During India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004, leading the visitors to an ODI and Test triumph, the former India skipper Sourav Ganguly could not make the most of the celebrations due to tight security in the neighboring country back then. “As I was going through my kebabs in that beautiful series in Pakistan. I manage to sneak out of the back door of the hotel because the security was unreal in that series. The police did not know that I had left because I was fed up with the guns and the bullets. In a minute I got a call from the intelligence that you got to leave immediately. I got a call from Musharraf (Pervez) next morning. He said next time you do it and anything happens, it is going to be a war”
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Shocking Story – When Sourav Ganguly could have caused war between India and Pakistan & he got call from Musharraf
He was a very shy boy of around 15. I was the senior most member of the team and the management thought it would be good for a newcomer to share the room with a senior player. Skipper Chandrakant Pandit told me to keep a watch on the young man.
He was special even at that age. He was a thin boy, but very observant. His power of observation was excellent. He did not play any matches that season but he was happy to bat in the nets and being part of the Mumbai team. (As per Suru Nayak)
Being an athlete it was very difficult for me to accept. When you’re playing for 6-8 hours every day, you simply can’t believe you’ve cancer. I too was escaping from the same and I continued to play. Then the doctors told me if I continue to ignore my health then it’ll be difficult for you to survive. I thought the doctors are probably lying because I wanted to play and continued to neglect my health and then my condition deteriorated and so did my performance in the sport. With no alternative, I had to go for treatment.
The Kiwis, who looked like favorites with 35 runs required from the last 24 balls, ended on 331/7 despite Latham’s 52-ball 65 and lost the match with a narrow margin. Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “I decided that I let the bowler do what he wants to do, and that’s why I was calm….glad the bowlers came out on top”