, I did not get my blazer and it took time to get hold of it... That was the reason for the delay," Ganguly told a participant.
India upset Australia 2-1 in the three-match Test series after the world champions had won 16 successive matches, including the first of that series before the hosts won the next two. India, however, lost the ODI series 2-3.
Steve Waugh in his autobiography 'Out of My Comfort Zone' wrote later that he was "wound up" by Ganguly's "continued petulance" in being late for the toss, and alleged that Ganguly was late for the toss "seven times" during the historic series.