Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has slammed former England captain Nasir Hussain for his statement about Team India. Hussain had said a few days ago that the Indian team was good before Sourav Ganguly became captain, but he was not as aggressive. It was only after he became captain that India started winning on foreign soil.
Gavaskar is angry with his statement. He lashed out at Hussain in a column written in the English newspaper Mid-Day, saying that Hussain wanted to say that the earlier team used to call opponents as Good Morning and only smiled upon seeing them? The notion that if you are good in front of someone, you are weak. You are not strong until you behave like opponents, it is not okay.
Sachin, Dravid did not shout at the ground, were they weak: Gavaskar
The former opener further said that is he (Hussain) trying to say that players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were not strong? Just because he used to focus on sports? He did not shout at the ground, do not clash with each other, nor make obscene gestures, was that why he was weak?
‘How much does Hussain know about Team India before Ganguly’
Gavaskar lashed out at Hussain for saying how much he knew about the Indian team before Ganguly. Ganguly became the captain in the year 2000. Did he know well about the teams of the 70s and 80s that won both at home and abroad. Yes, Ganguly was the best captain, he took command in the most fragile time of Indian cricket, but to say that the team before him was not tuffed is nonsense.
Experts should stop doing anything on TV
He added, “It is very sad that no one stopped him from saying so on the show.” Now the time has come that whenever an expert gives his opinion on Indian cricket, then the people of TV just keep mixing his yes. If we do not oppose this, then we will continue to have the impression that we were good for the opposing teams, so we did not fight.
Hussain had said – Ganguly taught the team to fight
Recently, Hussain had said about Sourav Ganguly in the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’ that he was the one who made Team India strong. Earlier, the Indian team was talented, but Saurav had the passion to fight and win in it.
Ganguly creates a team of aggressive cricketers: Hussain
He had said about Ganguly in this show that the Indian team was different under his captaincy. When you used to play against India, you knew that there would be a tough struggle. You knew that Ganguly understood the passion of Indian cricket fans and it was not just a game of cricket. It was more important than the game of cricket. And they chose aggressive cricketers whether it was Harbhajan or Yuvraj or someone else. All these players knew how to answer opponents in the same way.