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Too Many Gentlemen in My Team, Only Harbhajan Singh Followed my Instructions: Ganguly

IANS |July 10, 2019, 6:24 PM IST
Too Many Gentlemen in My Team, Only Harbhajan Singh Followed my Instructions: Ganguly

Former skipper Sourav Ganguly has revealed that there were "too many gentlemen" in the team when he captained India and joked that's why his side struggled with mental battles against tough opponents such as Australia.

Speaking during the rain interruption in India's World Cup semifinal clash against New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Tuesday, Ganguly said: "It was very hard with that team, because we had too many gentlemen. If you ask Rahul Dravid to do that, he'll come back and say 'No no no that's not the right way to play.'

"You ask V.V.S. Laxman to do that, he'll say 'I'm concentrating on my batting.' And if you tell Sachin to do it, he will stand at mid-on and tell the mid-wicket fielder to sledge Steve Waugh, and himself not do it," Ganguly revealed with Laxman laughing alongside him.

The 47-year-old, speaking on Star Sports' Cricket Live Show, further said that only off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the one who followed his instructions. "There were a lot of issues in that team. The only ones holding the Indian flag were Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly. Sardarji did everything I told him to do," he said.

Ganguly was the captain of the Indian team from 2000 to 2005, a period when India beat Australia in a Test series at home and drew a Test series in Australia.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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