Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq had a healthy relationship with the current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. The pair have faced each other a few times on the pitch and Saqlain shared an interesting story about the former India captain from their playing days.
Mushtaq shared an story that happened back in 2005-06 when he undergone a surgery on both knees and was bed-ridden for 36-37 weeks while playing for his county club Sussex.
“When India was touring England, I was playing for Sussex. They had a three-day practice match in Sussex and Sourav (Ganguly) was not playing that match. Sussex won the toss and decided to bat.”
“I think this had happened in 2005-06. I had undergone surgery on both knees and was bed-ridden for 36-37 weeks. I was both down and depressed.”
India was touring England during that time and the former Indian captain Ganguly came to see Mushtaq at the balcony during the county game. All it took was 40 minutes to win the heart of the former legendary spinner.
“I was making a comeback in that post-surgery period and Sourav had come to watch that match. When Sussex were batting, Sourav had seen me from the balcony. I did not see him because our dressing room was facing the other direction.”
“Ganguly then came to our dressing room and offered me a cup of coffee and enquired about my knees, life, family. Then we just started talking. He sat with me for 40 minutes and ended up winning my heart,” Mushtaq said.
Mushtaq also had words full of praise for the former Indian captain and believes the success will be the same for him as the BCCI president.
“When we used to play, there used to be a tremendous amount of passion from both sides. The fans used to make their presence felt. There used to be some misunderstandings as well, and even I have been a part of it. However, once the match got over, we all used to put it behind us. I have never had a misunderstanding with Sourav.”
“Sourav Ganguly has done a tremendous job when he was captaining India and I am sure that he will go a long way in taking cricket forward in his country as the BCCI President. All the best and go ahead,” he concluded.